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  • Nov 1, 1894
    Billboard issues its first edition, eight pages long, with a 10-cent price. The publication becomes the leading trade magazine for the music industry
    Apr 27, 1901
    Thomas Edison begins advertising a "moving picture" machine in an issue of Billboard magazine. The movies provide an outlet for Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter and other country figures
    Aug 1, 1925
    Billboard founder Bill Donaldson dies. His publication goes on to become the leading trade paper in the music industry
    Jan 8, 1944
    Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters share the #1 position on the inaugural Billboard country singles chart with "Pistol Packin' Mama"
    Feb 5, 1944
    Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama" shoots to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Feb 26, 1944
    R&B musician Louis Jordan tops an early version of the Billboard country singles chart with "Ration Blues"
    Mar 11, 1944
    Al Dexter's "Rosalita" tops the Billboard country singles chart
    Mar 18, 1944
    Floyd Tillman shines at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "They Took The Stars Out Of Heaven"
    Mar 25, 1944
    Al Dexter's "So Long Pal" hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Apr 1, 1944
    Al Dexter's "Too Late To Worry" arrives at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

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