Singer, music publisher, Roy Acuff
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Publisher
birth name: Roy Claxton Acuff

Roy Acuff

September 15, 1903, Maynardville, TN ~ November 23, 1992, Nashville, TN

Roy Acuff was called the King of Country Music, and for more than 60 years he lived up to that title. If any performer embodied country music, it was Roy Acuff. Throughout his career, Acuff was a champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the spare, simple songs he was performing. Generations of artists, from Hank Williams to George Jones, have been influenced by Acuff, and countless others have paid respect to him. At the time of his death in 1992, he was still actively involved in the Grand Ole Opry, and was as popular as ever. ~ Allmusic: Roy Acuff ~ retrieved September 8, 2013 © Allmusic

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September 15, 1979 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) The Charlie Daniels Band, The Devil Went To Georgia ~ #2 (3) Earth Wind & Fire, After The Love Has Gone ~ #1 (1) The Knack, My Sharona


Roy’s recordings became so popular that he headed Frank Sinatra in many major music polls, and reportedly caused Japanese troops to yell, ‘To hell with Roosevelt, to hell with Babe Ruth, to hell with Roy Acuff,’ as they banzai-charged at Okinawa. He was also something of a political animal and was nominated to run as governor of Tennessee in 1944 and 1946. Two years later he won the Republican primary, but failed to win the ensuing election ~ Roy Acuff ~ retrieved December 4, 2015 © Alan Cackett

Roy Acuff ~ Awarded a 1987 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roy Acuff & the Smoky Mountain Boys ~ Wabash Cannonball ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ~ Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1972) ~ Named one of the Vivascene Top 10 Country Albums Every Music Fan Should Own in 2014 ~ McEuen got the brilliant idea to take them to Nashville in 1971 and record a 3-record acoustic set with the country performers he most admired. He lined up Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Merle Travis and a host of others. The result was “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,”, which eventually became a 3 volume series (and a Grammy winner) with additional volumes being made every few years. The authenticity of the performances is undeniable, the scope of the project vast, and the recordings a national treasure. When the band showed up in Nashville with their long hair, their mustaches, beards and hippie accoutrements the Nashville group were apprehensive to say the least; then the boys played for them and all reservations were set aside. ~ 2014 © Vivascene

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