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Country musician Roy Acuff performed hits suchs as "It Won't Be Long" and "Tennessee Waltz" nearly every weekend on the Grand Ole' Opry during the 1930, 40s and 50s.
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Despite his advanced age and deteriorating sight and vision, Acuff continued to perform every weekend at Grand Ole Opry right up until his dying days. "I'll never quit," Acuff once said. "I love the roar of the crowd." He passed away in Nashville on November 23, 1992 at the age of 89.
Aptly known as "The King of Country,
" Roy Acuff was one of the greatest and most influential country musicians of all time. Acuff's plaque at the Country Music Hall of Fame sums up his legacy: "The Smoky Mountain Boy ... fiddled and sang his way into the hearts of millions the world over, often times bringing country music to areas where it had never been before. 'The King of Country Music' ... has carried his troupe of performers overseas to entertain his country's armed forced at Christmas time for more than 20 years. Many successful artists credit their success to a helping hand and encouraging word from Roy Acuff." However, Acuff himself cared more about his legacy as a human being than his legacy as a musician. "I'd like to be remembered as a man who went to heaven and not another place," he said in an interview near the end of his life. "I hope to join my wife some day."
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