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  • Jun 22, 1944
    Roy Acuff announces he will "under no circumstances" run for governor for Tennessee's Republican party
    Jun 23, 1944
    More than four months after withdrawing his candidacy for governor of Tennessee, Roy Acuff releases a four-paragraph statement reiterating the move. Acuff says his music career remains his top priority
    Jul 3, 1944
    Roy Acuff formally announces he is not a candidate for Tennessee governor and asks that his name not be placed on the ballot
    Jul 15, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry
    Jul 20, 1944
    Bill Browder is born in Humboldt, Tennessee. Under the stage name T.G. Sheppard, he segues from record promotion into performing, developing pop-slanted 1980s country hits, including "I Loved 'Em Every One," "Only One You" and "Slow Burn"
    Nov 3, 1944
    The first graphite reactor, designed to produce atomic power, goes into operation in the secret government town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The community's name is soon borrowed by the Oak Ridge Quartet, which becomes The Oak Ridge Boys
    Nov 7, 1944
    Roy Acuff loses $100 in a bet with Ernest Tubb when Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Thomas Dewey for president
    Nov 12, 1944
    Booker T. Jones is born in Memphis. The namesake of "Green Onions" R&B act Booker T. & The MG's, he produces Willie Nelson's album "Stardust"
    Nov 30, 1944
    R&B singer Luther Ingram is born in Jackson, Tennessee. He records the original version of "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right," remade as a 1979 country hit by Barbara Mandrell
    Dec 4, 1944
    Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session at the WSM radio studios in Nashville. He records his first hit, "Each Minute Seems A Million Years," and his first version of "The Cattle Call"

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