Grand Ole Opry Members

by big-gun | created - 11 Aug 2017 | updated - 12 Aug 2017 | Public

1. Roy Acuff

Soundtrack | Night Train to Memphis

Roy Acuff was born on September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, USA as Roy Claxton Acuff. He was married to Mildred Louise Douglas. He died on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Trace Adkins

Actor | The Lincoln Lawyer

Trace Adkins' trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and turned albums into Platinum plaques, selling over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior...

3. Stringbean

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

David Akeman, the country musician known as "Stringbean," was a legend at the Grand Ole Opry and one of the stars of television's Hee Haw (1969). Along with his long-time partner and Hee Haw (1969) co-star Grandpa Jones, he was one of the premier traditional-style banjo players in country music. ...

4. Bill Anderson

Soundtrack | Missing

Bill Anderson was born on November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA as James William Anderson.

6. Eddy Arnold

Soundtrack | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Eddy Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 in Henderson, Tennessee, USA as Richard Edward Arnold. He was married to Sally Gayhart. He died on May 8, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

7. Ernest Ashworth

Actor | Valley of Blood

Ernest Ashworth was born on December 15, 1928 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Ernest Bert Ashworth. He was married to Elizabeth Bettye Rose. He died on March 2, 2009 in Hartsville, Tennessee, USA.

8. Chet Atkins

Soundtrack | Michael

Chet Atkins was an A&R (artist and repertoire) executive for RCA Victor Records from 1958 until 1974, producing recordings for such artists as Elvis Presley, Bobby Bare, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Duane Eddy, The Browns, Charley Pride, Hank Snow and The Everly Brothers...

9. DeFord Bailey

Born in Tennessee in 1899, harmonica player DeFord Bailey was the first black musician to appear on the Nashville-based WSM radio program "The Grand Ole Opry". He appeared regularly on the show from 1925-41. He played what was termed "black country music" or "string-band music" (although he called ...

10. Bobby Bare

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Bobby Bare was born on April 7, 1935 in Ironton, Ohio, USA. He has been married to Jean Sterling since 1964. They have two children.

11. Dierks Bentley

Soundtrack | Only the Brave

Dierks Bentley was born on November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He has been married to Cassidy Black since December 17, 2005. They have three children.

12. Clint Black

Actor | Maverick

Clint Black was born on February 4, 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA as Clint Patrick Black. He is an actor, known for Maverick (1994), Anger Management (2003) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He has been married to Lisa Hartman since October 20, 1991. They have one child.

13. Margie Bowes

Actress | The Gold Guitar

Margie Bowes was born on March 18, 1941 in Roxboro, North Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for The Gold Guitar (1966), Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967) and The Jimmy Dean Show (1963).

14. Rod Brasfield

Actor | A Face in the Crowd

Rod Brasfield was born on August 22, 1910 in Smithville, Mississippi, USA as Rodney Leon Brasfield. He was an actor, known for A Face in the Crowd (1957), Country Music Holiday (1958) and Grand Ole Opry (1955). He died on September 12, 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

15. Garth Brooks

Soundtrack | Frequency

Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Troyal Garth Brooks. He has been married to Trisha Yearwood since December 10, 2005. He was previously married to Sandy Mahl.

16. Jim Ed Brown

Soundtrack | I Believe in Unicorns

Jim Ed Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas, USA as James Edward Brown. He was married to Becky Sue Perry. He died on June 11, 2015 in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.

17. The Browns

Actor | Toast of the Town

They helped define the Nashville sound of the 1950s and '60s. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

18. Carl Butler

Soundtrack | Grand Ole Opry

Carl Butler was born on June 2, 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. He was married to Pearl Butler. He died on September 4, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee.

19. Pearl Butler

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Pearl Butler was born on September 20, 1927 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Pearl Dee Jones. She was married to Carl Butler. She died on March 1, 1988 in Franklin, Tennessee.

20. Archie Campbell

Soundtrack | The Drifter

Archie Campbell was born on November 7, 1914 in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, USA. He was a writer, known for The Drifter (1965), Nashville Rebel (1966) and Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws (1978). He died on August 29, 1987 in Nashville, Tennessee.

