Roy Acuff was born on September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, USA as Roy Claxton Acuff. He was married to Mildred Louise Douglas. He died on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee.
1. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1962.
2. He was the first LIVING person to be elected member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Before Acuff, you had to be dead to be elected.)
3.Among country music's pioneers.
4. Recorded many golden classic country hits. The songs "Wabash Cannonball" and "Great Speckle Bird" were recorded at his first session in 1936.
5. Had one of the earliest hit versions of "The Tennessee Waltz," whose best known version was from Patti Page.
6. With Fred Rose, formed the Hickory Records recording label in 1953, from which Acuff's later recordings came.
7. Twice ran for Tennessee governor as a Republican.
8. Won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 for his contributions to the music industry.
9. Acuff's budding career as a baseball player was cut short due to sunstroke.
10. For many years was the owner/operator of the Dunbar Cave Hotel, a popular tourist spot just outside of Nashville.
11. Recorded for several different labels over the years, most notably for Columbia, Capitol, and Hickory records.
12. Was famous for his yo-yo trick demonstrations during his personal appearances.
13. Sang "I Saw the Light" at the funeral of Hank Williams alongside C&W greats Red Foley and Ernest Tubb who, respectively sang, "Peace in the Valley" and "Beyond the Sunset"
14. He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1991 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
15. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 7-9. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
Patsy Cline was an American country music singer and part of the Nashville sound during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She successfully "crossed over" to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. She died at age 30 in the crash of a private airplane.
1. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on January 9, 1960.
2. Had two children with Charlie Dick: Julia Simadore Dick (born August 25, 1958) and Allen Randolph "Randy" Dick (born February 28, 1961).
3. Nearly killed on June 14, 1961 when she and 21-year-old brother Sam Hensley were involved in a head-on car crash in Madison, Tennessee. Patsy was thrown through the car's windshield. Recovery from the accident took a month and Patsy's forehead was permanently scarred.
4. Patsy's winning appearance on Talent Scouts (1948) in 1957 froze the applause meter used to judge contestants.
5. Pictured on one of four 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps in the Legends of American Music series, featuring Country & Western music. This set of stamps also honored Hank Williams, Bob Wills and The Carter Family. Issued 25 September 1993 in sheet and booklet formats.
6. Recorded 102 songs during her six-year career.
7. Wore many wigs after her car crash which left many scars on her forehead.
8. Many plays have been written based on her life. Most famous are "Always, Patsy Cline" and "Just a Closer Walk with Patsy Cline".
9. Ranked #11 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
10. Recorded many of her most famous hits from the 1950s with legendary session guitar player Hank Garland. Garland also played with her during her famous appearance on Talent Scouts (1948) in 1957. They were both considered part of the famous Nashville musicians known as the A-team.
11. Ranked #1 of the 40 greatest women in country music.
12. Recorded with Hank Garland in the late 1950s to early 1960s in sessions that produced the songs "I'm Moving Along", "I'm Blue Again", "Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do", "That Wonderful Someone", "(Write Me) In Care of the Blues", "Hungry for Love, I Can't Forget You", "I Don't Wanta", "Ain't No Wheels on This Ship", "Yes, I Understand", "Gotta Lot of Rhythm In My Soul", "Life's Railway to Heaven", "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", "Lovesick Blues", "How Can I Face Tomorrow", "There He Goes" and "Crazy Dreams".
13. Recorded Willie Nelson's song "Crazy". According to Nelson, it was one of the few songs Patsy did not get on the first take. After a break, he realized the problem was that she was attempting to sing it the way he had originally recorded it. After he told her to "make it her own", she got it the first time. According to Nelson in an interview with Terry Gross, it is on more jukeboxes and remains the #1 song on jukeboxes ever.
14. Was close personal friends with Loretta Lynn and was portrayed by Beverly D'Angelo in the story of Lynn's life, Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). D'Angelo did all her own singing for the role.
15. Patsy's manager and pilot, Randy Hughes, was taught to fly by the same flight instructor who taught another popular country singing star, Jim Reeves, to fly. Jim met the same fate as Patsy, Randy, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas in July 1964, when his plane crashed in eerily similar circumstances during a severe thunderstorm.
Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing the immortal song, 'Tennessee Waltz'
1. Country and pop music performer. His band was known as the Golden West Cowboys.
2. Had one of the earliest hit versions of "The Tennessee Waltz"; his version hit No. 3 on Billboard magazine's country charts in 1948.
3. His biggest hit, and only Billboard No. 1 country hit, came in 1951 with "Slow Poke"; the song was also a major pop hit.
4. A talented songwriter, usually with lyrics by Redd Stewart, his band's long-time male vocalist. Among the King/Stewart compositions that have become standards are "The Tennessee Waltz" and "You Belong to Me".
5. Pee Wee King's composition "The Tennessee Waltz" became the State Song of Tennessee in 1965.
6. Became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.
7. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1715 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Faron Young was an American country music singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s and one of its most successful and colorful stars.
1. Country music singer.
2. Young stipulated in his will that two of his sons each get $200,000. A daughter born out of wedlock got $50,000, while one son, Robyn, who'd testified against Faron in his divorce proceedings, received $1.
3. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
4. One of the founders, in 1966, of Music City News, one of country music's most respected trade journals.
5. Recorded and appeared on TV with legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland.
6. Wrote song "Is It So Strange" for Elvis Presley who recorded it in 1957.
7. A performance video clip of "It's Four In The Morning" was the first video to air on CMT when it first launched on March 5, 1983.
8. In 1985, the country singer inspired homage from British rock group, Prefab Sprout, whose multimillion-selling album, "Steve McQueen" contains the song "Faron Young." The song has the refrain: You give me Faron Young four in the morning / Forgive me Faron Young four in the morning..."
9. In the comic strip Peanuts, Frieda's cat was named "Faron" after Faron Young, of whom Charles Schulz was a fan.
David Akeman better known as Stringbean, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, comedian, actor and semi-professional baseball player best known for his role as a main cast member on the hit television show, Hee Haw, and as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
1. The murders of Stringbean and his wife are considered the most notorious crimes ever committed in Nashville, Tennessee.
2. According to a 1997 episode of "City Confidential" which aired on the A&E Network, narrated by Paul Winfield, the last name of the brothers who murdered Stringbean and Estelle was Brown.
3. 6 foot 5 inch country music star David "Stringbean" Akeman was on Hee Haw, and played at the Grand Ole Opry. His only indulgence was a new Cadillac each year.
4. David “Stringbean” Akeman fashioned his first banjo from a shoebox and a piece of thread.
5. He was born in 1916 in Annville, Kentucky. They were so poor his mother would give him rocks to throw at birds, and, if his arm was good, they’d have whatever he'd hit for supper.
6. When he was 12, he traded two bantam chickens for his first real banjo.
7. Stringbean landed his first gig in Bill Monroe’s band. He played in the Blue Grass Boys from 1943-45, and his old-timey, “clawhammer” style of banjo picking can be heard on Monroe’s records from this period.
8. Stringbean never learned how to drive, so Estelle would chauffer him to road gigs and the 30 minutes each way from their cabin north of Nashville to the Ryman Auditorium downtown for the Opry on Saturday nights.
9. On November 10th, 1973 swhortly after purchasing this Cadillac, they returned home after a performance at the Grand Ole Opry and were murdered by waiting burglars.
10. Stringbean had no kin, in his will he left everything to a charity for underprivileged children.
Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.
1. In November 1997 he was treated for pneumonia.
2. Father, with Vivian Liberto, of Rosanne Cash, Tara Cash, Cindy Cash and Kathy Cash.
3. Is the only person besides Hank Williams to have been inducted into the Songwriters, Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
4. Brother of country singer Tommy Cash, Reba Hancock and Joanne Cash Yates.
5. One time his truck caught on fire and burned half of a national forest. He was taken to court, and when the judge asked him why he did it, he said, "I didn't do it, my truck did, and it's dead.".
6. In the years shortly before his death, he recorded songs by other contemporary artists, including cover versions of U2's "One", Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus", Richard Thompson's "Tear Stained Letter", Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", Loudon Wainwright III's "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and the song "Thirteen" written especially for him by gothic rocker Glenn Danzig.
7. Recorded entire albums live in California's Folsom and San Quentin prisons, in front of highly receptive audiences of convicts.
