Nashville's famed Grand Ol' Opry had its start as a radio program, WSM Barn Dance, on November 28, 1925 -- the date that's celebrated as the beginning of th Grand Ol' Opry. The first performer to play on the program was Uncle Jimmy Thompson, an 82-yesr-old cantankerous and eccentric fiddler. I don't know what he played on that show, but here's his version of an 1866 square dance tune. Uncle Jimmy's wife, Aunt Liza, would roll up the rugs and take the furniture outside so they could have a square dance in their LaGuardo, Tennessee, home.
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