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10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About The Grand Ole Opry

Country music’s most famous establishment just got a whole lot more impressive.

Performing at the Grand Ole Opry can be one of the biggest accomplishments in a country artist’s career. You know the Opry as a gorgeous and historical venue to see top country artists up-close-and-personal, but there are many fun facts about the venue you might not know about.

10. Throughout the Opry’s 85-plus years, it has had a total of six homes.

It’s longest home to date has been the Grand Ole Opry House, where it’s been since 1974.

9. Every year during the wintertime, the Opry returns to its former home, the Ryman Auditorium.

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The Ryman Auditorium’s nickname is “The Mother Church of Country Music.” The historic auditorium seats even resemble church pews!

8. The Opry’s oldest member is the legendary late Jimmy Dickens, who joined in 1948.

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The Opry was a second home to Jimmy Dickens over the years. His last performance on the Opry stage was in December of 2014, and he sadly passed away shortly after on Jan. 2.

7. At just 13-years-old, Lorrie Morgan made her Opry debut.

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lorrie.com

Too bad AT&T U-verse “My Opry Debut” didn’t exist back then to follow Lorrie Morgan on her road to the Opry — we would have loved to see that behind-the-scenes story!

6. While the Opry is one of Nashville’s most popular tourist attractions, there are some major die-hards.

Paul Elkhart, who is coined as the Opry’s #1 fan, attended an Opry performance for 2,184 weeks STRAIGHT from 1972 until 2014. And yes, he even paid for the tickets!

5. Five Opry members have been awarded with their very own US postage stamp.

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Some of these honored stars include Roy Acuff, the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline.

4. It takes roughly 15.8 million feet of audio, video and lighting cable on the Opry  grounds to broadcast the radio show to the world.

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3. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running radio show in the world.

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The National Life & Accident Insurance Company started Nashville’s first radio station on Oct. 5, 1925. The call letters were “WSM” (seen on the Opry microphone) and stood for the insurance company’s motto, “We Shield Millions.”

2. A whopping 6,024 songs are performed during Opry shows each year.

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Giphy.com

1. Several celebrities who aren’t country singers have performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

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They include President Richard Nixon, Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Kevin Bacon, Kenny Loggins, CBS’ Bob Schemer and Charles Osgood.

Next time you visit the Opry, be sure to impress your friends with some of these fun facts!

SEE ALSO: 10 Artists That Deserve to Be Members of the Grand Ole Opry

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10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About The Grand Ole Opry