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Roy Acuff

Roy AcuffAKA Roy Claxton Acuff

Born: 15-Sep-1903
Birthplace: Maynardville, TN
Died: 23-Nov-1992
Location of death: Nashville, TN
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Country Musician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Country music pioneer

An aspiring pro baseball player, young Roy Acuff was forced into other pursuits as a result of health problems. He took up country fiddle and joined a traveling medicine show, performing both traditional and contemporary songs. After working with several bands, Acuff established himself as a solo artist in the late 30's and remained active until 1974. He became the first living musician inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame in 1962.

Wife: Mildred Douglas (d. 1981)
Son: Roy Acuff, Jr.

    4-H Club
    Country Music Hall of Fame
    Kennedy Center Honor 1991
    National Medal of Arts 1991
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1541 Vine Street (recordings)
    Nervous Breakdown


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