Roy Claxton Acuff

Roy Acuff was born in 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee.

He was a talented athlete and received 13 varsity letters in sports in high school. While playing baseball for a farm team he suffered a severe sun stroke that necessitated a two year recovery. During this time he began to play the fiddle and have an interest in country music.

He married in 1936 and began his recording career. His first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry was in 1938 and he soon became a regular. In 1939 the Opry went on regional radio with Acuff as the host. He is known as the King of Country Music and had a major influence on many musicians of this genre. Acuff was the first living musician to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He received Kennedy Center Honors in 1982. Over his career he toured extensively, recorded several hits, received numerous awards, appeared in films and dominated the Grand Ole Opry.

He died in 1992.