Personalities | Porter Wagoner | Nashville & Beyond | Country

(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1927)

This Howell County, Missouri-born artist grew up on a farm and worked in a butcher’s shop before he began singing on local Missouri radio shows. In 1957, Wagoner moved to Nashville and landed a spot on the Grand Ole Opry. In more recent years, with the deaths of longtime Opry stalwarts Roy Acuff and Hank Snow, Wagoner has emerged as the show’s distinguished elder statesman. His hard country hits from the 1950s and 1960s include ‘A Satisfied Mind’ (1955), ‘Misery Loves Company’ (1962) and ‘The Carroll County Accident’ (1968). Wagoner continues to perform and occasionally record. A member of Nashville’s Country Music Hall Of Fame (elected in 2002), he also brought Dolly Parton to national attention via his road and television show.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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