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  • Jan 30, 1940
    Record producer Jerry Bradley is born in Nashville. He succeeds Chet Atkins in 1973 as the head of RCA's country division, producing hits for Charley Pride, Dave & Sugar and Johnny Russell; and overseeing key releases by Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019
    Jun 28, 1940
    The movie "Grand Ole Opry" debuts at Nashville's Paramount Theater, starring Roy Acuff. Also appearing: Uncle Dave Macon and Opry founder George D. Hay
    Nov 30, 1940
    Minnie Pearl makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville
    Apr 19, 1941
    Songwriter Bobby Russell is born in Nashville, Tennessee. His hits include Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey," Roger Miller's "Little Green Apples" and Reba McEntire's "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"
    Jul 26, 1941
    Bobby Hebb, celebrating his third birthday, gives his first public performance at the Bijou Theatre in Nashville. He will record a version of "Night Train To Memphis" that will be considered one of the 500 greatest country singles in the 2003 Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Nov 28, 1941
    Eddy Arnold marries Sally Gayhart in Nashville
    Feb 28, 1942
    "The Roy Acuff Songbook Show" debuts on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Sales of the folio eventually approach 1 million copies, providing seed money for the founding of Acuff-Rose Publishing
    Jul 20, 1942
    Carl Dean is born at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He is destined to marry Dolly Parton, a role in which he becomes known for his avoidance of public sightings
    Oct 30, 1942
    Acuff-Rose Music Publishing is founded in Nashville on a handshake by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose. The first music publisher in the city, Acuff-Rose handles copyrights for Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Don Gibson, among others
    Jan 8, 1943
    Pop singer Jimmy Elledge is born in Nashville. Discovered by Chet Atkins, he becomes the first performer to earn a hit with the Willie Nelson-written standard "Funny How Time Slips Away"

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