Acuff, Roy b. September 15, 1903 d. November 23, 1992 Country Music Singer. A native of Maynardsville, Tennessee, he sold more records in the 1930s and 1940s than any country music star. A semi-professional baseball player in his 20's, his career cut short by injury. He then began playing his father's fiddle and soon began traveling the south with a "medicine show." In 1938 he became a regular on the "Grand Ole Opry" country music radio program, and his two biggest hit songs were "The Great Speckled Bird" and "Wabash Cannonball." He ran...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Cramer, Floyd b. October 27, 1933 d. December 31, 1997 Musician. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he was a self-taught pianist renowned as one of the one of the architects of the "Nashville Sound". In 1955, he moved to Nashville and became one of the most sought after session musicians in town. He played on sessions to include Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Patsy Cline, Perry Como, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, Owen Bradley and Elvis Presley. He also recorded more than 50 solo albums with hits such as "Last Date", "San Antonio Rose", "Fancy Pants"...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Drake, Pete b. October 8, 1932 d. July 29, 1988 Musician, Record Producer. He is best remembered as a pedal steel guitar studio musician and recording producer in Nashville, Tennessee from the 1960's into the 1980s. He was born Roddis Franklin Drake in Augusta, Georgia, the son of a Pentecostal preacher. When he was 18 years old, he visited Nashville and became fascinated by the steel guitar sounds of musician Jerry Byrd. He returned home and built his own steel guitar and taught himself to play, and after a few years he became one of...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Forrester, Howard b. 1922 d. 1987 Musician. Born in Vernon, Tennessee, he was regarded as one of the best and most accomplished popular fiddle players in country music. Nicknamed Howdy, he began his music career with a group known as the "Tennessee Valley Boys" in the 1930s and then joined Bill Monroe's "Bluegrass Boys" staying with the group until he was drafted into military service in 1942. After his discharge in 1945, he rejoined the "Bluegrass Boys" recording his signature songs "Wild Fiddler's Rag", "Memory Waltz", "...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Gregory, Hubert Elvin b. June 28, 1909 d. January 14, 1989 Noted Country Musician from the Grand Ole Opry. Worked with various stars such as the 'Fruit Jar Drinkers' and 'Sam & Kirk Mcgee.'
Hubert married Katherine Parthina Wilhelm April 28/1928. They had 4 sons. Son of Greenwood Harrison Gregory- Sumner county Tennessee and Amanda Elizabeth (Bridgeman) Gregory-Allen county Kentucky.
Hartford, John b. December 30, 1937 d. June 4, 2001 American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Musician and Lyricist. He is probably best known for composing the popular song "Gentle on My Mind" which was his first major hit, which became one of the most widely recorded country songs of all times and was recorded by hundreds of artists. Born John Cowan Harford in New York City, New York, when his father was attending medical school, he moved with his family to Saint Louis, Missouri and his father set up a medical practice. As a boy, he liked the...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Cancer Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Lucas, Charles "Red" b. April 28, 1902 d. July 9, 1986 Major League Baseball Player. He set both major-league pitching and pinch-hitting records over a 13-year career that began with three games for the New York Giants in 1923. He pitched briefly for the Boston Braves the following year, then went to Cincinnati, where he enjoyed most of his success. The right-hander pitched a modern-day record of 250 1/3 consecutive innings without being relieved from Aug. 13, 1931-July 15, 1932. That's 27 consecutive complete games, also a record. He led the...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Coons) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Manuel, Dean (Dockie Dean) b. 1934 d. 1964 Musician. He was a piano player best known for being a member of country artist Jim Reeves' band. In the 1950s, he joined Reeves' group The Blue Boys, as not only a player but as his business partner and manager. He was an entrical part of Reeves' success until they both were killed in an air accident when their private plane encountered a violent thunderstorm and crashed near Brentwood, Tennessee. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: plane crash with Jim Reeves Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Martin, Jimmy b. August 10, 1927 d. May 14, 2005 Bluegrass Musician. He was the lead singer with the "Blue Grass Boys" until 1955, when he formed his own band, the "Sunny Mountain Boys"; then recorded with Decca records for 18 years. He recorded 138 titles including "Ocean Of Diamonds," "Sophronie," "Widow Maker" and "Sunny Side Of The Mountain," He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1995. (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Bladder cancer Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA Plot: Across the path from Roy Acuff
