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DeFord Bailey

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Birthday
14, 1899
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Jul 2, 1982 (82)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
14, 1899
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Jul 2, 1982 (82)

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Harmonica player in the early twentieth century who became the Grand Ole Opry's first major star.

Before Fame

He learned the harmonica at the age of three, developing his unique sound while in bed afflicted with polio.

Trivia

He joined the Grande Ole Opry when it was still the fledgeling WSM Barn Dance program on an equally fledgeling NBC Radio Network. He was the one to coin the show's new name.

Family Life

He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, the grandson of slaves.

Associated With

He and Roy Acuff, another Grande Ole Opry star, toured together.

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