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Jim Denny
Birth: Feb. 28, 1911
Buffalo Valley
Putnam County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1963
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Country music talent agent and song publisher. He moved to Nashville at sixteen and found work as a mailroom clerk for the National Life and Accident Insurance Company which owned radio station WSM (the call letters stood for We Shield Millions) and the Grand Ole Opry. He eventually made a career in the company’s accounting department but found himself drawn to backstage oddjobs at the Opry. By the 1940’s he became the director of WSM’s Artists Service which was the booking department of the company and also served as the house manager for the Grand Ole Opry. In 1953 he formed Cedarwood Publishing Company (a company whose staff writers turned out hits such as “Detroit City” and “Tobacco Road”) with Opry star Webb Pierce. Denny was voted “Country and Western Man of the Year” by Billboard magazine in 1955 only to be fired from the Opry the next year due to conflicts arising from his publishing and booking companies. Leaving the Opry in 1956 he formed Jim Denny Artist Bureau and took such artist as Pierce, Carl Smith, Minnie Pearl, Red Sovine and Hank Snow along as clients. Three months after his termination he signed what country music historians consider as one of the largest talent deals at the time providing artist for the “Philip Morris Country Music Show.” Jim Denny was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966. (bio by: Kim Inboden) 
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.14869, -86.73012
 
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Originally Created by: Kim Inboden
Record added: Oct 12, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11937904
Jim Denny
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Jim Denny
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Jim Denny
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