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  • Dec 19, 1930
    Allan Arnold, Eddy Arnold's half-brother, purchases the family farm from Obe and M.B. Latham, who had bought it at auction eight days prior. Eddy's family becomes tenants, instead of landowners
    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
    Apr 5, 1931
    Songwriter/producer "Cowboy" Jack Clement is born in Whitehaven, Tennessee. He writes hits for Bobby Bare and Jim Reeves; produces hits by Charley Pride, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis; and lands in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013
    Aug 5, 1931
    Radio executive Hal Durham is born in McMinnville, Tennessee. He becomes the announcer for the Grand Ole Opry in 1964, and eventually the Opry manager and president of the Opry's general business group
    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
    Oct 30, 1931
    Hollis Marsh marries Pelina Jones in Smithville, Tennessee. The two become the parents of Dottie West
    Oct 31, 1931
    Lester Flatt marries Gladys Stacy at the courthouse in Cookeville, Tennessee
    Dec 27, 1931
    Winfield Scott Moore III is born in Gadsden, Tennessee. Known as Scotty Moore, he plays guitar for Elvis Presley, playing on such essential recordings as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Hound Dog" and "Mystery Train," among others
    Jan 12, 1932
    Grand Ole Opry member Uncle Joe Mangrum dies, one day after suffering a heart attack at his Nashville home

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