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  • Jan 2, 1926
    Guitarist Harold Bradley is born in Nashville. As a member of Nashville's A-Team of studio musicians, he becomes a Country Music Hall of Fame member after playing on hits by Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, among others
    Mar 13, 1926
    Maybelle Addington marries Ezra Carter in Sullivan, Tennessee. As a member of The Carter Family, she helps shape country harmony singing and ends up in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Apr 3, 1926
    Fiddler Mazy Todd, a frequent sideman to Uncle Dave Macon, introduces his own string trio on the "WSM Barn Dance," destined to become the Grand Ole Opry
    Apr 17, 1926
    Uncle Dave Macon officially joins the Grand Ole Opry
    May 8, 1926
    Obed Pickard, the first singing star of the Grand Ole Opry, makes his debut on the WSM radio show
    May 13, 1926
    Disc jockey Dewey Phillips is born in Adamsville, Tennessee. He becomes the first person to play an Elvis Presley record in 1954, spinning "That's All Right" 14 times straight on a Memphis station
    May 23, 1926
    Songwriter Arthur Gunter is born in Nashville. He writes Elvis Presley's early hit "Baby, Let's Play House"
    Jun 19, 1926
    DeFord Bailey makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, becoming the first African-American to perform on the program
    Jun 27, 1926
    Steel player Ivan "Little Roy" Wiggins is born in Nashville. He plays on more than 50 Eddy Arnold hits, including "Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me," "Texarkana Baby" and "Bouquet Of Roses"
    Jul 3, 1926
    Uncle Jimmy Thompson plays his fiddle on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, marking a return to the show less than two months after he broke his arm

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