December 9, 1991 |
When three stars turn up to testify before Congress, it's enough to cause a traffic jam on Capitol Hill. When clusters of them showed up in Washington this weekend for the Kennedy Center Honors--the nation's highest tribute to performing artists--Washington cleared the streets and turned out in its best tuxedos and dresses.
September 3, 1992 |
Acuff Hospitalized: Grand Ole Opry patriarch Roy Acuff has been hospitalized in Nashville and is being treated for congestive heart failure, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. Acuff, who turns 89 in two weeks, was listed in satisfactory condition. "He's alert and active and doing well," the spokeswoman said. Acuff, who has been a member of the Opry since 1938, was admitted to Baptist Hospital on Monday night for a checkup after being exhausted for several days.
April 12, 1989 |
Performer Clyde Moody, a former Grand Ole Opry regular whose country music career spanned five decades and was capped by his best-selling "Shenandoah Waltz," has died in a Nashville hospital. He was 74 and had been in and out of Nashville Memorial Hospital for treatment of an aortic aneurysm, but never fully recovered from surgery several weeks ago to correct the problem, said hospital spokeswoman Missy Hubner. He died Friday. Worked Up to the End "He performed the night he went to the hospital.
February 21, 1988 |
--Still steaming along, the King of Country Music celebrated his 50th year with the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Roy Acuff, who first performed with the Opry on Feb. 5, 1938, played his signature "Wabash Cannonball" and other favorites to a standing ovation. Acuff, 84, saluted his sidekick, Dobro player Pete Kirby, known as Bashful Brother Oswald. Acuff said: "We haven't had a fight yet," though Kirby also was celebrating 50 years with the show.
September 17, 1990 |
In the parlor below the deck of her houseboat docked on the Potomac, a youngish woman--blond and dressed in white--recounts the dream and nightmare of her search for her long-hidden legend-filled past. Among the framed old photographs decorating the wood-paneled room, there is only one that really matters to Jett Williams: a black-and-white picture of a handsome young man in a cowboy hat with a dreamy expression on his face. It is no ordinary face, no ordinary family photograph.
August 9, 1991 |
Kennedy Honors: The Kennedy Center Honors this year will go to country singer Roy Acuff, actor Gregory Peck, musical comedy writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, dancers Fayard and Harold Nicholas and choral conductor Robert Shaw. The honorees, announced Wednesday, will be recognized for their cultural contributions Dec. 8 at the center.