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)
Do you know something we don't?
Submit a correction or make a comment about this profile
Copyright ©2012 Soylent Communications