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  • Dec 14, 1899
    DeFord Bailey is born in Smith County, Tennessee. The first African-American to play the Grand Ole Opry, the harmonica player is a key member of the cast until his firing in 1941. He's inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005
    Aug 8, 1900
    Herald Goodman, of The Vagabonds, is born in Tennessee. The vocal group becomes one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular acts during the 1930s
    Sep 10, 1900
    Dance band leader Francis Craig is born in Dickson, Tennessee. He writes a 1947 pop hit, "Near You," which is destined to become a country hit in 1977 for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Sep 27, 1901
    Songwriter Beasley Smith is born in McEwen, Tennessee. He writes the pop standard "That Lucky Old Sun" and the Roy Acuff classic "Night Train To Memphis"
    Feb 3, 1902
    Piano player Lillian Hardin Armstrong is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She appears on one country single during her life, playing alongside her husband, trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, on Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    Dec 11, 1902
    The Nashville Musicians Union--Local 257--is founded. All musicians who play on a "master" recording are paid through the AFM
    May 2, 1903
    Margaret Umensetter is born in Chattanooga. She becomes known as Sally in the Grand Ole Opry comedy duo Sarie & Sally
    Sep 15, 1903
    Roy Acuff is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. Proclaimed the King of Country Music, he becomes synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he becomes the first living inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Dec 23, 1904
    Riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, who funded construction of the Union Tabernacle, dies in Nashville. After his passing, the building is renamed the Ryman Auditorium, eventually becoming the venue for the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 25, 1904
    During riverboat captain Thomas Ryman's funeral at Nashville's Union Gospel Tabernacle, the building is renamed the Ryman Auditorium. It becomes a significant live venue, hosting the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years

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