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  • Apr 29, 1939
    The father-and-son duo Asher Sizemore & Little Jimmy performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the last time
    May 1, 1939
    Drummer Willie Ackerman is born in Nashville. A member of the "Hee Haw" band, he plays on such hits as Ray Price's "For The Good Times," Bobby Bare's "Detroit City," Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" and George Jones' "The Grand Tour"
    May 6, 1939
    Obed Pickard and The Pickard Family perform on the Grand Ole Opry for the final time at Nashville's Dixie Tabernacle
    Jul 5, 1939
    The Grand Ole Opry moves from the Dixie Tabernacle in East Nashville to the War Memorial Auditorium downtown, where it remains for five years, until moving again to the Ryman Auditorium
    Aug 5, 1939
    After 13 years on the radio program, The Binkley Brothers make their final Grand Ole Opry appearance at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium
    Oct 14, 1939
    NBC's 26-station "Red" network of radio stations carries a half-hour segment of the Grand Ole Opry for the first time, with Roy Acuff hosting. Acts include Uncle Dave Macon, The Fruit Jar Drinkers and DeFord Bailey
    Oct 23, 1939
    Bill Monroe auditions for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in downtown Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passes the audition and debuts five days later
    Oct 27, 1939
    Ruby Wright is born in Nashville, the daughter of Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright. She earns a hit in 1964 with "Dern Ya," an answer song to Roger Miller's "Dang Me"
    Oct 28, 1939
    Bill Monroe makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Foggy Mountain Top" and "Mule Skinner Blues" at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium
    Nov 27, 1939
    Songwriter Buzz Cason is born in Nashville. Best known for writing the pop-R&B classic "Everlasting Love," he also pens Martina McBride's "Love's The Only House"

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