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Roy Acuff

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Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) was an American country musician known around the world as the “King of Country Music”.

Roy Acuff was born in Maynardville, Tennessee, to Ida Carr and Simon E. Neil Acuff (a Baptist preacher, judge and tenant farmer), the third of their five children. Originally, Acuff didn’t plan to be a singer. Acuff sang in the church choir as a schoolboy, but he was more interested in sports, particularly baseball. Not only was he attracted to the sport, he had a wild streak — after his family moved to Knoxville, he was frequently arrested for fighting. Acuff continued to concentrate on playing ball, eventually becoming strong enough to earn a tryout for the major leagues. However, that tryout never took place. Before he had a chance to play, he was struck by a severe sunstroke while he was on a fishing trip; after the sunstroke, Acuff suffered a nervous breakdown. While he was recovering, he decided that a career in baseball was no longer possible, so he decided to become an entertainer. He began to learn the fiddle and became an apprentice of Doc Hauer, a local medicine show man.

While traveling with the medicine show, Acuff learned how to be a performer — he learned how to sing, how to imitate, how to entertain, how to put on a show. Soon, Acuff joined the Tennessee Crackerjacks, who had a regular slot on Knoxville radio station WROL. Although he was performing frequently, he wasn’t making any significant headway, failing to become a star in Tennessee.

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    10 new images up!

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    I hAve a list but how. Do I hear the songs on my list

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Tyrone28

    His rendition of Red River Valley will forever be the best.

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
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    Great!

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
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  • OldGrayPuppet

    realy old country...

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
  • jcshepard

    Acuff did more damage to American Country Music with his Nashville Sound than almost any single person ever has. Pox on the change in his pocket.

    7 May 2008 Reply
  • SilverShirt

    an american legend.

    23 Dec 2007 Reply

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