Roy Acuff
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"Roy Claxton Acuff" was an United States/American country music singer, fiddler, and promoter. Known as the "King of Country Music," Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful.

Acuff began his music career in the 1930s, and gained regional fame as the singer and fiddler for his group, the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, and although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades. In 1942, Acuff co-founded the first major Nashville, Tennessee/Nashville-based country music publishing company—Acuff-Rose Music—which signed acts such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers. In 1962, Acuff became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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There were people coming in here from New York, California, Chicago, all different places that had publishing companies, trying to buy my songs.

I don't owe one man one cent. Anywhere.

I think we got too much sleep.

I'm going to be eighty soon, and I guess the one thing that puzzles me most is how quick it got here.

Turn loose and have fun. Give the audience a show.

Any game you play, you got to lose sometime.

Don't be a blueprint. Be an original.

The greatest thing the Democrats have ever done for me was to defeat me for the governor of Tennessee.