Roy had started his recording career in the 1930s as the vocalist and fiddler for the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, and although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades. In 1942, Acuff co-founded the first major Nashville-based country music publishing company—Acuff-Rose Music—which signed acts such as Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers.3
Allegedly, it was this version that most likely inspired Bruce Springsteen and Gary US Bonds to record their version in 1980. The group consisted of Roy Acuff on vocals, Lonnie Wilson on guitar, Brother Oswald Kirby on dobro, Jess Easterday on madolin, Velma Williams on bass, Tommy Magness on violin, and Francis “Sonny Day” Tamvourin on accordion. It was recorded at the CBS Studio (Radio Station KNX) in Hollywood, CA.
Jole Blon, Delta FlowerYou're my darling, you're my sunshineYou know I love you, adore youForever I love youAnd I promise I'll always be trueOh ho hoAh ha haIn the evening, in the shadowsI'll be waiting in LouisianaAnd when I hear your sweet voiceI'll rejoice, I'll be happyAnd saving my kisses for youJole Blon, Cajun AngelLet me tell you how I love youIn the springtime you promisedThat we would be marriedAnd I'm waiting, still waiting for youOh ho hoAh ha haWhen your hair turns to silverI'll still call you, Delta FlowerPretty Blon, I still love youI love you I promiseAnd I'm patiently waiting for youOh ho hoAh ha ha
After leaving the Opry, Acuff spent several years touring the Western United States, although demand for his appearances dwindled with the lack of national exposure and the rise of musicians such as Ernest Tubb and Eddy Arnold, who were more popular with younger audiences. In 1991, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts and given a lifetime achievement award by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the first Country music act to receive the esteemed honor.3
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