21. Bill Carlisle

Actor | The Gold Guitar

Bill Carlisle was born on December 19, 1908 in Wakefield, Kentucky, USA. He died on March 17, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

22. Martha Carson

Actress | Girl from Tobacco Row

Martha Carson was born on March 19, 1921 in Neon, Kentucky, USA as Irene Ethel Amburgey. She was married to Xavier Cosse and James Carson. She died on December 16, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

24. Mother Maybelle Carter

Soundtrack | Walk the Line

Maybelle married Ezra Carter when she was 16. The following year, in 1927, her brother-in-law, A.P. Carter, convinced his wife Sara and Maybelle (pregnant at the time) to make the journey from Virginia to Tennessee to audition for record producer Ralph Peer, who was seeking talent for the new ...

25. Johnny Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully ...

26. June Carter Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

June Carter Cash was born on June 23, 1929 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA as Valerie June Carter. She was married to Johnny Cash, Edwin Lee (Rip) Nix and Carl Smith. She died on May 15, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

27. Roy Clark

Soundtrack | Hee Haw

Roy Clark was born on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, USA as Roy Linwood Clark. He was married to Barbara Joyce Rupard. He died on November 15, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

28. Terri Clark

Actress | Diagnosis Murder

Terri Clark was born on August 5, 1968 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Terri Lynne Clark. She is an actress, known for Diagnosis Murder (1993), Miracle on Highway 31 (1997) and Riders Radio Theater (1995). She was previously married to Greg Kaczor and Ted Stevenson.

29. Zeke Clements

Soundtrack | Two-Fisted Stranger

Zeke Clements was born on September 6, 1911 in Empire, Alabama, USA as Marlon R. Clements. He died on June 4, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

30. Patsy Cline

Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...

31. Jerry Clower

Self | Nashville on the Road

Jerry Clower was born on September 28, 1926 in Liberty, Mississippi, USA as Howard Gerald Clower. He was married to Homerlene Wells. He died on August 24, 1998 in Jackson, Mississippi.

32. John Conlee

Soundtrack | The River

John Conlee was born on August 11, 1946 in Versailles, Kentucky, USA.

33. Stoney Cooper

Self | Country Music on Broadway

Stoney Cooper was born on October 16, 1918 in Harmon, West Virginia, USA as Dale Troy Cooper. He was married to Wilma Lee Cooper. He died on March 22, 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

34. Wilma Lee Cooper

Soundtrack | Love Ranch

Wilma Lee Cooper was born on February 7, 1921 in Valley Head, West Virginia, USA as Wilma Leigh Leary. She was married to Stoney Cooper. She died on September 13, 2011 in Sweetwater, Tennessee, USA.

35. Cowboy Copas

Soundtrack | Square Dance Jubilee

Cowboy Copas was born on July 15, 1913 in Blue Creek, Adams County, Ohio, USA as Lloyd Estel Copas. He was married to Edna Lucille Markins. He died on March 5, 1963 in Camden, Tennessee, USA.

36. Charlie Daniels

Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard

Charlie Daniels was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA as Charles Edward Daniels. He has been married to Hazel Alexander since September 20, 1964. They have one child.

37. Skeeter Davis

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Skeeter Davis was one of the first female vocalists to become a top level star in the country music field. Born Mary Frances Penick on December 30, 1931, Davis began performing in her native Kentucky as part of a duet with high school friend Betty Jack Davis in 1949. The teenagers, dubbed The Davis...

40. Little Jimmy Dickens

Soundtrack | More American Graffiti

Little Jimmy Dickens was born on December 19, 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia, USA as James Cecil Dickens. He was married to Mona Evans, Anne Ernestine Jones and Dorothy (Connie) Chapman. He died on January 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

41. Joe Diffie

Soundtrack | Twister

Joe Diffie was born on December 28, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Joe Logan Diffie. He has been married to Theresa Crump since 2000. They have one child. He was previously married to Debbie Jones and Janise Parker.

