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  • Sep 1, 1948
    Actor Robert Mitchum is one of four people arrested for marijuana use at a home in the Hollywood Hills. Mitchum fears it will end his career, but he goes on to take part in many more movies as well as a country hit: "Little Old Wine Drinker Me"
    Sep 1, 1948
    Drummer Russ Kunkel is born in Pittsburgh. He plays on country hits by Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, plus pop hits by James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Stevie Nicks, among others
    Sep 2, 1948
    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He appears in four Super Bowls, but also nets a recording contract with Mercury in 1975, recording a minor country hit with "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
    Sep 3, 1948
    Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer is born in Flint, Michigan. He authors the rock classic "We're An American Band," referenced in The Eli Young Band's 2009 country hit "Always The Love Songs"
    Sep 4, 1948
    Eddy Arnold forfeits his Grand Ole Opry membership to host a show of his own on the CBS Radio Network
    Sep 5, 1948
    The cattle-rustling picture "Night Time In Nevada" debuts with Roy Rogers and The Sons Of The Pioneers on screen. Among the songs performed is the classic "Big Rock Candy Mountain"
    Sep 7, 1948
    Roy Acuff is hit by a grapefruit when unidentified assailants throw eggs and fruit as he campaigns for governor in Kingsport, Tennessee
    Sep 11, 1948
    Ann Wagner marries Paul Beaulieu in Groton, Connecticut. As a result, daughter Priscilla Wagner becomes Priscilla Beaulieu, 11 years before she is destined to meet future husband Elvis Presley
    Sep 11, 1948
    Hank Thompson begins starring in the Mutual Radio Network's "Smoky Mountain Hayride." Within several months, he leaves for the Grand Ole Opry, but when he discovers his check for performing is less than $10, he returns to Waco, Texas
    Sep 11, 1948
    Eddy Arnold accepts a position as host of a new radio show called "Hometown Reunion." It requires him to be in a different city every weekend, so he resigns from the Grand Ole Opry. He uses "The Cattle Call" as the new show's theme

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