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  • Sep 1, 1918
    Maggie Cavender is born in Nashville. She becomes the longtime executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International
    Sep 3, 1918
    Harmonica player Jimmie Riddle is born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He joins Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys in September 1943, remaining with the group for all but four years of his career. He also becomes one-half of the comedic duo Riddle & Phelps, joining the cast of "Hee Haw"
    Sep 14, 1918
    Sun recording artist Malcolm Yelvington is born in Covington, Tennessee. He appears among the backing vocalists on Johnny Cash's 1957 hit "Home Of The Blues"
    Feb 13, 1919
    Bless his little pea-pickin' heart: Tennessee Ernie Ford is born in Bristol, Tennessee. His 1955 hit "Sixteen Tons" is the musical high point of a career that includes radio, recording, his own network TV show, and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Aug 30, 1919
    Muriel Deason is born in Nashville. Known publicly as Kitty Wells, her 1952 single "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" is the hallmark of a Hall of Fame career that brings her 13 years of hits and the nickname the Queen of Country Music
    Nov 19, 1919
    The family of 16-year-old Roy Acuff moves from Maynardville, Tennessee, to Fountain City, near Knoxville. At Central High School, principal Hassie Gresham hears him singing and insists he lead the music in chapel. It becomes a regular role
    Jan 16, 1920
    Trumpet player and background vocalist Karl Garvin is born in Tennessee. He supports country hits by Jim Reeves, Claude King and Johnny Cash, notably providing one of the two mariachi trumpets on "Ring Of Fire"
    Feb 17, 1920
    Guitarist Billy Byrd is born in Nashville, Tennessee. After working with Little Jimmy Dickens and George Morgan, he backs Ernest Tubb from 1949-1959, then returns for two more short stints with The Texas Troubadours
    Feb 22, 1920
    Del Wood is born in Nashville, Tennessee. The pianist's ragtime remake of "Down Yonder" leads to a 1953 induction into the Grand Ole Opry, where she remains until her death in 1989
    Mar 10, 1920
    Kenneth "Jethro" Burns is born in Conasauga, Tennessee. His comedic duo Homer & Jethro joins the Country Music Hall of Fame after making numerous satirical records, including a send-up of "The Battle Of New Orleans" as "The Battle Of Kookamonga"

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