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  • Jan 15, 1938
    Looking for a new employer, Eddy Arnold and Speedy McNatt visit WMC in Memphis. The program director has them record four songs at the Hotel Gayoso for their audition, marking the first time Arnold's voice is recorded
    Jan 18, 1938
    Piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins is born in Spring City, Tennessee. A key Nashville studio musician, he plays on Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and Dolly Parton's "Jolene," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012
    Feb 5, 1938
    Roy Acuff makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at the Dixie Tabernacle in Nashville. Within days, sacks of mail begin arriving at WSM radio, requesting the boy who sang "Great Speckled Bird" be invited back. Acuff sideman Clell Summey becomes the first to play Dobro on the Opry
    Feb 19, 1938
    Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans make their first appearance as a regular act on the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff is the first vocalist to front his own band on the Opry
    Feb 26, 1938
    Fearing that the locals will be insulted by having his band named The Crazy Tennesseans, Roy Acuff makes his first Grand Ole Opry appearance in which the group is billed under a new name, The Smoky Mountain Boys
    Mar 5, 1938
    Grand Ole Opry founder George D. Hay returns to work at WSM Radio after taking a 14-month leave of absence with nervous exhaustion
    Mar 10, 1938
    Singer/songwriter/musician Norman Blake is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. An adept folk and acoustic player, he tours as a sideman with Johnny Cash, performing on a number of his hits, including "Understand Your Man" and "What Is Truth"
    Apr 2, 1938
    Warner Mack is born in Nashville, Tennessee. A regular on "The Louisiana Hayride" and "The Ozark Jubilee," he nabs more than 10 Top 10 hits in the 1950s and '60s, including his signature song, "The Bridge Washed Out"
    Jun 4, 1938
    The Vagabonds close out a seven-year run on the Grand Ole Opry, during which time the trio was one of the program's most popular acts
    Jul 19, 1938
    Margaret Waters, of the comedy act Sarie & Sally, is felled by an illness, forcing Edna "Sarie" Umensetter to appear solo on the Grand Ole Opry for three months

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