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  • May 18, 1961
    The Country Music Association begins its quarterly board meetings at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. During the two-day gathering, the board votes to establish a Country Music Hall of Fame
    Nov 3, 1961
    Hank Williams, music publisher Fred Rose and Jimmie Rodgers are the first inductees in the Country Music Hall Of Fame
    Nov 9, 1962
    Roy Acuff becomes the first living artist named to the Country Music Hall Of Fame
    Aug 3, 1964
    The Country Music Foundation registers its charter in the state of Tennessee, paving the way for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    Nov 6, 1964
    Tex Ritter is added to the Country Music Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Loew's Theater in Nashville
    Oct 22, 1965
    Ernest Tubb is named to the Country Music Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium
    Mar 1, 1966
    Construction begins on the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Among the artists whose likeness will be housed there: Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, George Jones, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and The Carter Family
    Mar 11, 1966
    "Walk On By" singer Leroy Van Dyke attends a Nashville dinner that marks the start of a fundraising campaign to fund construction on the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Oct 22, 1966
    Eddy Arnold, music publisher Jim Denny, Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay and Uncle Dave Macon are added to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, with the proceedings airing on ABC-TV's "The Jimmy Dean Show"
    Mar 31, 1967
    An invitation-only event provides a peek at the original Country Music Hall of Fame a day before its public opening on Music Row in Nashville. Among the attendees: Eddy Arnold, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Hank Williams Jr., Red Foley, Minnie Pearl, Jeannie Seely and songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

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