Roy Claxton Acuff (September 15, 1903 – November 23, 1992) was an 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 singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. In 1952, Hank Williams told Ralph Gleason, "He's the biggest singer this music ever knew. You booked him and you didn't worry about crowds. For drawing power in the South, i
Roy Acuff performs Wabash Cannonball and Freight Train Blues.
"The Wabash Cannonball" is an American folk song about a fictional train, thought to have originated in the late 19th century. Its first documented appearance was on sheet music published in 1882, titled "The Great Rock Island Route" and credited to J. A. Roff. All subsequent versions contain a variation of the chorus:
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Ramona Jones, Roy Acuff, Jana Jay, Tommy Williams, Roy Clark and Johnny Gimble plays Soldier's Joy on Hee Haw 1979.
"Soldier's Joy" is a fiddle tune, classified as a reel or country dance.It is popular in the American fiddle canon, in which it is touted as "an American classic"but traces its origin to Scottish fiddling traditions,and Irish fiddle traditions.It has been played in Scotland for over 200 years, and Robert Burns used it for the first song of his cantata 'The Jolly Beggars'.According
Bill Anderson And Roy Acuff plays I Wonder if God Likes Country Music on the Hee Haw show.
This song is very special as it was recorded on the stage of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Bill Anderson does another of his quiet talking songs, and Roy Acuff provides the emotional punch on “I Wonder If God Likes Country Music.