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  • Jan 20, 1947
    Francis Craig records the pop hit "Near You" at Nashville's WSM Studios. It becomes a country hit 30 years later for George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Feb 13, 1947
    Hank Williams records "Honky Tonkin'" for the first time at the WSM Studios in Nashville for Sterling Records. He also records "Pan American." The date marks the first commercial recording session for legendary fiddler Tommy Jackson
    Feb 23, 1947
    Minnie Pearl marries Henry Cannon at the West End Methodist Church in Nashville
    Mar 6, 1947
    Hank Williams signs a recording contract with MGM Records. It takes effect April 1
    Mar 28, 1947
    Having previously used a guitar on his recording sessions, Grandpa Jones holds his first session in Nashville, playing a banjo for the first time
    Apr 19, 1947
    After a year away from the Grand Ole Opry, Roy Acuff returns, relaunching the relationship with "Great Speckled Bird"
    Apr 21, 1947
    Hank Williams records "Move It On Over" and "I Saw The Light" at Nashville's Castle Studio in his first MGM recording session
    May 3, 1947
    Ernest Tubb's Record Shop opens at 720 Commerce Street in Nashville. The event draws a number of artists, including Eddy Arnold, Clyde Moody, Johnny Bond, Lew Childre and Curly Fox & Texas Ruby
    Aug 4, 1947
    Hank Williams records "Honky Tonk Blues" for the first time at Nashville's Castle Studios. He cuts the hit version of the song four years later
    Aug 11, 1947
    Decca Records has its first Nashville recording session at the Castle Studios in the Tulane Hotel, with Red Foley, Ernest Tubb and Milton Estes. Tubb records "That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye"

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