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Roy Acuff

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Roy Claxton Acuff was an American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the "King of Country Music," Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. Acuff began his music career in the 1930s, and gained regional fame as the singer and fiddler for his group, the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938 and remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades. In 1942, Acuff co-founded the first major Nashville-based country music publishing company—Acuff-Rose Music— which signed acts such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers.

In 1962, Acuff became the first living person to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and in 1991, he was given a lifetime achievement award by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Fact file

  • Birth name: Roy Claxton Acuff
  • Also known as: King of Country Music
  • Born: September 15, 1903
  • Origin: Maynardville, Tennessee, USA
  • Died: November 23, 1992 (aged 89)
  • Genre(s): Country
  • Occupation(s): Singer and Songwriter
  • Instrument(s): Fiddle
  • Years active: 1936 – 1992
  • Label(s): Acuff-Rose Music

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