Practically everyone knows that Nashville, Tenn., known as Music City, USA, has long been considered the home of country music, but have you ever wondered how the city came to have that distinction? You might be surprised to learn that it all began when the National Life & Accident Insurance Co. decided to start a radio station in 1924 to advertise its services.
About a year after starting the radio station, they brought in a disc jockey named George Hay who introduced a radio show that he called "The Barn Dance." Soon, however, the name of the show was changed to "The Grand Ole Opry." With stars like Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, the show was a huge hit with music fans. Before long tourists were coming from all around the country to see the Opry performed live.
With the popularity of "The Grand Ole Opry" bringing tourists and talent to Nashville, it was not long before the record companies followed. They began by recording artists in local hotel rooms, but soon they began to build offices and studios. With the arrival of the music industry in town, Nashville soon became Music City. USA.