Morgan, George b. June 28, 1924 d. July 7, 1975 Musician. Born in Waverly, Tennessee, he was a singer-guitarist referred to as the country crooner in the 1950s. In 1948, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and recorded the song "Candy Kisses" which was a number one hit on the country music Billboard charts in 1949. His other hits included "Red Roses For a Blue Lady", "Mansion Over the Hilltop", "Jesus Saviour Pilot Me" and "You're the Only Good Thing That's Happened to Me". He also hosted his own radio program and was the last person to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Rhodes, Speck (Gilbert Ray) b. July 16, 1915 d. March 19, 2000 Musician. Born Gilbert R. Rhodes in West Plains, Missouri, he was a country music comedian and entertainer. In the 1930s, with his brothers Dusty and Slim, as the "Log Cabin Mountaineers" they toured on the Vaudeville circuit. He played banjo and bass fiddle and developed a comic character called "Speck" Rhodes. In 1960, he auditioned for the "Porter Wagoner Show" and was hired to play base fiddle as a member of Porter's band, "The Wagon Masters". Speck and Porter stayed together for the next...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Scruggs, Earl Eugene b. January 6, 1924 d. March 28, 2012 Country and Bluegrass Musician. He is probably best known for his three-finger banjo picking style of bluegrass music. He was born and raised in the Flint Hill community near Shelby, Tennessee, and grew up in a musical family. His father, a farmer and bookkeeper, played the banjo and died when he was 4 years old. As a young boy, he perfected his banjo-playing style began performing at dances and on local radio shows that featured bands, including Lord John Miller and His Allied Kentuckians. In...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Snow, Hank b. May 9, 1914 d. December 20, 1999 Country Music Singer, Composer. Hank Snow was a Canadian who achieved country music notoriety far from the American area that developed and shaped this musical form. At the time of his death in Madison (Nashville suburb) at age 85, he was given major credit for transforming country music from a largely rural musical style to an internationally popular mode. Hank Snow had a huge following in Britain, Germany, Australia and the Far East. Born Clarence Eugene Snow in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, he...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA Plot: Drive in main entrance, turn right and bear left. First left turn and marker is on left.
Walker, Billy b. January 14, 1929 d. May 21, 2006 Country Singer. From his West Texas home of Ralls this country crooner went on to become one of Country music's most successful recording stars during the 1960s. He overcame tremendous childhood difficulties when after his mother's death, the four year old and two of his brothers were forced to leave their five siblings to be placed in a Waco, Texas children's home, because of family financial difficulties. He left the orphanage at the age of twelve, got a job plucking turkeys and made enough...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Wells (Deason), Kitty (Ellen Muriel) b. August 30, 1919 d. July 16, 2012 Singer, Songwriter. Born Ellen Muriel Deason, her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts. She recorded the song just as she was intending to retire from the business to devote herself to her family full time. She learned to play the guitar at 14 and made her singing debut on the radio in 1936, appearing on some of the biggest radio hoedowns of the day, including "Louisiana Hayride" and the weekly...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Whitley, Keith b. July 1, 1954 d. May 9, 1989 Country Singer. Husband of country singer Lorrie Morgan. Born Jackie Keith Whitley in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Keith learned to play guitar at age 6 and first appeared on the Buddy Starcher's regional TV show at age 8. He formed a bluegrass band with his friend Ricky Skaggs a few years later. When both teenagers were 15 years old they were asked to play a local show when Ralph Stanley's entourage was running late. Stanley hired them for his band and they stayed for two years until Keith went to...[Read More] (Bio by: Just another taphophile) Cause of death: Alcohol poisoning Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA