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  • Mar 9, 1925
    Ralph Sloan is born in Wilson County, Tennessee. He forms a clog-dancing group, The Tennessee Travelers, who join the Grand Ole Opry in 1952. Following his death in 1980, Sloan's brother takes over the act, re-naming it The Melvin Sloan Dancers
    Jun 15, 1925
    Fiddler Tommy Vaden is born in Nashville. A longtime member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys, he plays on "I'm Moving On" and "The Golden Rocket," plus hits by Faron Young, Jim Reeves and Webb Pierce
    Jun 18, 1925
    Dance band leader Francis Craig purchases a home on Whitland Avenue in Nashville. He goes on to write the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette in 1977
    Jul 27, 1925
    Annie Lou Dill is born in Skull Bone, Tennessee. She becomes the wife of songwriter Danny Dill, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry
    Sep 13, 1925
    WDAD becomes the first radio station in Nashville, airing some country music before WSM, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry, signs on more than three weeks later
    Sep 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his radio debut on Nashville's WDAD. One month later, he similarly appears on WSM, where he eventually becomes an early mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry
    Sep 27, 1925
    Dobro player Josh Graves is born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. He records with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs for nearly 15 years, becoming a major influence on the development of his chosen instrument
    Oct 5, 1925
    WSM signs on the air in Nashville. The station becomes an important magnet for country music by developing the Grand Ole Opry. Eventually, the country industry is clustered in the Tennessee capital, known as Music City
    Oct 17, 1925
    Songwriter Ted Jarrett is born in Nashville. Primarily an R&B composer, he also pens Webb Pierce's 1955 country hit "Love, Love, Love"
    Oct 18, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters debut on Nashville's WSM Radio

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