GRAND OLE OPRY - THE 1940'S

During the '40s, the Opry moved to its most famous home, the red-brick Ryman Auditorium. The half-hour Prince Albert Show segment, which had been carried regionally on the NBC radio network, went national, carried by more than 140 stations. Opry stars like Red Foley, Eddy Arnold, and Minnie Pearl became ambassadors for country music, traveling throughout the nation during the week and returning home to the Opry stage on weekends. During this decade, Ernest Tubb took an Opry troupe to New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the show made its first European tour. These are some of the entertainers Opry listeners began hearing during the '40s.


 

OPRY MEMBERS BY THE DECADE

 
  • EDDY ARNOLD
  • THE BAILES BROTHERS
  • ROD BRASFIELD
  • LEW CHILDRE
  • COWBOY COPAS
  • THE CACKLE SISTERS (CAROLINE AND MARY JANE DEZURIK)
  • JOHN DANIEL QUARTET
  • LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS
  • ANNIE LOU AND DANNY DILL MILTON ESTES AND HIS MUSICAL MILLERS
  • THE DUKE OF PADUCAH (WHITEY FORD)
  • WALLY FOWLER AND THE OAK RIDGE QUARTET
  • PAUL HOWARD AND THE ARKANSAS COTTON PICKERS
  • JOHNNIE AND JACK
  • GRANDPA JONES
  • JORDANAIRES
  • BRADLEY KINCAID
  • LONZO AND OSCAR
  • GEORGE MORGAN
  • MINNIE PEARL
  • THE POE SISTERS
  • PETE PYLE AND HIS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BOYS
  • OLD HICKORY SINGERS
  • ERNEST TUBB
  • CURLEY WILLIAMS AND HIS GEORGIA PEACH PICKERS
  • HANK WILLIAMS
  • THE WILLIS BROTHERS
  • DAVID "STRINGBEAN" AKEMAN

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