Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry was originally known as the WSM Barn Dance, and its inaugural broadcast was made from that station’s small fifth floor Studio A on November 28, 1925. "Uncle" Jimmy Thompson, who claimed he could "fiddle the bugs off tater vine," was the initial performer, and the cast included Dr. Humphrey Bate and his daughter Alcyone, the Crook Brothers, and Kirk McGee.
The home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. For over thirty years, the auditorium began as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. It was built by a roistering riverboat captain, who came originally to scoff and disrupt services conducted in downtown Nashville by Rev. Sam Jones.
The Grand Ole Opry?
The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry
A Good-Natured Riot gives a full and authoritative portrayal of the colorful beginnings of WSM's barn dance program up to 1940, by which time the Grand Ole Opry had found its national audience and was poised to become the legendary institution that it remains to this day.
From the Publisher
Saturday Nights With Daddy at the Opry is both the story of growing up with a backstage pass to the entertainment world in Nashville as well as a heartwarming tale of a beautiful father-daughter relationship. From the time she was a baby, Les Leverett, who was the official photographer for the Grand Ole Opry took his daughter, Libby, with him each Saturday evening to witness country music's greatest entertainers.
The Ryman Auditorium
MY MUSICAL LIFE
By Carl P. McConnell
McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
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