Grand Ole Opry Membersby big-gun | created - 11 Aug 2017 | updated - 12 Aug 2017 | Public
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...
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. ...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
17. The Browns
Actor | Toast of the Town
Their recording of "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow" made it into Billboard's country Top 10. They were signed by RCA Records in 1956, and had more success with "I Take the Chance" and "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing". They crossed over into pop, folk and R&B, including the number 1 hit "The Three Bells".
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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.