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Roy Acuff

Roy Acuffsinger"His songs have told their stories--of their disappointments, of their triumphs, of their love, of their faith." With these words President Ronald Reagan in 1982 proclaimed Roy Acuff the troubadour of the American people. And each year, from the 1930s to the 1980s, hundreds of thousands traveled to Tennessee from all corners of the nation to hear Roy Acuff sing the stories of their lives. Acuff's first ambition in life was to be a professional baseball player, but that dream came to an end when a severe case of sunstroke left him physically debilitated. Two years of recuperation followed, during which time he picked up the fiddle for a distraction.