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Mar 23, 1879
John Carson, at age 11, brings a fiddle to a political rally in Copperhill, Tennessee. As a diversion from speeches, the boy is asked to play "The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane." He is nicknamed Fiddlin' John Carson, and becomes a country pioneer
Oct 21, 1879
Ida Florence Carr is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At age 23, she gives birth to future country star Roy Acuff
Oct 8, 1882
Harry McClintock is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He comes to fame as a radio personality in San Francisco, then goes on to record the classic "Big Rock Candy Mountain," which is revived on the soundtrack of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
Aug 16, 1889
Guitarist Paul Warmack is born in Whites Creek, Tennessee. He forms The Gully Jumpers, a stringband that appears on the Grand Ole Opry from 1927 to the '70s, and becomes the first Victor act to record in Nashville
Nov 30, 1889
Vito Pellettieri born in Nashville. Beginning in 1934, he assists George D. Hay in organizing the Grand Ole Opry in his longtime role as stage manager. Pellettieri also co-writes Roy Acuff's 1948 hit "Unloved And Unclaimed"
Jul 9, 1890
Songwriter Hy Heath born in Oakville, Tennessee. His credits include Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Mule Train," Ray Price's "Run Boy," Louis Jordan's "Deacon Jones" and Hank Williams' "Take These Chains From My Heart"
Sep 4, 1890
Belmont College opens in Nashville. The school develops a music business curriculum in the 1970s, providing an important building block for such performers as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner and Lee Ann Womack, among others
May 12, 1892
The Ryman Auditorium opens for public services as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. It eventually hosts the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974
May 1, 1894
Sam McGee is born in Williamson County, Tennessee. He forms a duo with brother Kirk, blending country, folk and blues in a six-decade Grand Ole Opry career. They also inspire Garrison Keillor to start his "Prairie Home Companion" radio show
Mar 30, 1895
Banjo player Amos Binkley is born in Cheatham County, Tennessee. As a member of The Binkley Brothers, he takes part in the first Nashville recording session, held at the YMCA Hall in September 1928
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