43. Jimmie Driftwood

Soundtrack | Jackie Brown

Jimmie Driftwood was born on June 20, 1907 in West Richwoods, Arkansas, USA as James Corbitt Morris. He was married to Cleda Azalea Johnson. He died on July 12, 1998 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

44. Roy Drusky

Soundtrack | The People vs. Larry Flynt

Roy Drusky was born on June 22, 1930 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Roy Frank Drusky. He died on September 23, 2004 in Portland, Tennessee, USA.

45. Duke of Paducah

Actor | Country Music Caravan

Duke of Paducah was born on May 12, 1901 in DeSoto, Missouri, USA as Benjamin Francis Ford. He was an actor, known for Country Music Caravan (1964), Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966) and Country Fair (1941). He died on June 20, 1986 in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA.

46. Holly Dunn

Soundtrack | Steel Magnolias

Holly Dunn was a female country vocalist and mainstay at country radio for several years in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s.

Her rise came on the back of the song "Daddy's Hands," a tribute to her father, a Church of Christ preacher, presenting him as a loving man who worked hard to provide ...

47. The Everly Brothers

Soundtrack | A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Everly Brothers were an American country-influenced rock and roll duo, known for steel-string acoustic guitar playing and close harmony singing. Isaac Donald "Don" Everly and Phillip "Phil" Everly were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001....

48. Lester Flatt

Soundtrack | A Prairie Home Companion

Lester Flatt was born on June 19, 1914 in Overton County, Tennessee, USA as Lester Raymond Flatt. He is known for his work on A Prairie Home Companion (2006), Dutch (1991) and Sweet Dreams (1985). He was married to Gladys Flatt. He died on May 11, 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee.

49. Red Foley

Soundtrack | The Polar Express

Red Foley made his professional debut as a singer in Chicago. He was later discovered by a talent scout at Kentucky's Georgetown College. His mother and father operated a little store at the crossroads in Blue Lick, Kentucky. His father took an old guitar as part payment on an account and gave it ...

50. Curly Fox

Self | Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar

Curly Fox was born on November 10, 1910 in Graysville, Tennessee, USA as Arnim L. Fox. He died on November 10, 1995 in Nashville, Tennessee.

51. Lefty Frizzell

Soundtrack | Ken Park

Lefty Frizzell was born on March 31, 1928 in Corsicana, Texas, USA as William Orville Frizzell. He was married to Alice Harper. He died on July 19, 1975 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

52. Larry Gatlin

Soundtrack | Stroker Ace

Larry Gatlin was born on May 2, 1948 in Odessa, Texas, USA as Larry Wayne Gatlin. He has been married to Janis Ross since August 9, 1969. They have three children.

53. Don Gibson

Soundtrack | The Departed

Don Gibson was born on April 3, 1928 in Shelby, North Carolina, USA as Donald Eugene Gibson. He was married to Bobbi Patterson. He died on November 17, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

54. Vince Gill

Actor | Maverick

Vince Gill was born on April 12, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Vincent Grant Gill. He has been married to Amy Grant since March 10, 2000. They have one child. He was previously married to Janis Oliver.

55. Billy Grammer

Music_department | Dust to Dust

Billy Grammer was born on August 28, 1925 in Benton, Illinois, USA as Billie Wayne Grammer. He was married to Ruth Burzynski. He died on August 10, 2011 in Benton.

56. Jack Greene

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Jack Greene was born on January 7, 1930 in Maryville, Tennessee, USA as Jack Henry Greene. He died on March 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

57. Tom T. Hall

Soundtrack | Keeping Up with the Joneses

Tom T. Hall was born on May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA as Thomas Hall. He was previously married to Dixie Hall.

58. George Hamilton IV

Soundtrack | A Perfect World

George Hamilton IV was born on July 19, 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as George Hege Hamilton IV. He was married to Adelaide (Tinky) Watson Peyton. He died on September 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

59. Emmylou Harris

Soundtrack | Brokeback Mountain

Emmylou Harris was born on April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. She was previously married to Paul Kennerley, Brian Ahern and Tom Slocum.

