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  • Jan 16, 1935
    Nashville's Francis Craig leads his orchestra at the inaugural ball for Tennessee governor Hill McAlister. Craig goes on to write and record the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a 1977 country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Jan 26, 1935
    The comedy duo Sarie & Sally makes its Grand Ole Opry debut
    Feb 2, 1935
    The Missouri Mountaineers, led by guitarist Jack Shook, make their Grand Ole Opry debut. The band is a regular on the Opry for nearly five years. Shook goes on to play on recordings by Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Faron Young
    Apr 22, 1935
    Drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland is born in Saltillo, Tennessee. He plays on most of Johnny Cash's hits--including "Ring Of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue" and "Folsom Prison Blues"--as well as Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" and The Statler Brothers' "Flowers On The Wall"
    Jun 9, 1935
    Guitarist Jimmy "Spider" Wilson is born in Nashville. He becomes a member of Little Jimmy Dickens' band and plays on Skeeter Davis' "The End Of The World," Ray Price's "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" and Faron Young's "Sweet Dreams"
    Aug 31, 1935
    Ike Everly marries Margaret Embry in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Their sons, Don and Phil, become The Everly Brothers
    Nov 27, 1935
    Drummer Al Jackson Jr. is born in Memphis. A member of Booker T. & The MG's, he plays on hundreds of soul hits, including Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," ranked among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    May 30, 1936
    Following a two-year stay with the program, the blackface comedy duo Lasses & Honey makes its final Grand Ole Opry appearance
    Jun 12, 1936
    Dr. Humphrey Bate dies of a heart ailment at his home in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. Bate's band, The Possum Hunters, was the first to play country music on WSM Radio, which would launch the Grand Ole Opry. The Possum Hunters were a component of the Opry for its first 10 years
    Jun 13, 1936
    The Dixie Tabernacle becomes the home of the Grand Ole Opry, seating 3,500. The Opry remains there for the next three years. Pee Wee King and Roy Acuff both make their first Opry appearances at the venue

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