14 Notable Grand Ole Opry Performers


Hank Williams

By the mid-1930s, Hank Williams's legendary music career was well underway and would astonish everyone for years to come. Despite 12 number-one songs, including "Hey Good Lookin'," Williams battled alcoholism, which almost cost him a chance at the Opry. Producers couldn't bear not to feature Williams, however, and the country star joined the cast in 1949. He was called back for six encores the first time he performed.

Williams died at age 29, from a heart attack, possibly brought on by drug and alcohol abuse.