On Dec. 29, 1945, Sheb Wooley recorded "Oklahoma Honky Tonk Girl" in Nashville, Tenn. It was the first commercial music recording made in the city that would become synonymous with country music.
The record did not draw much attention at the time.
Wooley would go on to record a novelty hit called "The Purple People Eater. " He also had a career as an actor, appearing in the movie "High Noon" and in the television series "Rawhide."
Grow the Future of Public Media
MPR News is supported by Members. Gifts from individuals power everything you find here. Make a gift of any amount today to become a Member!