Grand of oils Opry

Grand old Opry is the most long-lived radio show of US - broadcast history. Weekly the Country music concerts transferred from Nashville ( threshing floor lake) have cult status for decades.

To 5. October 1925 began an insurance company the belonging radio station WSM with the transmit mode. Few weeks later George D rose. Hayas a manager, who was considered as a promoter of the “old time music”. The birth of the barns thanks show, the Vorläuferin of the Grand of oils Opry, struck to 28. November of the same yearly, when a Fiddler, which had substituted as a substitute, encountered unexpectedly positive listener resonance. From thereeach Saturday evening Country music was played on. First of star were Humphrey Bate's Possum Hunters, DeFord Bailey or Uncle Dave Macon.

1927 were renamed the show in Grand of oils Opry. If the range of the Radiosenders was first limited to rural threshing floor lake, WSM received beginningthe thirties a new frequency range assigned, which made an unimpaired receipt possible in completely North America. 1939 were fed WSM into the NBC network. Consequently the meaning of the show constantly increased. For a Country musician it was the most ambitious goal to arise into the Grand oils Opry.

Infrom the WSM Studio one sent to the initial years, which would run itself in that insurance building that national insurance found. After some stopovers one found a new homestead in 3000 seats the comprehensive Ryman auditory, an earlier church, their rustikale Innenaustattung a tendencyful Ambiente for the concerts to 1943represented.

The management of the Grand of oils Opry was admits for its conservative basic attitude. Schlagzeug and electrical guitar were verpönt long years. One tried to hold out all mode currents from the show. The Rock'n'Roll, which had its origins in the Country music, was ignored. A young Country singer named Elvis Presley was recommended after its first (and only) appearance to work better again than truck drivers.

An artist could deny guest appearances or become constant member. A problem of the constant members were the hard conditions as per contract. For extremely little money a high number of appearances had assured(at the beginning of 26 Saturday evening shows, later the number was reduced to 20, for foreign concerts could be able to be given time off one). If a constant member announced itself oils Opry star” with publicity campaigns for his tours as “Grand, 15% of the incomes had to be exhausted to the WSM. Howeverincreased interpreters, the member of the Opry were substantial, the sales figures of their plates. Only into the 1970er years could it star such as Merle Haggard afford to do without appearances there.

The Ryman auditory proved soon as too small. To 16. March 1974 pulled thoseRadio show from the city center Nashvilles into the nearby entertainment park Opryland, whose concert-resounds 4,400 spectators take up can and substantially more comfort offers. The meaning of the Grand of oils Opry diminished in and the nineties eighties somewhat. The cult status however remained. Tourist, the Oprylandvisit, represent meanwhile the largest part of the spectators.


  • Jack Hurst: Grand of oils Opry. Abrams, New York 1975
  • Jack Hurst: Nashville's Grand of oils Opry. The roofridge 50 years, 1925-1975. Abrams, New York 1989, ISBN 0-81094-0

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