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  • Dec 5, 1926
    WSM Radio, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, goes off the air through the end of the year to upgrade its signal, from 1,000 watts to 5,000
    Jan 29, 1927
    Fiddler George Wilkerson performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Later in the year, he brings his string band, The Fruit Jar Drinkers, aboard
    Mar 15, 1927
    Carl Smith is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. He piles up more than 30 hits during the 1950s, including "Loose Talk," "Hey Joe!" and "It's A Lovely, Lovely World," eventually landing in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Mar 25, 1927
    Musician/executive Joe Talbot is born in Nashville. A member of Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch Boys from 1950-1954, he plays steel guitar on "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I," "The Golden Rocket" and "I'm Moving On," among others
    May 7, 1927
    Fiddler Paul Warmack debuts on the Grand Ole Opry, months before he introduces his group The Gully Jumpers to the show
    Jun 2, 1927
    Carl Butler is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Added to the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, he notches his lone #1 single when wife Pearl Butler joins him for "Don't Let Me Cross Over" in 1962. He also pens Ricky Skaggs' "Crying My Heart Out Over You"
    Jun 12, 1927
    Songwriter Penny Jay is born in Knoxville. She authors Carl & Pearl Butler's biggest hit, "Don't Let Me Cross Over"
    Jul 16, 1927
    Fiddlin' Arthur Smith makes his first documented appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
    Jul 21, 1927
    Record producer Ralph Peer drives into Bristol, Tennessee, where he erects a recording studio in a furniture store. He uses the site to record Ernest Stoneman and to hold the first sessions with The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers
    Jul 25, 1927
    Ralph Peer begins a series of recordings in a Bristol, Tennessee, furniture store where he holds a session with Ernest Stoneman. Within days, his field work turns up two new, significant acts: Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family

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