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  • Jan 1, 1948
    The American Federation of Musicians initiates a strike against the nation's record companies. It lasts until December
    Dec 14, 1948
    The American Federation of Musicians ends a strike against the nation's record companies, nearly a year after it was enacted
    Feb 4, 1949
    Hank Williams joins the Musicians Union in Shreveport, Louisiana
    Dec 28, 1952
    Hank Williams gives his final performance, for 130 people at a holiday party for members of the Musicians' Union in Montgomery
    Jul 30, 1954
    Elvis Presley applies for membership in the American Federation of Musicians at Local 71 in Memphis
    May 16, 1956
    Drummer Billy "Bun" Wilson joins the American Federation of Musicians Local 257 in Nashville. He plays on Ernest Tubb's 1961 hit "Thoughts Of A Fool"
    Jun 5, 1963
    Violinist Martin Katahn joins the Nashville chapter of the American Federation of Musicians. Over the next 20 years, he contributes to such hits as Tom T. Hall's "I Love," Elvis Presley's "Moody Blue," Olivia Newton-John's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Sammi Smith's "Help Me Make It Through The Night"
    May 7, 1964
    Jan Howard joins the American Federation of Musicians' Local 257 in Nashville
    Jan 27, 1965
    Del Reeves joins the American Federation of Musicians in Nashville
    Sep 28, 1966
    Cellist Martha McCrory joins the Nashville chapter of the American Federation of Musicians. During her union tenure, she plays on dozens of country hits, including Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl," Elvis Presley's "Moody Blue," Marty Robbins' "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" and Dave & Sugar's "Golden Tears"

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