Country music’s most famous establishment just got a whole lot more impressive.
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.
8. The Opry’s oldest member is the legendary late Jimmy Dickens, who joined in 1948.
7. At just 13-years-old, Lorrie Morgan made her Opry debut.
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.
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.
3. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running radio show in the world.
2. A whopping 6,024 songs are performed during Opry shows each year.
1. Several celebrities who aren’t country singers have performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
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!