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  • 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
    Jan 8, 1928
    Luther Perkins is born in Tennessee. The guitarist plays an essential role in defining Johnny Cash's "boom-chicka-boom" rockabilly sound, beginning in 1955. Perkins is lauded in the title of Cash's Top 10 1959 single "Luther Played The Boogie"
    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
    Feb 3, 1928
    Blues musician Tommy Johnson records "Cool Drink Of Water Blues" in Memphis. It gets listed among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Feb 14, 1928
    Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt records "Frankie" in Memphis, Tennessee. The song pre-dates Jimmie Rodgers' recording of "Frankie And Johnny" and another version by Memphis' Elvis Presley
    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
    Hank Williams' bass player, Hillous Butrum, is born in Lafayette, Tennessee. He remains with Williams for just one year, however, leaving the Drifting Cowboys in July 1950 to join Hank Snow's band

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