60. Harold Hawkshaw Hawkins

Soundtrack | Men of Honor

Harold Hawkshaw Hawkins was born on December 22, 1921 in Huntington, West Virginia, USA as Harold Franklin Hawkins. He was married to Jean Shepard and Reva Mason Barbour. He died on March 5, 1963 in Camden, Tennessee, USA.

61. George D. Hay

Actor | Grand Ole Opry

George D. Hay was born on November 9, 1895 in Attica, Indiana, USA as George Dewey Hay. He was an actor, known for Grand Ole Opry (1940) and Hoosier Holiday (1943). He died on May 8, 1968 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

63. Goldie Hill

Soundtrack | Opry Video Classics: Duets

Goldie Hill was born on January 11, 1933 in Karnes City, Texas, USA as Argolda Voncile Hill. She was married to Carl Smith. She died on February 24, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

64. David Houston

Soundtrack | The Fool Killer

David Houston was born on December 9, 1938 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. He died on November 30, 1993 in Bossier City.

65. Jan Howard

Actress | Changing Hearts

Major country female vocalist of the 1960s and 1970s, a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971. Jan made her feature film dramatic debut past the age of 70 with a production filmed in Nashville.

66. Ferlin Husky

Soundtrack | Hillbillys in a Haunted House

Ferlin Husky was born on December 3, 1925 in Cantwell, Missouri, USA as Ferlin Eugene Husky. He died on March 17, 2011 in Westmoreland, Tennessee, USA.

67. Alan Jackson

Soundtrack | I Am Number Four

Alan Jackson was born on October 17, 1958 in Newnan, Georgia, USA as Alan Eugene Jackson. He has been married to Denise Jackson since December 15, 1979. They have three children.

68. Stonewall Jackson

Soundtrack | Love and a .45

Stonewall Jackson was born on November 6, 1932 in Emerson, North Carolina, USA.

69. Sonny James

Soundtrack | Slap Shot

Sonny James was born on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, USA as James Hugh Loden. He was married to Doris Shrode. He died on February 22, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

70. George Jones

Soundtrack | Tin Cup

George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, USA as George Glenn Jones. He was married to Nancy Sepulveda, Tammy Wynette, Shirley Ann Corley and Dorothy Bonvillion. He died on April 26, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

71. The Jordanaires

Soundtrack | Sweet Dreams

At one time Elvis Presley's backup singers.

72. Doug Kershaw

Soundtrack | Days of Heaven

Doug Kershaw was born on January 24, 1936 in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, USA as Douglas James Kershaw. He has been married to Pam since June 21, 1975. They have five children.

73. Hal Ketchum

Soundtrack | Maverick

Hal Ketchum was born on April 9, 1953 in Greenwich, New York, USA. He was previously married to Ketchum, Gina and Terrell Tye.

74. Pee Wee King

Soundtrack | Blast from the Past

Pee Wee King was born on February 18, 1914 in Abrams, Wisconsin, USA as Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski. He was married to Lydia Frank. He died on March 7, 2000 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

75. Alison Krauss

Soundtrack | Cold Mountain

Alison Krauss is a bluegrass virtuoso who effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo-Yo Ma and Bonnie Raitt. Since ...

76. Little Big Town

Soundtrack | Gifted

Little Big Town is an actor, known for Gifted (2017), Forever My Girl (2018) and True Blood (2008).

77. Hank Locklin

Soundtrack | A Perfect World

Hank Locklin was born on February 15, 1918 in McLellan, Florida, USA as Lawrence Hankins Locklin. He was married to Anita Crooks and Willa Jean Murphy. He died on March 8, 2009 in Brewton, Alabama, USA.

79. Bobby Lord

Soundtrack | Opry Video Classics: Duets

Bobby Lord was born on January 6, 1934 in Sanford, Florida, USA. He was married to Mozelle. He died on February 16, 2008 in Stuart, Florida.

80. The Louvin Brothers

Soundtrack | Crazy Heart

For a time in 1955, Elvis Presley was their opening act.

