Roy Acuff

Roy Acuff

Roy Claxton Acuff (15 de septiembre de 1903, Maynardsville, Tennessee – 23 de noviembre de 1992, Nashville, Tennessee) fue un violinista, letrista y cantante estadounidense.
Se dedicó a la música después de una profesión malograda en el béisbol, ganando inmediata popularidad con sus discos "The Great Speckled Bird" y "The Wabash Cannonball". Reafirmando las melancólicas tradiciones musicales del suroeste rural, se convirtió en una estrella nacional de radio en el programa radial Grand Ole Opry.
En 1942, Acuff y el autor de letras Fred Rose fundaron la casa discográfica Acuff-Rose Publishing, la primera disquera dedicada exclusivamente a la producción de música country, controlando los derechos del gran artista Hank Williams. En 1962 fue electo como el primer miembro en vida del Salón de la Fama del Country. Murió de un infarto al corazón.

  • Fecha de nacimiento: 1903-09-15
  • Falleció: 1992-11-23
  • Lugar de nacimiento: Maynardville, Tennessee, USA


From Wikipedia 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.