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Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, actor, and activist. Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.  He was one of the main figures of outlaw country,  that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.

Willie Hugh Nelson was born in Abbot, Texas during the great depression era on the 29th of April 1933. The names of his birth parents are Myrle Nelson and Ira D. Nelson...

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What Happened To Twitty City


Those hoping to get a tour of Conway Twitty’s palatial mansion in Hendersonville, TN are tough out of luck. Though the grounds of what once was known as Twitty City are still open, and the current owners—The Trinity Broadcasting Network—still broadcast Sunday services and other events from the complex, tourists hoping to get a glimpse of Twitty’s home are being turned away.

“We do not give tours any longer,” Station Manager Becky Bustin of Trinity Music City confirmed to Saving Country Music, saying the tours were suspended indefinitely on July 3rd. “It was a corporate decision.”

Conway opened the multi-structure tourist attraction and family compound in 1982 at a price tag of $3.5 million, and lived there until his death in 1993...

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Opry’s Era of Change

During the 50’s, the Grand Ole Opry and the country music industry struggled with finding it’s reaction to rock ‘n’ roll. The drums, electric guitars and the rockabilly sounds were generally rejected by the conservative Opry establishment.  Upon realizing that this was the way the music industry was headed, they decided that certain milder forms of

Image result for Johnny CashRock ‘n’ roll would be allowed. They invited such performers as Everly Brothers and Elvis. 

On October 2, 1954, Elvis Presley, at the start of his career, sang on the Opry stage for one night only.  Elvis was never invited back after his high energy, hip shaking performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky”. After his performance Opry manager Jim Denny told Elvis to go back to truck drivin...

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New Grand Ole Opry

In 1969 WSM revealed plans to build an amusement park, called Opryland USA..  The park would be located 20 miles northeast of Nashville.  The park opened in 1972, and featured a variety of musical shows as well as roller coasters, water rides, food booths and much more. The Opry moved to its new location that would seat 4,400 fans.  The grand Ole Opry House was now located in Opryland.  The last performance broadcast from the Ryman was on Friday night, March 15, 1974.

President Nixon joined Roy Acuff on stage and  played his own rendition of “God Bless America” on the piano.  This was the first show from the new Opry stage on March 16, 1974.

In remembrance of all the former country giant artist who had performed at the Ryma...

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Grand Ole Opry Returns To The Ryman

Since 1999, the Opry returns to the Ryman every year from November to January.  The Ryman was renovated in the ’90’s, and even though it seats a smaller crowd than the Opry House, this is done to pay homage to the Opry stars from early legendary days.  These months were chosen because of the decline in tourism during the winter months.

In May of 2010, a renovation had to be done on the Opry House, because of a flood that caused major damage to the building, as well as the city.  While the renovations were in process, the Grand Ole Opry Show temporarily performed at the Ryman and War Memorial Auditorium along with other places that could accommodate their fans...

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Grand Ole Opry Through the Decades

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One of the first performers heard on the Opry was 77 year old fiddler, his name was Uncle Jimmy Thompson.  When the WSM, Barn Dance (Grand Ole Opry) first aired in the 1920’s it consisted mainly of fiddlers,banjo players and
harmonica players.  Since that time we have
had several talented singing artists such as Bill Monrow, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Patsey Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Porter Wagner, Clint Black just to name a few. These are some of the greatest performers that have sang on the Opry stage.

During the 1930’s the Opry changed from an inst...

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Grand Ole Opry

As a young girl in a small town in Ohio, I remember adjusting the metal clothes hanger on our small little red radio and listing to the Grand Ole Opry.  My first recollection of the stars singing was  Kitty Wells, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Jeannie Shepard, Porter Wagner and of course Little Jimmy Dickens and Minnie Pearl.  This was the music I was brought up on and still love today.  All of these great singers are gone but will never be forgotten They have since been replaced by other country artist through the years that have become just as popular and has allowed the music to continue on.

Does anyone know when the first Grand Ole Opry first aired? The Opry was first started At National Life & Accident Insurance Company in 192...

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