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  • Feb 14, 1928
    Bluesman Mississippi John Hurt records "Frankie" in Memphis, Tennessee. The song pre-dates Jimmie Rodgers' recording of "Frankie And Johnny" and another version by Memphis' Elvis Presley
    Mar 24, 1928
    Dulcimer player Kitty Cora Cline makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. She becomes the first female soloist to perform on the show
    Mar 31, 1928
    Fiddler Ed Poplin makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, playing for a half-hour. Within weeks, he organizes a full band that becomes a regular part of the show
    Apr 21, 1928
    Hank Williams' bass player, Hillous Butrum, is born in Lafayette, Tennessee. He remains with Williams for just one year, however, leaving the Drifting Cowboys in July 1950 to join Hank Snow's band
    Apr 21, 1928
    Three weeks after he debuted as a fiddler, Ed Poplin's orchestra comes back to the Grand Ole Opry, where the group makes regular appearances for the next nine years
    May 8, 1928
    Fiddler Benny Martin is born in Sparta, Tennessee. Beginning professionally as a teenager, he becomes a sideman for Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Kitty Wells and Roy Acuff, among others
    Jun 30, 1928
    Fiddler Uncle Joe Mangrum makes his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville. He becomes a regular on the show the following year
    Jul 21, 1928
    Bass player Junior Huskey is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His credits include work with Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn
    Aug 6, 1928
    Guitarist Bobby Sykes is born in Henry County, Tennessee. A member of Marty Robbins' band, he plays on his hit "The Chair." Sykes also authors Faron Young's single "Wonderful World Of Women"
    Aug 25, 1928
    Fiddler Jerry Rivers is born in Nashville. He joins Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys from 1949-1951, playing on such classics as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Cold, Cold Heart"

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