Grand Ole Opry


Grand Ole Opry
/ohl" op"ree/
a successful radio show from Nashville, Tenn., first broadcast on Nov. 28, 1925, noted for its playing of and continuing importance to country music.

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Country music radio show in Nashville, Tenn.

, U.S. Founded in 1925 by George Dewey Hay, the show was originally known as the WSM Barn Dance; it acquired its lasting name in 1926. Its music developed from Dave Macon's ballads of rural labourers in the 1920s, through the string bands, cowboy music, and western swing of the 1930s, and later back to the traditional music characterized by the career of Roy Acuff. After World War II, the honky-tonk style of Ernest Tubb and later Hank Williams, the bluegrass of Bill Monroe, and the singing of Eddy Arnold (b. 1918) and Kitty Wells all became Opry staples, as did comedy routines, notably those by Minnie Pearl (1912–96). In 1941 the Opry became a live stage show. In 1974 it moved to the Opryland amusement park and entertainment centre. The Opry initiated and promoted the creation of Nashville as the centre of country music.

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▪ musical show, Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee, United States
also called  Opry 
 country music show in Nashville, Tenn., U.S., which began weekly radio broadcasts in December 1925, playing traditional country or hillbilly music. Founded by George Dewey Hay, who had helped organize a similar program, the WLS “National Barn Dance,” in Chicago, the show was originally known as the “WSM Barn Dance,” acquiring its lasting name in 1926. It was largely Hay, called “the Solemn Ol' Judge,” who determined the course of the Opry's development.

 The show flourished through the heyday of radio and on into the television era. Such widening exposure led to tours of Opry stars and in the 1940s to Opry films. The music of the Opry developed from Uncle Dave Macon's ballads of rural labourers in the 1920s, through the string bands, cowboy music, and western swing of the 1930s, and back to the traditional music characterized by the career of Roy Acuff (Acuff, Roy), who was promoted into stardom by the Opry in the late 1930s. After World War II, the honky-tonk style of Ernest Tubb, the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe (Monroe, Bill) with Earl Scruggs, the honky-tonk music of Hank Williams, the crooning of Eddy Arnold and Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the singing of such female vocalists as Kitty Wells were all Opry staples, as were comedy routines, notably by Minnie Pearl. In 1941 the Opry became a live stage show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; in 1974 the show moved to the Opryland amusement park and entertainment centre. The Opry initiated and promoted the creation of Nashville as the centre of country music.
 

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