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  • Dec 10, 1945
    Rex Allen holds his first recording session, for Mercury Records
    Mar 1, 1947
    Four companies merge to become Mercury Records. The label's country division goes on to represent such acts as Tom T. Hall, Shania Twain, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Ray Cyrus, Flatt & Scruggs and Reba McEntire
    Jul 23, 1947
    Patti Page holds her first recording session, in Chicago, for Mercury Records
    Dec 7, 1947
    Rex Allen records "Slap Her Down Again, Paw." The song becomes a hit the following year for comedic female singer Esmereldy
    Dec 11, 1949
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs record "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at the E.T. Herzog Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. The song becomes a bluegrass classic, as well as the theme song for the 1967 movie "Bonnie And Clyde"
    Mar 15, 1950
    Mercury releases Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," which becomes the theme to Warren Beatty's movie "Bonnie And Clyde"
    May 9, 1950
    Dinah Washington records the original version of "I'll Never Be Free" in New York. It's covered within weeks by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr
    Oct 20, 1950
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs hold their final session for Mercury Records, at the WDAE Studio in Tampa, Florida, recording "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"
    Jul 3, 1951
    The Carlisles record "Too Old To Cut The Mustard" in Nashville
    Sep 24, 1951
    Dinah Washington records a hit jazz version of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" in New York City

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