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  • Jun 2, 1927
    Carl Butler is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, he notches his lone #1 single when wife Pearl Butler joins him for "Don't Let Me Cross Over" in 1962. He also pens Ricky Skaggs' "Crying My Heart Out Over You"
    Jun 12, 1927
    Songwriter Penny Jay is born in Knoxville. She authors Carl & Pearl Butler's biggest hit, "Don't Let Me Cross Over"
    Jul 16, 1927
    Fiddlin' Arthur Smith makes his first documented appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jul 21, 1927
    Record producer Ralph Peer drives into Bristol, Tennessee, where he erects a recording studio in a hat warehouse. He uses the site to record Ernest Stoneman and to hold the first sessions with The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers
    Jul 25, 1927
    Producer Ralph Peer begins 12 days of recordings in a Bristol, Tennessee, warehouse as he holds a session with Ernest Stoneman. Within days, his field work turns up two new, significant acts: Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. The Bristol sessions will be referred to as "the big bang of country music"
    Aug 1, 1927
    The Carter Family records for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee, with producer Ralph Peer. Among the trio's four songs are "Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow" and "The Storms Are On The Ocean"
    Aug 2, 1927
    In the trio's second day of recording, The Carter Family cuts "Single Girl, Married Girl" and "The Wandering Boy" in Bristol, Tennessee
    Aug 3, 1927
    Jimmie Rodgers auditions for record producer Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee. He receives a thumbs-up, leading to a historic recording session the following day
    Aug 4, 1927
    Jimmie Rodgers records for the first time in Bristol, Tennessee, singing "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" and "The Soldier's Sweetheart" during an afternoon session with producer Ralph Peer at a hat warehouse at 408 State Street
    Aug 10, 1927
    Jimmy Martin is born in Sneedville, Tennessee. He becomes the first lead singer in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, later breaking away to forge a solo bluegrass career

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