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  • Oct 26, 1950
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs sign with Columbia Records, where the bluegrass duo will reach its commercial peak
    Oct 26, 1949
    Future Country Music Association nominee B.B. King has a daughter, Shirley King
    Oct 26, 1944
    Decca releases a double-sided hit by Floyd Tillman & His Favorite Playboys: "Each Night At Nine" backed with "G.I. Blues"
    Oct 26, 1937
    W.H. Stepp records "Bonaparte's Retreat" in Lakeville, Kentucky
    Oct 26, 1936
    Ernest Tubb takes part in a recording session for the first time, as a supporting guitarist for Carrie Rodgers, the widow of Jimmie Rodgers. Tubb plays the late singer's Martin guitar
    Oct 26, 1936
    Roy Acuff holds his first recording session with his band, The Crazy Tennesseans, cutting "The Great Speckled Bird" at the Furniture Mart Building in Chicago
    Oct 26, 1936
    Session guitarist Al Casey is born in Long Beach, California. Working on the West Coast, he appears on recordings by The Beach Boys and by Glen Campbell, including "Wichita Lineman," "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" and "Galveston"
    Oct 26, 1936
    Elmo Shropshire is born in Lexington, Kentucky. He becomes one-half of the duo Elmo & Patsy, whose Christmas novelty "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" emerges as a weird annual tradition beginning in 1979
    Oct 26, 1929
    Neal Matthews is born in Nashville. As a member of The Jordanaires, he sings background on hits by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and others, propelling the quartet into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Oct 26, 1929
    Fiddlin' John Carson's 17-year-old son, John L. Carson, dies at Atlanta's Piedmont Sanitarium from tetanus and blood poisoning, picked up when he stepped on an infectious nail after the family's house had burned

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