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  • Dec 30, 1944
    Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"
    Apr 14, 1945
    Buddy Harroll, of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, is the first to play trumpet on the Grand Ole Opry, delivering "Taps" in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died two days earlier
    Sep 15, 1945
    The Oak Ridge Boys' founder, Wally Fowler, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Sep 29, 1945
    Jimmy Wakely makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Dec 8, 1945
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs perform together on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time as members of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. The moment at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is a seminal bluegrass event
    Feb 16, 1946
    Jack Guthrie makes a guest appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
    Mar 16, 1946
    Grandpa Jones appears on the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time, as a member of Pee Wee King's band
    Apr 6, 1946
    Believing he can earn more money on the road than at the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff makes what is supposed to be his final Opry appearance. He returns to the Nashville cast one year later
    Apr 13, 1946
    Red Foley debuts as the host of the Prince Albert segment of the Grand Ole Opry, taking the place of Roy Acuff, who left the Opry a week earlier
    Apr 19, 1947
    After a year away from the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff returns, relaunching the relationship with "Great Speckled Bird"

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