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  • Aug 27, 1928
    Frances Preston is born in Nashville. In 1958, she founds a local division of BMI, which collects and distributes money to songwriters and publishers for the public performance of their songs. In 1985, she moves to New York to run the entire agency
    Sep 22, 1928
    The Grand Ole Opry is cancelled for one night, as WSM airs a speech by Republican senator William Borah and a rebuttal by Democratic governor Alfred Smith
    Sep 28, 1928
    The Binkley Brothers hold the first Nashville recording session, cutting "I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows" under the guidance of producer Ralph Peer at the YMCA Hall. All the songs are re-recorded days later
    Oct 1, 1928
    The Gully Jumpers, led by Paul Warmack, record at the YMCA in Nashville with producer Ralph Peer. Two of the tracks, including "The Little Red Caboose Behind The Train," become the first songs recorded in Music City to be released as singles
    Oct 2, 1928
    DeFord Bailey has his last recording session, doing eight sides for Victor in Nashville with record producer Ralph Peer
    Oct 3, 1928
    The Grand Ole Opry's Theron Hale & His Daughters record for the first time, under the guidance of producer Ralph Peer in Nashville
    Oct 5, 1928
    Grand Ole Opry act The Crook Brothers' String Band records for the first time, with producer Ralph Peer at the helm, in Nashville
    Nov 2, 1928
    WBAW Radio debuts in Nashville. The station airs a Friday night country music show, "The Capitol Theater Owl Club," which competes with WSM's Grand Ole Opry and with WLAC for both hillbilly performers and listeners
    Nov 11, 1928
    The Federal Radio Commission re-assigns WSM Radio's dial position from 890 kilocycles to 650, where the AM station, which airs the Grand Ole Opry, remains
    Dec 23, 1928
    Drummer Buddy Harman is born in Nashville. A member of the so-called "A-Team" of session musicians, his credits include The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy," among others

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