Acuff, Roy Claxton
Born: Sep 15, 1903 AD
Died: 1992 AD, at 89 years of age.
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
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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