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Country Trivia – Soul Man On The Opry

 

Question: Who was the ‘soul’ man that appeared on the Grand Ole Opry at the invitation of Porter Wagoner?

Answer: Several artists from various genres have been invited to perform at the ‘home’ of Country Music. The Grand Ole Opry welcomed James Brown in 1979. The ‘I Feel Good’ singer brought a little rhythm and blues to the stage at the request of Porter Wagoner!

According to the Augusta Chronicle, James Brown once said, “I always have loved country music ever since I was a kid and listened to the radio in Augusta. Country music really is just the white man’s blues.”  Mr. Brown’s country favorites also included Lefty Frizzell and Cowboy Copas.

“I love Minnie Pearl,” he added. “We were on The Joey Bishop Show together. I also co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show one time when he had Johnny Cash as a guest.” Mr. Brown in the 1980s even recorded a disco version of the pop/country single Still, written by Bill Anderson, a fellow inductee with Mr. Brown in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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