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Old 11-01-2003, 02:03 PM
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Thumbs up ThrillyBilly's hillbilly kin honored on USPS stamp !

i knew that hillbilly cousin would amount to something one day!

also ran (unsuccessfully) for gov of TN once.

"Acuff helped turn the Grand Ole Opry into the nation's foremost country music institution, and his role in the music publishing business helped make Nashville the country music capital of America.

In 1933 Acuff formed a band known as the Tennessee Crackerjacks, later renamed the Crazy Tennesseans by a radio announcer. In 1936, Acuff and his band made their first recordings, including a version of a traditional song that would become one of Acuff's best-known numbers, "The Great Speckled Bird." The band first performed at the Grand Ole Opry in October 1937, but it was Acuff's Feb. 5, 1938, performance of "The Great Speckled Bird" that first earned him national fame and made his band-renamed the Smoky Mountain Boys- Opry regulars.

He was also well known for his songs about trains, especially "Wabash Cannonball."

For decades Acuff's name was nearly synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry. In 1983, he moved into a house on the Opryland grounds and continued to perform on the Opry stage until shortly before his death on Nov. 23, 1992."

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