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  • Sep 4, 1890
    Belmont College opens in Nashville. The school develops a music business curriculum in the 1970s, providing an important building block for such acts as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner and Florida Georgia Line, among others
    May 12, 1892
    The Ryman Auditorium opens for public services as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. It eventually hosts the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974
    May 1, 1894
    Sam McGee is born in Williamson County, Tennessee. He forms a duo with brother Kirk, blending country, folk and blues in a six-decade Grand Ole Opry career. They also inspire Garrison Keillor to start his "Prairie Home Companion" radio show
    Mar 30, 1895
    Banjo player Amos Binkley is born in Cheatham County, Tennessee. As a member of The Binkley Brothers, he takes part in the first Nashville recording session, held at the YMCA Hall in September 1928
    Sep 20, 1895
    Songwriter Bob Miller is born in Memphis, Tennessee. An associate of Elton Britt, he pens the Ernest Tubb hit "Driftwood On The River" and is among the inaugural 20 inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
    Feb 10, 1896
    Banjo player Claude Lampley is born in Bon Aqua, Tennessee. He becomes an original member of The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band affiliated with the Grand Ole Opry from its early years until the 1970s
    May 7, 1896
    Gale Binkley is born in Cheatham County, Tennessee. As a member of The Binkley Brothers, he participates in the inaugural Nashville recording session, held at the YMCA in 1928
    Jul 19, 1896
    Banjo player William Hardison is born in Maury County, Tennessee. He joins The Gully Jumpers, a stringband that begins a lengthy Grand Ole Opry association in 1927 and becomes the first Victor act to record in Nashville
    Jun 22, 1897
    The balcony is completed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, future home of the Grand Ole Opry. The extra level of seats is installed to accommodate an upcoming convention of Civil War veterans and is dubbed the Confederate Gallery
    Dec 16, 1897
    Guitarist Bob Gardner is born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. He joins Lester McFarland in Mac & Bob, a blind duo that records for Brunswick in the 1920s and reaches its pinnacle the following decade with "The National Barn Dance" in Chicago

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