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  • 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
    Dec 13, 1936
    Hairl Hensley is born in Madisonville, Tennessee. He works at several radio stations in Knoxville and Nashville, serving as an announcer for the Grand Ole Opry for 35 years, beginning in 1972
    Jan 4, 1937
    Songwriter Lorene Mann is born in Huntland, Tennessee. She authors Rex Allen's "Don't Go Near The Indians" and Kitty Wells' "Left To Right"
    Jan 23, 1937
    The Lakeland Sisters make their Grand Ole Opry debut at the Dixie Tabernacle in Nashville. The trio remains Opry members a scant 18 months
    Mar 17, 1937
    Sarah Colley--the future Minnie Pearl--leaves Sevierville, Tennessee, where she's directing a play, for Centerville when she learns her father, Thomas Colley, has died

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