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  • 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
    Jul 16, 1939
    R&B singer William Bell is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Best known for 1977's "Tryin' To Love Two," his "You Don't Miss Your Water" ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Aug 5, 1939
    After 13 years on the radio program, The Binkley Brothers make their final Grand Ole Opry appearance at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium
    Aug 12, 1939
    Actor George Hamilton is born in Memphis, Tennessee. Known for his deep tan, he's oddly picked to portray pasty Hank Williams in the 1963 movie "Your Cheatin' Heart"
    Oct 14, 1939
    NBC's 26-station "Red" network of radio stations carries a half-hour segment of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, with Roy Acuff hosting. Acts include Uncle Dave Macon, The Fruit Jar Drinkers and DeFord Bailey
    Oct 19, 1939
    Guitarist Roy Lanham begins working on Knoxville radio station WNOX. He is destined to become a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers and to play on Loretta Lynn's "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" and Ned Miller's "From A Jack To A King"
    Oct 23, 1939
    Bill Monroe auditions for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in downtown Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passes the audition and debuts five days later

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