81. Charlie Louvin

Soundtrack | Jesus' Son

Charlie Louvin was born on July 7, 1927 in Section, Alabama, USA as Charlie Elzer Loudermilk. He was married to Betty Harrison. He died on January 26, 2011 in Wartrace, Tennessee, USA.

82. Ira Louvin

Soundtrack | Jesus' Son

Ira Louvin was born on April 21, 1924 in Rainesville, Alabama, USA as Lonnie Ira Loudermilk. He died on June 20, 1965 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA.

83. Patty Loveless

Soundtrack | A Few Good Men

Patty Loveless was born on January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky, USA as Patty Lee Ramey. She has been married to Emory Gordy Jr. since February 6, 1989. She was previously married to Terry Lovelace.

84. Bob Luman

Soundtrack | Rain Man

Bob Luman was born on April 15, 1937 in Nacogdoches, Texas, USA. He died on December 27, 1978.

85. Loretta Lynn

Soundtrack | High Crimes

Loretta Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA as Loretta Webb. She was previously married to Oliver Lynn.

86. Uncle Dave Macon

Soundtrack | The Marty Stuart Show

Uncle Dave Macon was born on October 7, 1870 in Smartt, Tennessee, USA as David Harrison Macon. He was married to Matilda Richardson. He died on March 22, 1952 in Readyville, Tennessee.

87. Rose Maddox

Actress | The Hi-Lo Country

Rose Maddox was born on August 15, 1925 in Boaz, Alabama, USA as Roselea Arbana Brogdon. She was an actress, known for The Hi-Lo Country (1998), Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin' (1984) and The Women of Country (1993). She was married to E.B. Hale and Jim Brogdon. She died on April 15, 1998 in Ashland,...

88. Barbara Mandrell

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Barbara Mandrell was born on December 25, 1948 in Houston, Texas, USA as Barbara Ann Mandrell. She is an actress, known for Touched by an Angel (1994), The Rockford Files (1974) and Walker, Texas Ranger (1993). She has been married to Ken Dudney since May 28, 1967. They have three children.

90. Martina McBride

Soundtrack | Runaway Bride

Martina McBride was born on July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas, USA as Martina Mariea Schiff. She has been married to John McBride since May 15, 1988. They have three children.

92. Mel McDaniel

Soundtrack | The Americans

Country singer Mel McDaniel was born on September 6, 1942 in Checotah, Oklahoma. His father was a truck driver. McDaniel grew up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Mel was inspired to play music after he saw Elvis Presley on television. McDaniel learned how to play the trumpet in fourth grade and subsequently ...

93. Reba McEntire

Actress | Reba

Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the...

94. Jesse McReynolds

Actor | My Fool Heart

Jesse McReynolds is an actor, known for My Fool Heart, Nashville (2012) and Vol State Presents (2011).

95. Ronnie Milsap

Soundtrack | Promised Land

Ronnie Milsap was born on January 16, 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina, USA. He has been married to Joyce Reeves since October 30, 1965. They have one child.

96. Bill Monroe

Soundtrack | Men of Honor

Born in Rosine Kentucky, he was the youngest of eight children. Orphaned at age 11 he was raised by his uncle, fiddler Pendleton Vandiver. Learning the fiddle from his mother and taught further by his uncle, at an early age he began playing dances with uncle and brothers. Besides his uncle (whom he...

97. Montgomery Gentry

Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard

Country band.

98. Craig Morgan

Actor | Rizzoli & Isles

Craig Morgan was born on July 17, 1965 in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, USA as Craig Morgan Greer. He has been married to Karen Greer since July 29, 1989. They have four children.

99. George Morgan

Soundtrack | Down Dakota Way

George Morgan was born on May 28, 1924 in Waverly, Tennessee, USA. He died on July 7, 1975 in the USA.

100. Lorrie Morgan

Soundtrack | The Beverly Hillbillies

Lorrie Morgan was born on June 27, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Loretta Lynn Morgan. She has been married to Randy White since September 15, 2010. She was previously married to Sammy Kershaw, Jon Randall, Brad Thompson, Keith Whitley and Ron Gaddis.



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