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  • Apr 6, 1968
    With riots expected in downtown Nashville after the April 4th shooting of Martin Luther King in Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry is cancelled. Also scotched are downtown appearances by The Beach Boys and Peter, Paul & Mary
    Aug 31, 1968
    Jeannie C. Riley makes her Grand Ole Opry debut
    Oct 18, 1968
    Bob Wills is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the second annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium
    Oct 18, 1968
    Glen Campbell wins two honors, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, during the second annual Country Music Association awards at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. NBC tapes the show for the first time for a November telecast
    Jan 4, 1969
    George Jones, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton join the Grand Ole Opry. Wynette and Tillis remain members a relatively short time
    Jan 19, 1969
    Minnie Pearl attends as the National Ballet performs at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium
    Feb 22, 1969
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs make their final public appearance on the Grand Ole Opry before a nasty split
    Apr 16, 1969
    "Hello...I'm Johnny Cash." Cash tapes the first of his ABC-TV weekly shows at the Ryman Auditorium, kicking off with "Folsom Prison Blues." The show, which features guests Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex, becomes the fifth episode aired
    May 1, 1969
    Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan tape the first installment of "The Johnny Cash Show" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. In the audience: future singer/songwriter John Hiatt
    May 10, 1969
    Stonewall Jackson performs "Don't Be Angry" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium when he rejoins the Grand Ole Opry more than four years after he was fired for not meeting the radio show's appearance minimum

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