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  • Nov 15, 1938
    Vanderbilt uses its fight song, "Dynamite," for the first time in Knoxville against state football rival Tennessee. The song is written by Francis Craig, who also writes the 1947 pop hit "Near You," a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette in 1977
    Dec 31, 1938
    Herman Harper is born in Portland, Tennessee. He becomes the bass vocalist for The Oak Ridge Boys during their gospel years and eventually joins The Carol Lee Singers, the backing vocal group on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jan 7, 1939
    The blackface comedy duo Jamup & Honey debuts on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jan 14, 1939
    Comedy duo Sarie & Sally and the trio The Dixieliners, including Sam and Kirk McGee, perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the last time at the Dixie Tabernacle on Fatherland Drive in Nashville
    Feb 8, 1939
    Bonnie Bess Jones is born in Wayne County, Tennessee. As an adult, she gives birth to a country star, Darryl Worley
    Apr 29, 1939
    The father-and-son duo Asher Sizemore & Little Jimmy performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the last time
    May 1, 1939
    Drummer Willie Ackerman is born in Nashville. A member of the "Hee Haw" band, he plays on such hits as Ray Price's "For The Good Times," Bobby Bare's "Detroit City," Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" and George Jones' "The Grand Tour"
    May 6, 1939
    Obed Pickard and The Pickard Family perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time at Nashville's Dixie Tabernacle
    Jul 4, 1939
    Hank Penny records "Won't You Ride In My Little Red Wagon" at the Gayoso Hotel in Memphis. The heat is so bad that the band--including Noel Boggs, Boudleaux Bryant, Sheldon Bennett, Louis Dumont and Carl Stewart--plays in its underwear
    Jul 5, 1939
    The Grand Ole Opry moves from the Dixie Tabernacle in East Nashville to the War Memorial Auditorium downtown, where it remains for five years, until moving again to the Ryman Auditorium

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