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14 Notable Grand Ole Opry Performers

Grandpa Jones

It's a good thing Louis Marshall Jones was a successful country artist for more than seven decades -- it gave him time to grow into the nickname he was given at age 22 after being told he sounded "old and grouchy" on radio shows. The singer and banjo player, who was known as a country music purist, promised fans that he would "keep it country" while other styles influenced the genre.

Jones' witty repartee made him a star on the TV show Hee Haw, and he was one of the few stars to celebrate 50 years on the Opry stage.