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Opry House Celebrates 40 Years

The Grand Ole Opry celebrated 40 years of country music at the Grand Ole Opry House March 15 as the newest members of the Opry, Old Crow Medicine Show, led the cast in a show-opening performance of Opry patriarch Roy Acuff’s “Wabash Cannonball.”

The 40th Opry House Anniversary Show began as the very first Opry performance at the Opry House did, with video footage of Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys from 1940 performing the band’s signature song. That performance transitioned to footage of Acuff and the Opry cast singing the song on March 16, 1974 before finally seamlessly transitioning to the curtain going up on Old Crow and a stage full of tonight’s other performers finishing the number for the live audience. 

The Opry House’s 40th Anniversary celebration leads into next year’s mark of 90 years since the Opry was founded on Nov. 29, 1925.

The Grand Ole Opry House is the Opry’s sixth home. It is also the only home built specifically for the Opry and the residence the Opry has called home the longest. The Opry House opened on March 16, 1974 with a standing-room-only Opry performance attended by President and Mrs. Richard Nixon, among other VIP guests. 

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