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WSM Grand Ole Opry
WLAC Nashville, TN
WSM Nashville, TN

In the 1920s, the Binkley Brothers String Band became a part of a show that was growing in Nashville, Tennessee - the WSM Grand Ole Opry. But the Solemn Old Judge, George D. Hay, as he had did with other groups, renamed them the Binkley Brothers and the Dixie Clodhoppers. He wanted the groups to have 'colorful' names.

They appear to have joined the Opry as one of the early pioneering acts prior to 1927.

Author Charles K. Wolfe noted in his book "A Good Natured Riot" that the group was hired on by WLAC to be a part of a Saturday night competing program called "The Sorghum Symphony" that was started in June of 1928. Mr. Wolfe makes the case for the first commercial recording was that came from Nashville and the Binkley Brothers could be seen as the first as they had the first record issued. You'll find more about the group in that early era in Nashville in Mr. Wolfe's ook.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group members:

  • Amos Binkley
  • Gale Binkley, fiddle

Credits & Sources

  • A Good-Natured Riot; The Birth Of The Grand Ole Opry; Charles K. Wolfe; 1999; Country Music Foundation Press and Vanderbilt Press; Nashville, TN

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Rec. No. Side Song Title
  VI40048 A I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows
  VI40048 B Give Me Back My 15 Cents
  VI40129 A Little Old Log Cabin Down
  VI40129 B When I Had But 50 Cents

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