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  • Oct 3, 1900
    Eldridge Johnson forms the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey. Victor hosts the first country recording session in 1922 and releases singles by some of the genre's first stars, including Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family
    Jun 30, 1922
    Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland hold the first country recording session in New York City. The two collaborate on "Arkansas Traveller"
    Jul 1, 1922
    A day after becoming the first artist to record a country song, Eck Robertson cuts "Sally Goodin" in New York
    Aug 13, 1924
    Vernon Dalhart records "The Wreck Of The Old '97" and "The Prisoner's Song" in New York. The two sides form the first million-selling single in country music history
    Jan 30, 1925
    Aileen Stanley & Gene Austin record the pop hit "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street" in New York City. Ella Fitzgerald's version of the song will reach an early version of Billboard's country chart in 1944
    Aug 5, 1925
    Carl T. Sprague records the first western hit, "When The Work's All Done This Fall," in Camden, New Jersey
    Feb 19, 1927
    The Carolina Tar Heels hold their first recording session in Atlanta
    Mar 11, 1927
    Richard "Rabbit" Brown records "James Alley Blues" in New Orleans, Louisiana. The song is ranked among the 500 greatest country singles in the Country Music Foundation's 2003 book "Heartaches By The Number"
    Mar 23, 1927
    Kelly Harrell records "My Name Is John Johanna" and "Charles Giteau" in Camden, New Jersey. The songs will appear on the landmark 1952 album "Anthology Of American Folk Music"
    Jul 25, 1927
    Producer Ralph Peer begins 12 days of recordings in a Bristol, Tennessee, warehouse as he holds a session with Ernest Stoneman. Within days, his field work turns up two new, significant acts: Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. The Bristol sessions will be referred to as "the big bang of country music"

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