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  • Feb 3, 1898
    Piano player Lillian Hardin Armstrong is born in Memphis, Tennessee. She appears on one country single during her life, playing alongside her husband, trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, on Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' On The Corner)"
    Feb 26, 1898
    Sid Harkreader is born in Gladeville, Tennessee. A fiddler and guitarist, he performs alongside Uncle Dave Macon in a career that includes on-again, off-again membership in the Grand Ole Opry
    Apr 10, 1898
    Fiddlin' Arthur Smith is born in Bold Springs, Tennessee. He performs on the Grand Ole Opry from 1929-1938, helping popularize the long-bow style of fiddle playing
    Dec 2, 1898
    Herman Crook is born in Scottsboro, Tennessee. The Crook Brothers perform regularly on the Grand Ole Opry for 62 years
    Nov 4, 1899
    Kirk McGee is born in Tennessee's Williamson County. Teaming with older sibling Sam McGee, the McGee Brothers play guitar behind Uncle Dave Macon and become regulars on the Grand Ole Opry from the mid-1920s until Sam's death in 1975
    Dec 14, 1899
    DeFord Bailey is born in Smith County, Tennessee. The first African-American to play the Grand Ole Opry, the harmonica player is a key member of the cast until his firing in 1941. He's inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005
    Aug 8, 1900
    Herald Goodman, of The Vagabonds, is born in Tennessee. The vocal group becomes one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular acts during the 1930s
    Sep 10, 1900
    Dance band leader Francis Craig is born in Dickson, Tennessee. He writes a 1947 pop hit, "Near You," which is destined to become a country hit in 1977 for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Sep 27, 1901
    Songwriter Beasley Smith is born in McEwen, Tennessee. He writes the pop standard "That Lucky Old Sun" and the Roy Acuff classic "Night Train To Memphis"
    Dec 11, 1902
    The Nashville Musicians Union--Local 257--is founded. All musicians who play on a "master" recording are paid through the AFM

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