Country Music is America's music and the Grand Ole Opry is Country Music's
home. For half a century, on radio and now on television, the Grand Ole
Opry program has come from Nashville, Tennessee to quick the pulse of
its millions of fans with colorful, tuneful, down-to-earth entertainment.
Now its story has been penned in a king-size book that
captures in its pages all the excitement and nostalgia of the program.
This is a book for anyone who ever heard Minnie Pearl say, "Howdeeeeeee!"
Produced with the cooperation of the Opry and its stars, Grand Ole
Opry is filled with hundreds of fascinating photographs, many of which have
never been published anywhere before. Many come from the files of Radio
Station WSM and the Opry, dozens were commissioned especially for
this book, and yet other were personal snapshots lent by the
The story of the Opry is a vital and vigorous saga of American entertainment.
It begins even before Judge Hay gave the program its name, and brings us through
50 exciting years right down to the present. It tells about the stars, the
people behind the scenes, all who played a part in bringing the Nashville
sound into every town and hamlet of our land. It tells of the
triumphs and tragedies, the feuds and romances, the legendary singers
and musicians, the unforgettable comedians.
We see Uncle Dave Macon and Judge Hay, Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash and Bill Monroe
and all the young giants of today, toostars like Marty Robbins,
Porter Wagoner, Del Reeves, Tammy Wynette and many more. There are
chapters devoted to Hank Williams, the rise of bluegrass, the women
stars. A special photo essay in full color explores the lush new
entertainment park, Opryland U.S.A. and its country music showssuch
as Country, Dixieland, Western, Contemporary and "I Hear America Singing",
a musical pageant of fifty years of American history, its rides
and amusements and its centerpiece, the new Opry House.
Jack Hurst, the author was a staff member of the Nashville Tennessean
for ten years before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer. His weekly
column on Country Music is widely syndicated. Grand Ole Opry is
based on interviews, ranging back over the years, plus extensive
new research. The author has also provided a discography and there is a
selection of traditional country songs especially arranged for this book.