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  • Apr 27, 1904
    Syd Nathan is born in Cincinnati. He founds King Records, which nets country hits with Moon Mullican, The Delmore Brothers and Hawkshaw Hawkins, among others. He also writes "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" and "Goodnight Irene"
    Sep 1, 1943
    Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis record the first music for Syd Nathan's new label, King Records, in Dayton, Ohio. They use assumed names to hide their identity from radio station WLW, which has them under contract
    Nov 10, 1943
    Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based Queen Records releases its first singles. Four years later, Nathan changes the label's name to King Records
    Nov 15, 1943
    Sydney Nathan's King Records releases its first two singles, with the artists using pseudonyms: Merle Travis and Grandpa Jones are billed as The Sheppard Brothers, and a Travis solo disc is credited to Bob McCarthy
    Oct 8, 1945
    Hank Penny records the Noel Boggs-penned "Steel Guitar Stomp" with producer Merle Travis at the Universal Studios in Pasadena, California
    Mar 29, 1947
    Grandpa Jones records "Mountain Dew" in Nashville. The song will be used in the 2019 PBS series "Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns"
    Sep 21, 1947
    Jimmie Osborne records "My Heart Echoes" in Dallas
    Dec 21, 1948
    Cowboy Copas records "I'm Waltzing With Tears In My Eyes" and "Candy Kisses" at the Castle Studio in Nashville
    Mar 9, 1949
    Hank Penny records "Bloodshot Eyes" in Los Angeles with steel player Speedy West
    Mar 15, 1949
    Moon Mullican records "I'll Sail My Ship Alone" and "Sweeter Than The Flowers" at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles

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