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  • Dec 30, 1944
    Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"
    Jan 27, 1945
    Wally Fowler and his Clodhoppers play a Child Activities Program for the Oak Ridge Recreation and Welfare Association in Tennessee. It's the debut of a group that goes on to become The Oak Ridge Boys
    Feb 18, 1945
    Country Music Association executive director Ed Benson is born in Nashville. He becomes the CMA's leader when Jo Walker-Meador retires in 1992 and maintains the post until his own retirement in 2008
    Apr 1, 1945
    Drummer Kenny Buttrey is born in Nashville. He plays on Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," as well as music by Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Oak Ridge Boys and Hank Locklin, among others
    Apr 9, 1945
    Con Hunley is born in Luttrell, Tennessee. The R&B-influenced singer nabs 11 Top 20 singles in the late-1970s and early-'80s without cracking the Top 10
    Apr 14, 1945
    Buddy Harroll, of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, is the first to play trumpet on the Grand Ole Opry, delivering "Taps" in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died two days earlier
    Apr 21, 1945
    R&B singer Robert Knight is born in Franklin, Tennessee. In 1967, he records the first hit version of "Everlasting Love," which succeeds in country music a dozen years later after a recording by Narvel Felts
    Sep 15, 1945
    The Oak Ridge Boys' founder, Wally Fowler, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Sep 29, 1945
    Jimmy Wakely makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Dec 8, 1945
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs perform together on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time as members of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. The moment at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is regarded as the birth of bluegrass

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