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  • Jan 20, 1923
    WMC Radio goes on the air in Memphis, Tennessee, as a subsidiary of The Memphis Commercial Appeal. The signal proves significant in the careers of Eddy Arnold and Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay
    Jun 19, 1923
    Guitarist Robert "Jabbo" Arrington is born in Nashville. He plays on Little Jimmy Dickens' "A-Sleeping At The Foot Of The Bed" and "Hillbilly Fever," plus several recordings by Carl Smith
    Jun 24, 1923
    Soprano Millie Kirkham is born in Hermitage, Tennessee. She provides a high harmony voice on numerous hits, including Ferlin Husky's "Gone," Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
    Aug 2, 1923
    Memphis broadcaster George D. Hay, working on WMC, becomes the first radio personality to announce the death of president Warren G. Harding. Two years later, Hay establishes the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
    Feb 16, 1924
    Jo Walker-Meador is born in Orlinda, Tennessee. She serves as executive director of the Country Music Association from 1962-1991 and is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995
    Jun 16, 1924
    Addie Cauzette Willoughby is born in Paris, Tennessee. She marries James Crowell and gives birth to country singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell
    Jun 20, 1924
    Chet Atkins is born in Luttrell, Tennessee. The consummate guitarist, he develops a successful career as an instrumentalist, but also runs RCA Records' country division and helps create the Nashville Sound, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973
    Jun 28, 1924
    George Morgan is born in Waverly, Tennessee. The pop-influenced singer joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, just before the release of his biggest hit, "Candy Kisses." The father of Lorrie Morgan, he reaches the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998
    Aug 3, 1924
    Gordon Stoker, of The Jordanaires, is born in Gleason, Tennessee. The quartet sings back-up on singles by Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Dean and Tammy Wynette, among others, gaining enrollment in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Sep 19, 1924
    Songwriter Horace "Danny" Dill is born in Dollar Hill, Tennessee. Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, he writes Lefty Frizzell's "The Long Black Veil," Patsy Cline's "So Wrong" and Bobby Bare's "Detroit City"

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