Roy Acuff

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Legal name: Roy Claxton Acuff


Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) 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. In 1952 Hank Williams told Ralph Gleason, "He's the biggest singer this music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff, then God."

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 although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he 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 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1951 Old Time Barn Music 1
1968 Wabash Cannonball 1
2007 Roy Acuff Sings Hank Williams 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Best of Roy Acuff 1
1991 Columbia Historic Edition 1
1992 Essential Roy Acuff 1936-1949 1
1994 The King of Country Music 1
1996 The Late, Great Roy Acuff 1
1997 Greatest Hits 1
2001 20 Greatest Songs 1
2004 Sings American Folk Songs / Hand-Clapping Gospel Songs 1
2004 King Of Country Music 1
The Crazy Tennessean 1
The King Of Country Music (1936-1947) 1
The Very Best of Roy Acuff: Wabash Cannonball 1
Wabash Cannonball 1
Wabash Cannonball 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1946 Gone, Gone, Gone / Let Me Be the First to Say I'm Sorry 1
1968 Don't Be Angry / Nearest Thing to Heaven 1

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