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  • Dec 12, 1925
    Dr. Humphrey Bate makes his debut on a WSM-AM radio show in Nashville. It will soon be dubbed the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 19, 1925
    Uncle Dave Macon makes his Grand Ole Opry debut
    Dec 20, 1925
    A photo of Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters appears in Nashville's morning paper, The Tennessean. It marks the first time a Grand Ole Opry act has its photo printed in any medium
    Dec 26, 1925
    One month after its inception, the Grand Ole Opry officially becomes a weekly program on Nashville's WSM Radio
    Jan 2, 1926
    Guitarist Harold Bradley is born in Nashville. As a member of Nashville's A-Team of studio musicians, he becomes a Country Music Hall of Fame member after playing on hits by Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, among others
    Apr 3, 1926
    Fiddler Mazy Todd, a frequent sideman to Uncle Dave Macon, introduces his own string trio on the "WSM Barn Dance," destined to become the Grand Ole Opry
    Apr 17, 1926
    Uncle Dave Macon officially joins the Grand Ole Opry
    May 8, 1926
    Obed Pickard, the first singing star of the Grand Ole Opry, makes his debut on the WSM radio show
    May 23, 1926
    Songwriter Arthur Gunter is born in Nashville. He writes Elvis Presley's early hit "Baby, Let's Play House"
    Jun 19, 1926
    DeFord Bailey makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, becoming the first African-American to perform on the program

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