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Roy Acuff

From Wikipedia Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the "King of Country Music," Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. In 1952 Hank Williams told Ralph Gleason, "He's the biggest singer this music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff, then God." Acuff began his music career in the 1930s, and gained regional fame as the singer and fiddler for his group, the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, and although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades. In 1942, Acuff co-founded the first major Nashville-based country music publishing company—Acuff-Rose Music—which signed acts such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers. In 1962, Acuff became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Sep 15, 1903 In Maynardville, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Grand Ole Opry 1940-06-25
Latest Project:
Series Country Music 2019-09-15
Known For
Poster of Uncle Dave Macon
Poster of The Kennedy Center Honors
Poster of The Johnny Cash Show
Poster of The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Series Country Music Himself (archive footage) 2019-09-15
Movie Opry Video Classics: Pioneers Himself (archive footage) 2007-11-21
Movie Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues Himself (archive footage) 2004-06-23
Movie Welcome to the Club: The Women of Rockabilly Unknown 2001-01-01
Movie Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music Unknown 1993-05-31
Series The Nashville Palace Unknown 1981-10-24
Movie Uncle Dave Macon Unknown 1980-01-01
Movie Coal Miner's Daughter Roy Acuff (uncredited) 1980-03-07
Movie Concrete Cowboys Himself 1979-10-16
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Bluegrass Country Soul Himself 1972-07-01
Series Hee Haw Unknown 1969-06-15
Series The Johnny Cash Show Unknown 1969-06-07
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Home in San Antone Roy Acuff aka Jack Jones 1949-04-14
Movie Smoky Mountain Melody Roy Acuff 1948-12-16
Movie Night Train to Memphis Roy Acuff 1946-07-12
Movie Cowboy Canteen Roy Acuff 1944-02-09
Movie Sing, Neighbor, Sing Roy Acuff 1944-08-12
Movie O, My Darling Clementine Sheriff Roy Acuff 1943-12-31
Movie Grand Ole Opry Roy Acuff 1940-06-25