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  • Sep 20, 1895
    Songwriter Bob Miller is born in Memphis, Tennessee. An associate of Elton Britt, he pens the Ernest Tubb hit "Driftwood On The River" and is among the inaugural 20 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
    Feb 10, 1896
    Banjo player Claude Lampley is born in Bon Aqua, Tennessee. He becomes an original member of The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band affiliated with the Grand Ole Opry from its early years until the 1970s
    May 7, 1896
    Gale Binkley is born in Cheatham County, Tennessee. As a member of The Binkley Brothers, he participates in the inaugural Nashville recording session, held at the YMCA in 1928
    Jul 19, 1896
    Banjo player William Hardison is born in Maury County, Tennessee. He joins The Gully Jumpers, a stringband that begins a lengthy Grand Ole Opry association in 1927 and becomes the first Victor act to record in Nashville
    Jun 22, 1897
    The balcony is completed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, future home of the Grand Ole Opry. The extra level of seats is installed to accommodate an upcoming convention of Civil War veterans and is dubbed the Confederate Gallery
    Dec 16, 1897
    Guitarist Bob Gardner is born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. He joins Lester McFarland in Mac & Bob, a blind duo that records for Brunswick in the 1920s and reaches its pinnacle the following decade with "The National Barn Dance" in Chicago
    Feb 26, 1898
    Sid Harkreader is born in Gladeville, Tennessee. A fiddler and guitarist, he performs alongside Uncle Dave Macon in a career that includes on-again, off-again membership in the Grand Ole Opry
    Apr 10, 1898
    Fiddlin' Arthur Smith is born in Bold Springs, Tennessee. He performs on the Grand Ole Opry from 1929-1938, helping popularize the long-bow style of fiddle playing
    Dec 2, 1898
    Herman Crook is born in Scottsboro, Tennessee. The Crook Brothers perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry for 62 years
    Nov 4, 1899
    Kirk McGee is born in Tennessee's Williamson County. Teaming with older sibling Sam McGee, the McGee Brothers play guitar behind Uncle Dave Macon and become regulars on the Grand Ole Opry from the mid-1920s until Sam's death in 1975

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