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  • Oct 27, 1936
    A day after backing Jimmie Rodgers' widow in the studio, Ernest Tubb has his first session as an artist at the Texas Hotel in San Antonio. His first two songs: "The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers" and "The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers"
    Dec 6, 1936
    Bluebird releases Ernest Tubb's first single, "The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers" backed with "The Last Thoughts Of Jimmie Rodgers"
    Mar 2, 1937
    Ernest Tubb records "The T.B. Is Whipping Me" in an afternoon session at San Antonio's Texas Hotel
    Jan 28, 1938
    The Monroe Brothers hold their final recording session as partners for Bluebird Records in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their split paves the way for Bill Monroe's influential solo career
    Jun 16, 1939
    The Rouse Brothers record the original version of "Orange Blossom Special"
    Aug 21, 1939
    The Blue Sky Boys record "Are You From Dixie?" in Atlanta. The song is highlighted among country's 500 all-time greatest singles in the 2003 Country Music Foundation book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Oct 9, 1940
    Steel guitarist Jerry Byrd appears on his first recording session, as one-half of the duo The Happy Valley Boys, at the Kimball Hotel in Atlanta. He eventually plays on hits by Eddy Arnold, Red Foley and Hank Williams
    Oct 2, 1941
    Bill Monroe records "Orange Blossom Special" at Atlanta's Kimball Hotel with Blue Grass Boy Art Wooten centerstage on fiddle. The session also includes Monroe's first recording of "In The Pines"
    Mar 19, 1942
    Elton Britt records "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" in New York. With references to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Nathan Hale, George Custer and Colin Kelly, it becomes the first country single to receive a gold record
    Nov 22, 1944
    Elton Britt records "I'm A Convict With Old Glory In My Heart" in New York City

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