Personalities | Fred Rose | War Years | Country
(Music publisher, songwriter, 1898–1954)
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Fred Rose was a key figure in Nashville’s rise from a provincial backwater to an international musical capital. Rose penned a number of country standards, including ‘Wait For The Light To Shine’ and ‘Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain’. He began his career in Chicago as a jazz songwriter. In 1933, he moved to Nashville, where he continued to write pop and jazz songs, along with popular western hits, including ‘We’ll Rest At The End Of The Trail’. He also spent time in Hollywood writing songs for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and other cowboy film stars. In Nashville, he partnered with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff to found Acuff-Rose, one of Nashville’s most successful and influential music-publishing firms. Rose discovered Hank Williams in the late 1940s and helped launch his remarkable career.
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