(1903 - 1992)
(born September 15, 1903, Maynardsville, Tennessee;
died November 23, 1992, Nashville, Tennessee)
native of Maynardsville, Tennessee, Roy Claxton Acuff
did not become active in music until sensitivity to
sun ruled out a career in Major League baseball.
He was then 30.
By 1942, he was the leading
vocal star of the Grand
Opry. That year, he founded the first
important music-publishing company in Nashville with
songwriter Fred Rose, a company whose giant
catalogue includes the songs of the "Hillbilly
Shakespeare" Hank Williams (1923 - 1953).
In 1942, too, he organized the
Smoky Mountain Boys, with whom he recorded a vast
number of hits, including "The Great Speckled Bird,"
"Wabash Cannonball," "Precious Jewel," "I Saw The
Light," and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?".
He is reputed to have sold over
30 million disks in a career that in 1962 led to his
being elected as the first living member of the
Country Music Hall of Fame.
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