OTD: Hank Snow debuts at Grand Ole Opry

On today’s date in 1950, Canadian country artist Hank Snow made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.

Snow was invited to the Grand Ole Opry by Ernest Tubb, a country music pioneer known as “The Texas Troubadour.”

According to Colin Escott’s 2006 book The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon, Snow was paid $75 a week for his appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.

“I said many prayers during the few weeks before my Opry debut that I would be a success,” recounts Snow. “God has a plan for all of us, even a little weakling from Nova Scotia, Canada.”

Snow performed at the Opry for 46 years, and while his first few appearances received a lukewarm response, he would become a staple of country music after recording his song, I’m Movin’ On, which became the top country song of 1950 and still holds the country music record for number of consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot.

Altogether, Snow sold more than 70 million records in a career that spanned more than half a century.

Snow (top left) was featured alongside Renée Martel (middle left); Shania Twain (bottom left); Tommy Hunter (bottom centre); and k.d. land (bottom right).

CANADIAN COUNTRY ARTISTS

In 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of Snow’s birth, Canada Post featured the famed Canadian country singer on a non-denominated (85 cents) Permanent stamp (Scott #2766) as part of its Canadian Country Artists series (SC #2766-70). Each of the series’ five stamps was also featured together on a souvenir sheet (SC #2675).

“Our selection for this stamp series reflects the remarkable variety within Canadian – and international – country music, crossing generations and musical approaches,” said Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post, in 2014.

The Canadian Country Artists stamps measure 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal) and are available in five separate booklets of 10, one featuring each artist. The five separate souvenir sheets measure 140 mm x 110 mm. The stamps were printed by Lowe Martin Group.

Snow died on Dec. 20, 1999, at his home in Madison, Tenn. He was 85 years old.

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