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  • Mar 19, 1934
    Songwriter Gene Dobbins is born in Memphis, Tennessee. He writes Billy "Crash" Craddock's "Easy As Pie," Ty Herndon's "A Man Holdin' On (To A Woman Lettin' Go)" and C.W. McCall's "Roses For Mama," among others
    Mar 25, 1934
    Singer/songwriter Johnny Burnette is born in Memphis, Tennessee. In the mid-1950s, Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'N' Roll Trio becomes a rockabilly force. Burnette also writes two Ricky Nelson country hits: "Waitin' In School" and "Believe What You Say"
    Mar 31, 1934
    During a 30-mile drive to appear on the Grand Ole Opry, dulcimer player Kitty Cora Cline witnesses a horrible auto accident. She vows to never again travel by car, ending the six-year Opry span of the show's first female soloist
    Mar 31, 1934
    "Talking blues" specialist Robert Lunn makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Apr 21, 1934
    The blackface comedy duo Lasses & White makes its Grand Ole Opry debut
    May 26, 1934
    Fiddler Theron Hale makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, where he has performed regularly for eight years
    Jul 4, 1934
    The Grand Ole Opry holds its first successful concert apart from the radio show, as thousands appear in West Tennessee to see Uncle Dave Macon, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, The Gully Jumpers and The Crook Brothers, with emcee George D. Hay
    Oct 27, 1934
    The Grand Ole Opry moves from WSM's Studio C to the Hillsboro Theater in Nashville
    Nov 28, 1934
    The comedy team of Sarie & Sally appears on WSM Radio for the first time. Within weeks, they are regular members of the station's Grand Ole Opry lineup
    Jan 16, 1935
    Nashville's Francis Craig leads his orchestra at the inaugural ball for Tennessee governor Hill McAlister. Craig goes on to write and record the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a 1977 country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette

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