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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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Loretta Lynn, The Last 60 years

Loretta Lynn  Webb; born April 14, 1932

 an American country music singer songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning 60 years. She is famous for hits such as You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)“, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)“, “One’s on the Way“, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter“.

Lynn has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and an individual artist. She is the most awarded female country recording artist and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade (1970s). Lynn has scored 24 No. 1 hit singles and 11 number one albums. Lynn continues to tour, appear at the Grand Ol...

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Remembering George Jones

(September 12, 1931-April 26, 2013)

George Jones Makes Peace With His Nicknames
George Jones, Country Music's 'Possum,' Dies at 81
George Jones was an American country music singer-songwriter who has been widely regarded as The Greatest Country Music Singer, and an extremely influential one. His voice has become iconic to country, as he inspired artists like Ricky Van SheltonAlan JacksonVince GillPatty Loveless, and even other artists like Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan.

George Jones’ first releases were made in 1954; he started off as a 22-year-old honky-tonk Hank Williams imitator who couldn’t find his own image. It wasn’t until the early-mid 1960’s that his voice matured into his very own, and he released multiple #1 hits. During the 1960s, he was one of the busiest recording artists in country music...

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The Story of Country Music

The Story of Country Music                A steam train on a heritage railroad that operates excursions in Boone County, Iowa, crosses the 156-foot-tall Bass Point…

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Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard  (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016)

Image result for merle haggard photosMerle Haggard was born in Oildale, California.  His childhood was not an easy one, he was born during the great depression and his father James Haggard worked for the railroad and ended up converting an old boxcar into a home, where Merle was born and spent most of his childhood.

In 1945 his father died of a stroke and his mother had to go to work and Merle was left with family members. At a very early age he was plagued by a respiratory condition, that frequently kept him out of school and confined to bed rest.  Merle was mostly on his own and became a rebellious teen, which caused him to be in and out jail for truancy, passing phony checks and grand theft auto.

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(September 1, 1933 – June 5, 1993)

Conway Twitty was born as Harold Lloyd Jenkins to Velma Jenkins and Floyd D. Jenkins in Friars Point, Mississippi. He was a country singer, but was also a successful rock and roll, rockabilly singer.

At the age of 10, he formed a country band and called it “The Phillips Country Ramblers.” In the ’50’s he would kick start his recording career in Memphis, Tennessee at Sun Studios as a rock-n-roll artist. This is the same place that Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash done their first recordings.

Harold Jenkins was a great baseball player and was offered a spot on the Philadelphia Phillies when he graduated out of high school, but was drafted into the United States Army before he could sign t...

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Ray Stephens, Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer

Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939, in the small town of Clarkdale, Georgia. Professionally, he is known as Ray Stevens. He released his first single in 1957 and his first full album in 1962. Dozens of Stevens’ singles have charted on the Billboard Hot Country Charts. “The Streak” and “Everything is Beautiful” reached NO. 1 on the Billboard. Stevens is well known for his novelty songs, and he wrote all of his own songs with only having a co-writer on two of them from 1962-1980.

At age 18, he signed with Capital Records in 1957, and in 1958, Bill Lancing hired Stevens to play numerous instruments, arrange music, and perform background vocals for his band...

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Mariah Carey All I want for Christmas Is You

Miss Mariah Carey was born in Huntington, Long Island, New York on March 27, 1970 to Alfred Roy Carey, who was of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent; her mother, Patricia Hickey, is of Irish American descent.

She took voice lessons at the age of four, and at the age of eighteen she signed with Columbia Records. Her debut album had four number one hits.

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer and an entrepreneur. She is referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by the Guinness World Records. She is known for her five-octave range and her singing style, and is often called a “master of melisma.” She sings R&B, pop, hip hop and soul...

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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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Country Gold

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In the following years during the 1980’s through 2000,  many changes has taken place with the Opry’s returning to more conventional sound with the change from the Outlaw Movement as it had started to fade.  During this time some of the artist who brought back the conventional sound were; Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Ricky Van Shelton, John Conley, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis and Mel McDaniels.  In 1987 the Grand Ole Opry. featured Tom T. Hall, Billy Walker, Wilma Lee Cooper and Randy Travis.

During the early 1980’s WSM, Opryland, The Ryman Auditorium and The Grande Ole Opry were sold to a friend of Minnie Pearl’s his name was Ed Gaylord, from Oklahoma...

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Country Legends

During the late 1940’s and 1950’s some of the Opry’s best known performers were Ernest Tubb, Eddie Arnold, Cowboy Copas, Red Foley, Little Jimmy Dickens and Hank Williams. Famous comedy acts at the time were Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones and David “Stringbean” Akerman.

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One of the most legendary stories in history of country music, is when Hank Williams made his first Opry appearance on June 11, 1949.  He sang his song “Lovesick Blues”.  he was the only Performer, at the time, to be called out for six encores.

Hank Williams is known as the King of Country Music and has written over 50 hits, not counting the ones that he co-wrote.  Most of his songs were from his heart and explained the life he lead...

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Country Music Legends

                                                           MERLE HAGGARD
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Many of the well known singing artist that we know today had gotten their start during the 1960’s,70’s.   In the ’80’s, many known artist became Opry members including Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Tom T. Hall, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. It was during this time when George Jones, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson and Meryl Haggard had many top singles and is considered singing legends...

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George Jones

George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931- April 26, 2013)  George was born in Saratoga, Texas.  He was an American country singer and song writer.  He received fame for his long list of hit records including “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. He released many successful albums from 1960 – 1980.

He was one of eight kids growing up in poverty.  George began performing on the street to earn money for his large family. In 1955  Jones landed on the top”10″ list for “Why Baby Why”, the rest of his career was releasing hit single after hit single as a solo artist.  George also sang duets with some of the biggest country stars.  Tammy Wynett, who was his third wife, had many country hits together such as “Near You“, “Golden Ring”, “Were...

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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
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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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