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  • Aug 6, 1926
    Warner Bros. unveils the first "talkie," showing "Don Juan" at the Warner Theater in New York. The use of sound in films paves the way for country figures on soundtracks, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill and The Dixie Chicks
    Oct 5, 1927
    Sam Warner, one of the three siblings who founded Warner Bros. Pictures, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage, the day before "The Jazz Singer," the first motion picture with sound, opens. The company eventually expands to include Warner Bros. Records
    Oct 6, 1927
    "The Jazz Singer," the first motion picture with sound, opens in New York, starring Al Jolson. Among the songs he performs in the Warner Bros. flick: "Blue Skies," which becomes a country hit for Willie Nelson in 1978
    Jun 14, 1945
    Cary Grant begins work on the Warner Bros. movie "Night And Day," a biopic on the life of Cole Porter. Grant portrays Porter, who is coming off the only country hit of his career, Gene Autry's recording of his "Don't Fence Me In"
    Nov 20, 1945
    Filming wraps for "Night And Day," a Warner Bros. biopic on the life of songwriter Cole Porter, with Cary Grant taking the lead role. Porter had the lone country hit of his career earlier in the year, with Gene Autry's version of "Don't Fence Me In"
    Aug 1, 1946
    The movie "Night And Day" premieres in Hollywood, as California observes Cole Porter of Indiana Day. The movie sees Cary Grant portraying the life of Porter, with Roy Rogers singing "Don't Fence Me In"
    May 13, 1956
    Harry, Abe and Jack Warner sell Warner Bros. Pictures for $22 million. The next day, Jack Warner buys it back. Within two years, the company adds a record label, eventually associated with Randy Travis, Hank Williams Jr. and Faith Hill
    Oct 10, 1956
    The movie "Giant" premieres, starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and the late James Dean. Years later, Taylor's role in the picture inspires The Statler Brothers' Jimmy Fortune to write "Elizabeth." Also in the movie: Sheb Wooley and Ray Whitley
    May 9, 1980
    Warner Bros. premieres "Bronco Billy" in New Orleans, Louisiana. The picture yields hits with Merle Haggard's "Misery And Gin," Ronnie Milsap's "Cowboys And Clowns" and "Bar Room Buddies," which pairs Haggard with the movie's star, Clint Eastwood
    Apr 3, 1981
    The Warner Bros. documentary "This Is Elvis" is released

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