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  • Apr 16, 1877
    Neill Acuff is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At age 26, he fathers Roy Acuff
    Oct 21, 1879
    Ida Florence Carr is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At age 23, she gives birth to future country star Roy Acuff
    Sep 15, 1903
    Roy Acuff is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. Proclaimed the King of Country Music, he becomes synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he becomes the first living inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    May 28, 1914
    Mildred Douglas is born in Jellico, Tennessee. She later marries Roy Acuff
    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
    Nov 22, 1924
    Roy "Rabbit" Acuff starts at wide receiver as Knoxville's Central High Bobcats beat the rival Wildcats for the first time in five years at Shields-Watkins Stadium. After the game, Acuff climbs a three-story building and paints the score, 13-0, on top
    Jul 7, 1929
    While playing baseball at Knoxville's Caswell Park, Roy Acuff collapses from sunstroke. After three more attacks, Acuff gives up plans for a baseball career and ends up in music
    Oct 21, 1936
    Roy Acuff and his Crazy Tennesseans record "Wabash Cannonball" at the Furniture Mart Building in Chicago, Illinois. Sam "Dynamite" Hatcher sings lead while Acuff whistles in the background
    Oct 26, 1936
    Roy Acuff holds his first recording session with his band, The Crazy Tennesseans, cutting "The Great Speckled Bird" at the Furniture Mart Building in Chicago
    Dec 25, 1936
    Roy Acuff marries Mildred Douglas in Middlesboro, Kentucky

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