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  • Dec 21, 1937
    Drummer Jimmy Van Eaton is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He plays on Sun Records singles by Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Billy Lee Riley and Jerry Lee Lewis, including "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On"
    Jan 1, 1938
    Texas Ruby performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, part of a duet act with husband-to-be Curly Fox
    Jan 3, 1938
    Eddy Arnold makes his Memphis radio debut on WMPS. The live show, which pairs him with Speedy McNatt, lasts less than two weeks
    Jan 14, 1938
    Eddy Arnold and Speedy McNatt are fired from their jobs as live performers on Memphis radio station WMPS less than two weeks after they started the gig
    Jan 15, 1938
    Looking for a new employer, Eddy Arnold and Speedy McNatt visit WMC in Memphis. The program director has them record four songs at the Hotel Gayoso for their audition, marking the first time Arnold's voice is recorded
    Jan 18, 1938
    Piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins is born in Spring City, Tennessee. A key Nashville studio musician, he plays on Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and Dolly Parton's "Jolene," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012
    Feb 5, 1938
    Roy Acuff makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Dixie Tabernacle in Nashville. Within days, sacks of mail begin arriving at WSM radio, requesting the boy who sang "Great Speckled Bird" be invited back. Acuff sideman Clell Summey becomes the first to play Dobro on the Opry
    Feb 19, 1938
    Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans make their first appearance as a regular act on the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff is the first vocalist to front his own band on the Opry
    Feb 26, 1938
    Fearing that local residents will be insulted by having his band named The Crazy Tennesseans, Roy Acuff makes his first Grand Ole Opry appearance in which the group is billed under a new name, The Smoky Mountain Boys
    Mar 5, 1938
    Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay returns to work at WSM Radio after taking a 14-month leave of absence with nervous exhaustion

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