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Artist Red Grooms named the carousel and one of its characters, Mr.
Fox Trot, for the ballroom dance made popular in the 1940s and for
the slow, mixed gait of a horse as it trots with its forelegs and
paces with its hind legs.
Don (1937 - ), Phil (1939 - )
The Everly Brothers have been called one of the most influential duos
in the history of recorded music. Don and Phil Everly were raised
in a family of folk and country performers from Kentucky and moved
with their family to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1953. Four years later,
the Everly Brothers signed with Cadence Records and released "Bye
Bye Love," a record that sold over two million copies and launched
their legendary career.
Strickland was born in Navesink, New Jersey and moved to Philadelphia
with his family, where at the age of 14 he became an apprentice to
the renowned architect Benjamin Latrobe. Strickland opened his own
architectural firm and designed a large number of Philadelphia's public
buildings. He was one of the premier U.S. architects when he came
to Nashville in 1845 to construct the state capitol building. While
in Nashville, he also designed James K. Polk's tomb and The Downtown
Presbyterian Church. His Greek revival-style design for the state
capitol building is considered one of his finest works. Strickland
died before the capitol was completed and was buried, according to
his wishes, in the building's northeast corner.
The Goo-Goo cluster was America's first combination candy bar, made
of caramel, marshmallow, fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate.
This creative concoction made the Standard Candy Company a household
name in the South.
Lulu Clay Naff managed the Ryman Auditorium for over 50 years, turning
what started as a church into one of the top entertainment venues
of the South. Out of the many performers who graced the stage, Naff's
all-time favorite was John McCormack, the great lyric tenor. She even
placed a second mortgage on her home to bring McCormick to the Ryman
in 1916. Over the years, Naff faithfully collected autographed photos,
playbills and programs of those who performed at the Ryman. Her collection
is now under the care of the Nashville Public Library.
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States, a distinguished
statesman, and a hero of the War of 1812. Jackson built The
Hermitage, located 12 miles from downtown Nashville, for his beloved
wife, Rachel Donelson
A Clarksville native, Wilma Rudolph overcame childhood polio to
become an Olympian at the age of 16. She won a bronze medal in the
1956 Olympics and, four years later, she became the first American
woman to win three gold medals in track. Wilma Rudolph was a member
of the Tennessee State University Tigerbelles, the renowned women's
Dave Macon (1870-1951)
Uncle Dave Macon was nearly 50 years old when his unique banjo style,
vast repertoire of songs, and comedic flare led to performances across
the country. In 1925, he became the Grand Ole Opry's first star and
continued to entertain audiences there until three weeks before his
death at the age of 81. Uncle Dave Macon was elected to the Country
Music Hall of Fame in 1966.
R.H. Boyd (1843-1922)
Dr. Richard Henry Boyd, born a slave in Mississippi, attended Bishops
College in Texas where he trained for the ministry. In 1896, he moved
to Nashville and established the National Baptist Publishing Board,
the first religious publishing company owned by an African American.
Atkins (1924 - 2001)
Legendary guitarist and Music Row industry leader, Chet Atkins was
the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history. His artistry
can be heard on the records of Elvis Presley, Kitty Wells, The Everly
Brothers, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and dozens of
others. He won numerous awards, including 14 Grammys and 9 CMA,
and helped shape the sound of both country music and rock-n-roll.
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