Social/Cultural - History of music

Events

Country First Appeared

1923

Ralph Peer of Okeh records the music of Fiddlin' John Carson. The record becomes a regional hit. At this time it is referred to as Hillbilly Music.

The Grand Ole Opry or “barn dance”

1925

The Grand Ole Opry or “barn dance” program begins. Its will run on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee. This show will grow to be extremely popular and launch many of country’s biggest starts music careers.

The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers

1927

The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers have recording sessions in Bristol, Tennessee. This introduced the world to two of the most influential country acts of their time.

Country Music in Hollywood

1940

Western films were becoming more popular, a lot of country music was written specially for these films. This led to country music gaining in popularity.

Counrty Got its Name

Approx. 1940 - 1949

In the 1940's as the genre was gaining in popularity the name hillbilly musics was pushed aside, and country music became the new name for the genre.

Elvis Presley

1954

Elvis Presley crosses-over to country music and starts his first country music tour.

Country Hall of Fame

1961

The country hall of fame was first opened. The first three people to be inducted were; Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams.