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  • Dec 29, 1928
    Uncle Jimmy Thompson, the first person to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, makes his final appearance on the show, just three years after its debut
    May 4, 1929
    Banjo player Kirk McGee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Jul 3, 1929
    William "Gil" Wright is born in Nashville. As a member of The Anita Kerr Singers, he provides backing vocals on Bobby Helms' "My Special Angel," Skeeter Davis' "The End Of The World" and Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go"
    Oct 11, 1929
    Vocalist Hugh Jarrett is born in Nashville, Tennessee. A member of The Jordanaires during the mid-1950s, he appears on numerous Elvis Presley hits as well as the Jim Reeves single "The Blizzard"
    Oct 26, 1929
    Neal Matthews is born in Nashville. As a member of The Jordanaires, he sings background on hits by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and others, propelling the quartet into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
    Nov 29, 1930
    Henry Whitter, best known for recording "The Wreck On The Southern Old 97," makes his lone Grand Ole Opry appearance
    Feb 17, 1931
    Uncle Jimmy Thompson dies of pneumonia in his home outside of Nashville. The fiddle player was the first musician to perform on what became the Grand Ole Opry
    Aug 6, 1931
    Steel guitarist Billy Robinson is born in Nashville. He appears on hits by Carl Smith, Webb Pierce and Ernest Tubb
    Sep 5, 1931
    The male trio The Vagabonds makes its Grand Ole Opry debut, becoming one of the show's most popular acts during the decade
    Jan 9, 1932
    Blind fiddler Uncle Joe Mangrum makes his final appearance on the Grand Ole Opry

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