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  • May 8, 1928
    Fiddler Benny Martin is born in Sparta, Tennessee. Beginning professionally as a teenager, he becomes a sideman for Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Kitty Wells and Roy Acuff, among others
    Jun 30, 1928
    Fiddler Uncle Joe Mangrum makes his Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville. He becomes a regular on the show the following year
    Jul 21, 1928
    Bass player Junior Huskey is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His credits include work with Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn
    Aug 6, 1928
    Guitarist Bobby Sykes is born in Henry County, Tennessee. A member of Marty Robbins' band, he plays on his hit "The Chair." Sykes also authors Faron Young's single "Wonderful World Of Women"
    Aug 25, 1928
    Fiddler Jerry Rivers is born in Nashville. He joins Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys from 1949-1951, playing on such classics as "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Cold, Cold Heart"
    Aug 27, 1928
    Frances Preston is born in Nashville. In 1958, she founds a local division of BMI, which collects and distributes money to songwriters and publishers for the public performance of their songs. In 1985, she moves to New York to run the entire agency
    Sep 11, 1928
    Randy Hughes is born in Gum, Tennessee. He manages Patsy Cline and plays guitar on many of her hits, including "Crazy," "I Fall To Pieces" and "She's Got You." He also pilots the plane that crashes in 1963, claiming their lives, as well as Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins
    Sep 22, 1928
    The Grand Ole Opry is cancelled for one night, as WSM airs a speech by Republican senator William Borah and a rebuttal by Democratic governor Alfred Smith
    Sep 28, 1928
    The Binkley Brothers hold the first Nashville recording session, cutting "I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows" under the guidance of producer Ralph Peer at the YMCA Hall. All the songs are re-recorded days later
    Oct 1, 1928
    The Gully Jumpers, led by Paul Warmack, record at the YMCA in Nashville with producer Ralph Peer. Two of the tracks, including "The Little Red Caboose Behind The Train," become the first songs recorded in Music City to be released as singles

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