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  • Jan 9, 1911
    Entertainment journalist Red O'Donnell is born in Nashville. He becomes one of the first reporters to write regularly about country music for The Nashville Banner
    Feb 28, 1911
    Jim Denny is born in Buffalo Valley, Tennessee. House manager for the Grand Ole Opry, an influential music publisher and booking agent, he joins the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously in 1966
    Mar 5, 1911
    Bass player/comedian Bill Wesbrooks is born in Gibson County, Tennessee. Known as Cousin Wilbur on stage, he joins Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1940-1944, appearing on such Monroe hits as "Kentucky Waltz" and "Footprints In The Snow"
    May 28, 1911
    Drummer Farris Coursey is born in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. He goes on to play on Red Foley's "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," Hank Williams' "Kaw-Liga," Jim Reeves' "Welcome To My World" and Bobby Helms' "Fraulein," among many others
    Jun 15, 1911
    Piano player Marvin Hughes is born in Nashville. His credits include: Faron Young's "Country Girl," Elvis Presley's "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" and Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go," on which he plays vibes
    Jul 25, 1911
    Songwriter Mel Foree is born in McMinn County, Tennessee. Employed as a song plugger by Acuff-Rose Music, he writes a Gene Watson hit, "No One Will Ever Know"
    Nov 4, 1911
    Wilma Wyatt is born in Harriman, Tennessee. Under the stage name Dixie Lee, she becomes a singer and actress, marrying Bing Crosby, who finds his way onto the country charts with a 1943 recording of "Pistol Packin' Mama"
    Dec 26, 1911
    Dobro player Beecher Kirby is born in Sevier County, Tennessee. Under the name Bashful Brother Oswald, he becomes a key member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys, eventually joining the Grand Ole Opry as a solo act in 1995
    May 30, 1912
    Alcyone Bate Beasley is born in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. She sings on the Grand Ole Opry with The Possum Hunters, a string band led by her father, Dr. Humphrey Bate. She also sings backup on Ernest Tubb's "Blue Christmas"
    Oct 25, 1912
    "Howdeee! I'm just so proud to be here!" Sarah Colley is born in Centerville, Tennessee. Performinig as Minnie Pearl, she spends 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and becomes a regular on "Hee Haw," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975

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