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  • Feb 9, 1908
    Guitarist Howard Ragsdale is born in Lyles, Tennessee. He joins The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band that finds a home on the Grand Ole Opry from the radio show's early years until the 1970s
    May 30, 1909
    Banjo player Lewis Crook is born in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. He joins The Crook Brothers, to whom he is not related, and the act performs on the Grand Ole Opry for a whopping 62 years
    Jul 23, 1910
    Recording engineer Aaron Shelton is born in Erin, Tennessee. He co-founds the Castle Recording Studio--one of Nashville's first recording sites--and runs the board for hits by Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Red Foley and Carl Smith, among others
    Nov 9, 1910
    Fiddler Arnim LeRoy Fox is born in Graysville, Tennessee. Known as Curly Fox, he pairs with Texas Ruby to create one of the top husband-and-wife musical teams of the 1930s and '40s
    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 Mt. 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"

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