Country music’s first hit was recorded on June 23rd, 1923 in a small brown building at 152 Nassua Street in Atlanta, GA.  Recording engineer, Ralph Peer, captured Fiddlin’ John Carson’s version of two songs on that day, “The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” and “The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster’s Going To Crow.”  All five hundred of the records sold quickly.  Peer then took Fiddlin’ John to New York City where, under better conditions, he recorded two more songs, “You Will Never Miss Your Mother Until She Is Gone” and “Old Joe Clark.”  Both sold a million copies and the country music recording business was launched. It all started at 152 Nassau and that building is set to be demolished in a matter of days. Legal and political efforts to prevent the demolition have so far been unsuccessful. That may be because it’s in Atlanta, which, unlike Nashville, is not the historic home of country music where preserving buildings like the Ryman Auditorium are a fait accompli.  

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