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  • Jun 19, 1926
    DeFord Bailey makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, becoming the first African-American to perform on the program
    Jun 27, 1926
    Steel player Ivan "Little Roy" Wiggins is born in Nashville. He plays on more than 50 Eddy Arnold hits, including "Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me," "Texarkana Baby" and "Bouquet Of Roses"
    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
    Sep 17, 1926
    Bill Black is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He goes on to become Elvis Presley's first bass player, participating in such hits as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," "All Shook Up" and "Don't Be Cruel"
    Oct 14, 1926
    Kenny Roberts is born in Lenoir City, Tennessee, with the given name George Kingsbury. The yodeling singer/songwriter earns a handful of country hits on Coral Records in 1949 and 1950
    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
    Dec 10, 1926
    Euneta Paskel is born in Cookeville, Tennessee. As an adult, she marries Bashful Brother Oswald, a member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain Boys

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