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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931722896
  • Publisher: Center Street
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 329,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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Dubbed "the dean of Nashville's entertainment journalists," Robert K. Oermann writes two weekly columns for Music Row magazine and has been published in more than 100 other national periodicals. His seven books to date include the award-winning Finding Her Voice and A Century of Country. He has penned liner notes for more than 100 albums and boxed-set productions, and has scripted and/or directed television specials and documentaries for CMT, CBS, PBS, the BBC, TBS, TNN and others.

He is the chairman of the country committee for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and serves on the Hall of Fame and awards committees for the Country Music Association (CMA).

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Table of Contents


1 Johnny and June 1
2 The Stringbean Murders 13
3 A Lesson in Leavin' 22
4 Barbara and Ken 34
5 Tribulation and Triumph 44
6 It's All Relative 57
7 Fatherhood First 71
8 Garth and Trisha 81
9 Loretta and Doo 87
10 No-Show Jones 100
11 An Opry "Curse" 106
12 Gentleman Jim 127
13 Dolly's Mystery Man 141
14 Marty's Greatest Treasure 158
15 Vince and Amy 167
16 Funny Love 178
17 For the Rest of Mine 190
18 Small-Town Gals 201
19 It Takes Two 212
20 Some Memories Just Won't Die 221
21 Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young, and Leave a Beautiful Memory 232
22 The Houston Cowboy and the Hollywood Star 243
23 Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' 250
24 A Woman's Love 256
25 Broken Duets 264
26 Outlaw's Prayer 273
27 Pure Love 281
28 The Red-Headed Stranger 289
29 Dating at the Opry 304
30 The Harmonica Wizard 314
31 Sure Love 325
32 Behind Every Great Man ... 332
33 The Tragedy of Country Music's King 339 Sources 350 Index 387
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