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Acuff, Roy Claxton

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Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1992 AD, at 89 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Artists

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1903 - Born on the 15th of September in Maynardville, Tennessee.

1929 - He played semi-professional baseball, but a sunstroke and a nervous breakdown.

1930 - Instead of further aspirating to play for the New York Yankees, he turned his attention
            to his father's fiddle and began playing in a traveling medicine show.

       - He toured the Southern United States and eventually formed a band called "The Crazy
            Tennesseans".

1936 - He recorded a cover of the traditional song "The Great Speckled Bird".

1938 - He recorded "The House of the Rising Sun" on the 3rd of November.

1940 - He released several singles such as The Wreck on the Highway, Beneath That Lonely Mound
            of Clay and The Precious Jewel.

1943 - He was initiated as an Entered Apprentice at the East Nashville Freemasonry Lodge.

1944 - He raised to Master Mason.

1948 - He had a brief affair with politics, losing a run for the office of Governor of Tennessee
            as a Republican.

1950 - He spent most of his time touring, becoming one of the hottest tickets in country music.

1962 - He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1970 - He performed almost exclusively with the "Grand Ole Opry" at Opryland USA, greatly
            legitimizing it as the top institution in country music.

        - He campaigned for his friend Tex Ritter in his campaign for Grand Old Party nomination
           for U.S. Senate in Tennessee.

1971 - He made one rare appearance at Carlton Haney's Camp Spring Bluegrass Festival.

1985 - He was made a 33rd Degree Mason on the 21st of October.

1991 - He received the Kennedy Center Honors.

1992 - He died on the 23dr of November.



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