By Pam Windsor

In the 1950s, families gathered around the radio every Saturday night to hear the Grand Old Opry. It was live music at its best, featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music. The Ryman, built as a church before becoming a music venue, served as the home of the Opry from 1943 to 1974.

Stepping onto that coveted stage launched the careers of famous names like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and many more. They would return time and time again.


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