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  • Nov 6, 1896
    The American Federation of Musicians, otherwise known as the musicians' union, is chartered in New York. All musicians who play on a "master" recording are paid through the union. Nashville's chapter is Local 257
    Mar 15, 1897
    The Los Angeles chapter of the American Federation of Musicians is founded. The city provides a recording site for Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam, among others
    Sep 17, 1901
    The American Federation of Musicians establishes a Chicago local. The city provides a recording site for Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold, Red Foley, Bob Wills and Pee Wee King, among others
    Dec 11, 1902
    The Nashville Musicians Union--Local 257--is founded. All musicians who play on a "master" recording are paid through the AFM
    Jan 11, 1936
    After working the final five months of 1935 on a temporary union card, Texas Playboys guitarist Herman Arnspiger is issued permanent membership in the Musicians Union in Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Aug 1, 1942
    The American Federation of Musicians goes on strike against record companies, refusing to play on any new recordings. Called the Petrillo Ban, the strike halts studio activity until September 1943
    Oct 9, 1943
    James Petrillo, the president of the American Federation of Musicians, approves agreements with Capitol and Decca Records, ending a one-year recording ban for those companies. Musicians are still not allowed to record for other labels
    Nov 11, 1944
    Columbia and Victor Records reach agreement with James Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, ending a recording ban that had been in place for more than two years
    Feb 10, 1945
    Webb Pierce becomes a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 in Shreveport, Louisiana
    Nov 13, 1947
    Steel guitarist Jerry Byrd joins the American Federation of Musicians in Nashville, paving the way for him to play on the Grand Ole Opry. Byrd also appears on recording sessions with Hank Williams, Red Foley and The Everly Brothers

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