8. His album "Bitter Tears" contains original songs told from the viewpoint of Native Americans.
9. He chose songs for a running series of compilations of songs that comprised the main themes of his work. The first three compilations are titled "Love", mostly songs he wrote for June Carter Cash, "God", a series of gospels and "Murder", perhaps his favorite subject, but one whose title he encouraged people "not to go out and do". Released slightly later was "Life", mostly songs about hard work and economic struggling.
10. He suffered from a fear of flying and snakes.
11. His album, "The Man Comes Around", features his rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt". NIN frontman Trent Reznor admitted that at first he was angry about the cover, as he wrote it from a deeply personal point of view. However, when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, he was deeply moved and found Cash's cover beautiful and meaningful.
12. The son of poor cotton farmers whose economic and personal struggles during the Depression (when Johnny was growing up) shaped him as a person and inspired many of his songs.
13. Son-in-law of Mother Maybelle Carter.
13. The scar to the right of his mouth was the result of a botched attempt to remove a cyst while he was serving in the Air Force in Germany.
14. Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and Johnny are the only three musicians to have been inducted both into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
15. The US Air Force would not accept "J.R." as a given name when he enlisted, so he became John R. Cash. He signed for Sun Records in 1955 (a year after his discharge) and had his name changed again . . . to Johnny Cash.
Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings's first recording session, and hired him to play bass. Jennings gave up his seat on the ill-fated flight in 1959 that crashed and killed Holly, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens.
1. In 1959, Waylon Jennings gave up his seat to J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who was suffering from the flu, on the ill-fated flight that crashed and killed musicians Richardson, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens. He was haunted by the tragedy and the loss of his close friend, Holly.
2. Waylon was the narrator of The Dukes of Hazzard and also composed/sang the show’s theme song “Good Ol’ Boys.”
3. After several disciplinary issues, 16-year-old Jennings dropped out of high school— oddly enough at the insistence of the superintendent.
4. Waylon was fired as a radio DJ after he played two Little Richard records in a row during his program.
5. Jennings performed some of the hand claps on Buddy Holly’s tune “You’re the One.”
6. While living in Nashville, Waylon rented an apartment with Johnny Cash.
7. In 1972, Jennings was hospitalized with hepatitis and considered retiring from music permanently since he was also fed up with the music industry.
8. During his hospitalization, Waylon grew a beard and was convinced to keep it to match the image of Outlaw Country.
9. In 1985, Jennings joined with USA for Africa to record “We Are the World” but he left the session due a dispute over the song’s lyrics that were to be sung in Swahili. (Ethiopians do not speak Swahili…)
10. The country singer-songwriter made a cameo in the 1985 live-action film Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird. He played a turkey farm truck driver who gives character Big Bird a ride. He also sings “Ain’t No Road Too Long” on the soundtrack.
Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. professionally known as Buck Owens, was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band the Buckaroos.
1. His band was called "The Buckaroos".
2. He had throat cancer in 1993, and lost part of his tongue.
3. Born at 5:00am-CDT
4. Buck has three sons named Buddy, Michael and Johnny.
5. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
6. Opened the Crystal Palace restuarant and perfomance hall in his adopted hometown of Bakersfield, California.
7. Buck had recorded his own version of "Streets of Bakersfield" in 1972. That album cut became a major No. 1 hit as a duet with Dwight Yoakam in the summer of 1988.
8. Got his nickname "Buck" at age three from a favorite horse.
9. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Dwight Yoakam gave his induction speech.
10. Members of the Buckaroos: Don Rich (guitar), Doyle Holly (bass), Tom Brumley (steel guitar) and Willie Cantu (drums). The Buckaroos also had several of their own albums.
11. Over a 25-year span, had 21 No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine's country singles chart. The biggest of those, 1963's "Love's Gonna Live Here," spent 16 weeks at No. 1 and was the last to stay atop the charts as long. That song's reign was interrupted once -- in October when Ernest Ashworth's "Talk Back Tremblin' Lips" took over for one week.
12. Father of Buddy Alan.
13. Mentioned in the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit "Lookin' Out My Back Door."
14. Ex-wife 'Bonnie Owens' died shortly after Buck of complications from Alzheimer's disease. They remained friends after their divorce.