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  • Oct 30, 1928
    Steel guitarist Billy Bowman is born in Johnson City, Tennessee. As a member of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys from 1950-1957, he plays on the classic "Faded Love"
    Oct 31, 1928
    The Stoneman Family records "The Spanish Merchant's Daughter" in Bristol, Tennessee
    Nov 2, 1928
    WBAW Radio debuts in Nashville. The station airs a Friday night country music show, "The Capitol Theater Owl Club," which competes with WSM's Grand Ole Opry and with WLAC for both hillbilly performers and listeners
    Nov 11, 1928
    The Federal Radio Commission re-assigns WSM Radio's dial position from 890 kilocycles to 650, where the AM station, which airs the Grand Ole Opry, remains
    Dec 14, 1928
    Walter Haynes is born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He plays steel guitar on records by Little Jimmy Dickens and Patsy Cline, writes Del Reeves' "Girl On The Billboard," and produces hits by Jeanne Pruett, Mel Tillis and Cal Smith, among others
    Dec 23, 1928
    Drummer Buddy Harman is born in Nashville. A member of the so-called "A-Team" of session musicians, his credits include The Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy," among others
    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
    Jan 17, 1929
    Session guitarist Grady Martin is born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The author of Ronnie Milsap's "Snap Your Fingers," Martin backs such acts as Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley and Ray Price, before taking a job with Willie Nelson's band
    May 4, 1929
    Banjo player Kirk McGee makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    May 15, 1929
    Eddy Arnold's father, Will, dies, the same day Eddy celebrates his 11th birthday

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