Roy Acuff became the first star of Nashville thanks to two tunes already recorded by the Carter Family:
The Great Speckled Bird (1936), based on the melody of
I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes,
Wabash Cannonball (1936), one of the most celebrated "railroad songs".
Precious Jewel (1940),
Wreck On The Highway (1942), one of the earliest car songs,
Fireball Mail (1942),
Night Train to Memphis (1943),
Pins And Needles (1943),
Low And Lonely (1943),
Frank "Pee Wee" King's Tennessee Waltz (1947),
were sung in an old-fashioned, mournful mountain style, and accompanied mainly
with the dobro (James Clell Summey until 1938 and Beecher "Pete" Kirby after 1938).
He was instrumental in turning country music into a business, and
a huge nationwide business.
The music publishing company he founded in 1942 with songwriter Fred Rose became a gold mine.
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