The Grand Ole Opry opened its newest tour exhibit “Famous Friends” today (May 1) featuring some of the most iconic celebrities, cultural figures and artists from a variety of genres who have visited and performed on the iconic Opry Stage.
The collection, installed at the Acuff House, displays costumes, photos and personal items from celebrities including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Harlem Globetrotters, Andy Griffith, Leslie Jordan, Steve Martin, Sissy Spacek, Jack White, multiple U.S. Presidents and more.
“The Grand Ole Opry has been a staple of the country music scene for almost a century, and over the years, we’ve had the honor of welcoming some truly special guests to our stage,” says Dan Rogers, VP and Executive Producer of the Grand Ole Opry. “From legendary musicians to renowned actors and even U.S. presidents, the Opry has played host to a diverse range of talents and personalities, each leaving their own unique mark on our history. We’re excited to provide a new opportunity for our guests to experience these unique Opry stories.”
Some of the exhibit’s unique items include:
– Copy of Tony Bennett’s 2006 song chart for “Cold, Cold Heart,” signed by Tim McGraw
– Ray Charles’ stage wear tuxedo worn in the 1990s
– Leslie Jordan’s outfit worn during his Opry debut in 2021
– One of Steve Martin’s earliest known banjos
– Former President Richard Nixon’s Yo-Yo used on stage during the opening night of the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974
– Sissy Spacek’s script for “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
– Actress and singer Chrissy Metz’s Opry debut dress she wore in 2020
– Jack White’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster and custom suit by Manuel Cuevas worn to the 2014 Grammy Awards
Admission to the “Famous Friends” exhibit is included with the purchase of an Opry House Daytime Backstage Tour ticket.
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