Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain: Tales of Romance and Tragedy

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Center Street, Oct 8, 2008 - Music - 416 pages
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The Grand Ole Opry has been home to the greatest legends of country music for over eighty years, and in that time it has seen some of conutry music's most dramatic stories unfold.
We'll hear of the great love stories ranging from Johnny Cash and June Carter in the 1960s to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who married in 2005. We'll get the truth of the tragedies that led to the loss of three stars all in the same month, starting the rumor of the "Opry Curse." We'll learn how after being stabbed, shot, and maimed, Trace Adkins calls his early honky-tonk years "combat country," and we'll find inspiration from DeFord Bailey, an African American harmonica player in 1927 crippled by childhood polio who rose to fame as one of the first Opry stars. Our hearts will break for Willie Nelson, who lost his only son on Christmas Day, and soar for Amy Grant and Vince Gill, who found true love.
Based on over 150 firsthand interviews with the stars of The Grand Ole Opry, these are stories that tell the heart of country--the lives that are lived and inspire the songs we love.
 

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The Grand Ole Opry has been home to the greatest legends of country music for over eighty years, and in that time it has seen some of country music's most dramatic stories unfold. A beautiful volume ... Read full review

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The tale of tragedy untold in this book regarding my Dad, the late Hawkshaw Hawkins, is mine and his first wife, Reva's. I was 16 when my Daddy died and I heard of it on the radio ... and the rest of the story is untold. www.marlene.org

Contents

Johnny and June
The Stringbean Murders
A Lesson in Leavin
Barbara and
Tribulation and Triumph
Its All Relative
Fatherhood First
Garth and Trisha
Martys Greatest Treasure
Vince and
Funny Love
For the Rest of Mine
SmallTown Gals
It Takes
Some Memories Just Wont
Live Fast Love Hard Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Memory

Loretta and
NoShow Jones
An Opry Curse
Gentleman
Dollys Mystery
The Houston Cowboy and the Hollywood Star
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin
A Womans Love
Broken Duets
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