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Album Review

The original Great Roy Acuff LP was a reissue of material Acuff had recorded for Capitol between 1953-1955, including one song, the tragic "Please Daddy Forgive," that had not been previously released. The album begins with an excellent train song, "Sunshine Special," before running through a characteristic set of sentimental, spiritual, and moralistic songs. It's unfortunate that "Rushing Around" and "Sweep Around Your Own Back Door" were sequenced next to each other since their refrains have virtually identical melodies. The Dualtone CD is a straight reissue of the 1964 album that reproduces the original album art and adds new notes, but it is unnecessarily brief (a two-fer would have been a better value). All of this material is duplicated and expanded on Bear Family's two-disc set, The King of Country Music.


Born: September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Roy Acuff was called the King of Country Music, and for more than 60 years he lived up to that title. If any performer embodied country music, it was Roy Acuff. Throughout his career, Acuff was a champion for traditional country values, enforcing his beliefs as a performer, a music publisher, and as the Grand Master of the Grand Ole Opry. Acuff was the first country music superstar after the death of Jimmie Rodgers, pioneering an influential vocal style that complemented the spare, simple songs he...
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