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  • Dec 10, 1927
    "The WSM Barn Dance" officially becomes The Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 17, 1927
    G.W. Wilkerson & His Fruit Jar Drinkers make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 24, 1927
    One of the Grand Ole Opry's hoedown bands, formerly known as Paul Warmack & His Barn Dance Orchestra, works the show for the first time as The Gully Jumpers
    Dec 24, 1927
    Guitarist Sam McGee makes his first appearance in listings for the Grand Ole Opry
    Feb 1, 1928
    Harry Stone becomes a staff announcer for WSM-AM in Nashville. He will eventually take over as general manager of the Grand Ole Opry
    Mar 24, 1928
    Dulcimer player Kitty Cora Cline makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. She becomes the first female soloist to perform on the show
    Mar 31, 1928
    Fiddler Ed Poplin makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, playing for a half-hour. Within weeks, he organizes a full band that becomes a regular part of the show
    Apr 21, 1928
    Three weeks after he debuted as a fiddler, Ed Poplin's orchestra comes back to the Grand Ole Opry, where the group makes regular appearances for the next nine years
    Jun 30, 1928
    Fiddler Uncle Joe Mangrum makes his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville. He becomes a regular on the show the following year
    Aug 25, 1928
    Fiddler Jerry Rivers is born in Nashville. He joins Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys from 1949-1951, playing on such classics as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Cold, Cold Heart"

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