Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15: Happy Birthday, Roy Acuff

Today is Sept. 15th, time to salute the birthday of Country-Western superstar, Roy Acuff.  The head of the Smoky Mountain Boys was a staple on the Grand Ole Opry and eventually the first living inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In addition to his time on the Grand Ole Opry, Acuff made great appearances on The Kemtone Hour, The Judy Canova Show, and The American Ace Coffee Show.  On the latter, he performed "Turn Your Radio On."

Acuff's career also included a skirmish with Tennessee Governor Prentice Cooper about whether or not Country music was disgraceful hillbilly fare.  This would, in a roundabout way, lead to an unsuccessful Acuff run for Governor.  Not winning that office, he'd have to be content in the post of King of Country Music.

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