The Grand Ole Opry

Every fan of country music knows the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. It all started as a live music show broadcast over the radio and was originally called The WSM Barn Dance. The show featured live local musicians.

Back in 1927 one of the announcers who knew that a classical music program followed theirs made a joke that the radio audience had been listening to grand opera. Therefore, the Grand Ole Opry was born. There were people who protested against the folk and rural music that was played.

They decided to get an audience to watch the broadcast and listen to the singers. Soon the crowds got really big and it became the longest-running live radio program in the world. Country music fans also know that if you wanted to be a country star you were on your way if you made it on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. There were country singers like Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline among many others.

Every year about a million people visit the Grand Ole Opry and hope to see their favorite country stars.

In the video, you can hear Patsy cline singing “Crazy” on the Grand Ole Opry stage.


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