The Grand Ole Opry was launched in 1925. My mom was born almost a full year later, on December 6, 1926. Her family always lived outside of town and when she was young, they had no family automobile. During the daytime, everyone would work or be at school, but at night time, the family entertained themselves by gathering around to listen to the radio. My mother remembers dramatic serials that played during her childhood, but she says that every Saturday night was Grand Ole Opry Night.
Because the Grand Ole Opry grew out of a square dancing program, many of the earliest performers were fiddlers:
Bill Monroe was also one of the oldest favorites.
In the following video, you’ll hear Uncle Dave Macon performing with the group The Fruit Jar Drinkers:
In the beginning, the Grand Ole Opry was broadcast to 39 states through WSM. The Possum Hunters were another group that performed during that time.
Harmonica Players, such as Deford Bailey
During the 1930’s Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys Were Popular
The Delmore Brothers were also popular during the 1940’s
Curly Fox & Texas Ruby were also popular during the 1930’s
During the 1940’s, Minnie Pearl became popular
.During the 1940’s Ernest Tubb was another Opry hit.
During the 1950’s, the Carter Sisters became big on the Grand Ole Opry