AKA Roy Claxton Acuff
Birthplace: Maynardville, TN
Location of death: Nashville, TN
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, TN
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.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Kennedy Center Honor 1991
National Medal of Arts 1991
Hollywood Walk of Fame 1541 Vine Street (recordings)
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