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大奧普裡(Grand Ole Opry)


它是田納西 州那什維爾WSM電台所播放的現場音樂秀。1925年開始,由電台播音員喬治黑(George D. Hay)負責這個節目,原來的名字叫做「WSM穀倉舞」(The WSM Barn Dance),以現場直播當地的音樂家做為號召。



時間一年年的過去,大奧普裡的規模逐漸擴大。後來成為世上歷時最久的現場電台節目。每年有將近一百萬人前往奧普裡觀看他們最愛的明星,如:威廉斯(Hank Williams)、阿庫夫(Roy Acuff)、特拉維斯(Randy Travis)、芭頓(Dolly Parton)、布魯克斯(Garth Brooks)及其他數以百計的明星都曾在奧普裡的舞台上表演過。

Do you know how the Grand Ole Opry got its name?

It began as a live music show at radio station WSM in Nashville, Tennessee. Started by radio announcer George D. Hay in 1925, it was originally called "The WSM Barn Dance," and it featured live local musicians.

In 1927, George Hay's radio program followed a classical music show. He joked that the audience had been listening to grand opera, but from then on the station would be presenting "the grand ole opry." The name stuck and has been used ever since.

At first, some people in Nashville were against the mountain folk music the Opry promoted. Nashville was trying to present a cultured image, and some local leaders believed that the rural music Hay had on his show presented the wrong image. Nevertheless, people began to drop by to watch the musicians performing through the small studio window. Then the radio station decided to let the people in, hoping an audience would liven up the show. After a while, the crowds got so big that they had to move to a larger studio to hold the audience!

Over the years, the show continued to expand. The Grand Ole Opry is the longest-running live radio program in the world. Almost a million people visit the Opry every year to see their favorite stars. Musicians like Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks have performed on the stage at the Opry, as have hundreds of others.

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