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In 1903, Roy Acuff (“The King of Country Music”) was born in Maynardsville, Tennessee. As a boy, he played in the church choir and played baseball, hoping to someday become a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. Those dreams were dashed when he was left physically debilitated by a severe case of sunburn while on vacation, during the year he spent recovering he learned to play the fiddle. After a brief stint in 1962, with a traveling medicine show, he began singing on a Knoxville radio with a band known as Crazy Tennesseans. His rendition of “The Great Speckled Bird” led to a recording contract with American Recording Company.

In 1938 he joined the Grand Ole Opry and quickly became it's most popular member, he rose to national prominance in the 1940s with his singles such as “The Precious Jewel,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “The Wreck on the Highway,” and “Beneath That Lonely Mound of Clay.”

Roy formed the Acuff-Rose music-publishing business with songwriter Fred Rose, many famous singers and songwriters got their start at Acuff-Rose including Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbinson.

Awards and Achievements:



Roy Acuff
passed away Nov. 23, 1992
Rest In Peace


Roy Acuff Discography:

2002
Oh Boy Classics Presents Roy Acuff
Songs Of The Smokey Mountain
The Voice Of Country Music
The Great Roy Acuff
2001
The Good News According To Roy Acuff
20 Greatest Songs
Night Train To Memphis
The Crazy Tennessean
Hear The Mighty Rush Of Engine
2000
R.C. Cola Radio Shows Vol. 4
R.C. Cola Radio Shows Vol. 3
1999
Country Music Hall Of Fame 1962
R.C. Cola Radio Shows Vol. 2
R.C. Cola Radio Shows Vol. 1
The King Of Country Music 1936-1947
1998
The King Of Country Music 1936-1947
1996
The King Of Country Music
1995
Greatest Hits
So Many Times
Wabash Cannonball
1993
King Of Country Music
1992
The Essential Roy Acuff (1936-1949)
1991
Best Of Roy Acuff
Columbia Historic Edition
1990
Fly Birdie Fly: 1939-41
Greatest Hits
Steamboat Whistle Blues
1974
Back In The Country
1970
Roy Acuff Time
I Saw The Light
Night Train To Memphis
1969
Treasury Of Country Hits
1968
Living Legend
1967
Famous Opry Favorites
1966
Roy Acuff Sings Hank Williams
1965
Waiting For My Call To Glory
Roy Acuff
Great Roy Acuff
Great Train Songs
The Voice Of Country Music
1963
Hand-Clapping Songs
Roy Acuff Sings American Folk Songs
The World Is His Stage
Star Of The Grand Ol' Opry
1962
Hymn Time
1961
Once More
That Glory Bound Train
1958
Favorite Hymns
Great Speckled Bird
1955
Songs Of The Smokey Mountains
1949
Songs Of The Saddle

Sources:
http://www.halloffame.org/hall/mem/roy-acuff.html
http://www.iomusic.com/Employment/Human_Resources/
http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/
http://www.musica.co.uk/musica/screen__ARTISTDB/shop__MUS/artist__Acuff,~Roy.htm

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