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  • Jul 3, 1926
    Uncle Jimmy Thompson plays his fiddle on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, marking a return to the show less than two months after he broke his arm
    Jul 24, 1926
    The Crook Brothers make their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, then called "The WSM Barn Dance." The group plays the Opry for the next 62 years. Also debuting on the show: Sid Harkreader
    Oct 30, 1926
    The Binkley Brothers and Theron Hale make their Grand Ole Opry debuts
    Nov 28, 1926
    Nashville radio station WLAC signs on the air, competing for the city's hillbilly talent with WSM and the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 5, 1926
    WSM Radio, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, goes off the air through the end of the year to upgrade its signal, from 1,000 watts to 5,000
    Jan 29, 1927
    Fiddler George Wilkerson performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Later in the year, he brings his string band, The Fruit Jar Drinkers, aboard
    Mar 25, 1927
    Musician/executive Joe Talbot is born in Nashville. A member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys from 1950-1954, he plays steel guitar on "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I," "The Golden Rocket" and "I'm Moving On," among others
    May 7, 1927
    Fiddler Paul Warmack debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, months before he introduces his group The Gully Jumpers to the show
    Jul 16, 1927
    Fiddlin' Arthur Smith makes his first documented appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
    Sep 20, 1927
    Pearl Butler is born in Nashville. Joining her husband Carl, she records the 1962 hit "Don't Let Me Cross Over"

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