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  • Dec 23, 1967
    Jack Greene joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing "There Goes My Everything" and "What Locks The Door" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
    Mar 9, 1968
    Irene Ryan, who plays Granny on "The Beverly Hillbillies," is a special guest on the Grand Ole Opry
    Mar 15, 1968
    The Byrds, including Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, play the Grand Ole Opry with steel guitarist Lloyd Green. Some fans hoot and call for them to get haircuts. Their set list includes Merle Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home" and their own "Hickory Wind"
    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

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