The King of Country
Roy Acuff probably sold a million copies of his recording of "The Wabash Cannon Ball," but you don't have to be a train buff to recognize his name.
A musician, performer, and publisher, he inspired countless others as well as giving young musicians a start in the business.
Born in Tennessee in 1903, Acuff attained national recognition in the 1940s. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938 and continued to perform there throughout his career.
Acuff toured for decades and then returned to the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed into the 1970s. He died in 1992.
Rolling Stone.com's artist database entry for Roy Acuff has biographical information, a discography, and links.