The history of music

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In Music
  • The First Country Records

    The First Country Records
    Ralph Peer of Okeh records the music of Fiddlin' John Carson in an empty loft in Atlanta. Carson's record becomes a regional hit and convinces Peer that there is an untapped market for "hillbilly" music.
  • The Barn Dance Format Launches

    The Barn Dance Format Launches
    The show that will become the Grand Ole Opry radio "barn dance" program begins its run on WSM radio out of Nashville, Tennessee. It will grow to be the most popular and important program of its kind and launch the careers of many of country music's biggest stars
  • The Queen of Country Music is Born

    The Queen of Country Music is Born
    Virginia Hensley, who will later be called Patsy Cline, is born in Winchester, VA. She will become the most influential female country artist of all time.
  • Rose-Acuff Publishing Company Forms in Nashville

    Rose-Acuff Publishing Company Forms in Nashville
    Fred Rose and the singer Roy Acuff form the Nashville-based country music publishing company Acuff-Rose, helping to permanently re-center of the country music business in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Billboard Recognizes "Folk" Music

    Billboard Recognizes "Folk" Music
    The year's first issue of Billboard magazine introduces a "folk" chart that mixes country, jazz, and blues.
  • Bluegrass Comes into its Own

    Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs join Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, beginning the band's most famous incarnation and marking the coming of age of the bluegrass style Monroe pioneered.
  • Cash Records for Sun

    Cash Records for Sun
    Late in 1954, Johnny Cash does his first recording sessions at Sun, singing "Wide Open Road" and "You're My Baby," both self-written. Cash will make a tremendous career in country music by largely following his own muse.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame is Established

    Country Music Hall of Fame is Established
    The Country Music Hall of Fame is established. It's first three inductees are Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams.
  • Dolly Parton Debuts

    Dolly Parton Debuts
    Dolly Parton releases her first records, "Happy Birthday, Baby" and the tongue-in-cheek "Dumb Blonde."
  • Racial Violence Closes the Opry

    Racial Violence Closes the Opry
    Several Opry performances are cancelled for fear of racial violence in Nashville after the assassination of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.