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10 Pivotal Moments in Nashville's Music History

There is no singular big-bang moment that turned Nashville into a musical epicenter. But here, we give you ten (out of hundreds) pivotal events that helped turn our town into Music City, USA.

Written By:  Peter Cooper

Photographers:  The Tennessean

1870s

The first famous Nashville musical act, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, have been earning rave reviews and standing ovations for almost 150 years. They performed at the White House in 1872, toured Europe in 1873, and still sing today around the world as well as at historic Jubilee Hall on the Fisk University campus.

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Peter Cooper is a writer-editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a senior lecturer in country music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

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