Roy Claxton Acuff, 15 September 1903, Maynardsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 November 1992, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The third of five children born to Neill and Ida Acuff, Roy learned to play the harmonica and Jews harp as a child and was involved with music from an early age. His father played the fiddle, his mother the piano and guitar and Roy sang with his siblings. School did not appeal to him in the early years and although he showed some interest in poetry and verse and excelled at sports, he was frequently in trouble. In 1919, the family moved to Knoxville suburb, Fountain City, and he attended Central High School. After leaving school he developed a reputation as a fighter which caused his parents concern and sometimes landed him in court. Acuff auditioned unsuccessfully for a stage show in Chicago and did a few jobs locally in Knoxville. In 1929, the family moved to the Knoxville suburb of Arlington and he played semi-professional baseball. He...
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