1892 125th anniversary - Ryman Auditorium The Union Gospel Tabernacle is completed. In 1904 the venue is renamed the Ryman Auditorium. 1927 90th anniversary - Bristol Sessions Ralph Peer holds a series of recording sessions—the Bristol Sessions—in Bristol and introduces America to the authentic music of Southern Appalachia, giving birth to country music. Learn more at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. 1942 75th anniversary - Chattanooga Choo Choo After nine weeks at No. 1, Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever “gold record” in celebration of more than 1 million records sold of the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” 1942 75th anniversary - New Daisy Theatre Built as a movie theater on Memphis’ Beale Street, the New Daisy Theatre now houses big name concerts. 1957 Stax Records, Memphis 60th anniversary - Stax Records Satellite Records, later known as Stax Records, was founded by Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton. RCA Studio B, Nashville 1957 60th anniversary - RCA Studio B RCA Studio B helped establish Nashville as an international recording center, with names like Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings. 1967 50th anniversary - CMHOF and Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened on Music Row (now located in downtown Nashville). CMHOF and Museum, Nashville 1967 50th anniversary - NSAI The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, whose first advocacy effort was to include songwriters’ names on records, continues to shine a spotlight on the writers. 1972 45th anniversary - CMA Music Festival The inaugural CMA Music Festival (originally Fan Fair) in Nashville had 5,000 fans in attendance. The 2016 festival sold out months in advance with 88,500 attendees. 1977 40th anniversary - Elvis’ Death Elvis passed away, leaving behind an incredible music and film legacy. Visit his home and final resting place at Graceland. 1982 35th anniversary - The Bluebird Cafe The Bluebird Cafe opened, featuring songwriters and acoustic music seven nights a week and gaining a reputation as one of the premier music listening rooms in the world, especially after being featured on the hit TV show Nashville. 1992 25th anniversary - Tin Pan South The inaugural Nashville’s Tin Pan South was held. It’s now the world’s largest songwriter festival. Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Nashville
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