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Gordon Terry (b. October 7, 1931 - d. April 9, 2006) was an adept bluegrass and country music fiddler and guitarist.

Biography

Terry was born in Decatur, Alabama and learned to play the fiddle at an early age. He made his very first performance on Grand Ole Opry at the age of nine. He attended fiddlers conventions and won first prize at the Alabama Fiddling Championship in 1946. In 1950, he joined Grand Ole Opry and within a year, he performed and recorded with Bill Monroe. Terry served in the army overseas in Korea. Later, after his discharge, he moved to California, and made his movie debut in "Hidden Guns" in 1956. Over the years he appeared in five movies. In 1957, he returned for a recording session with Bill Monroe. In the following decades, he recorded with artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Neil Young and many more. In November 1961, he recorded a square dance album with Flatt & Scruggs. Terry founded the amusement park Terrytown in Loretto, Tennessee in 1964, but sold it later on. He also founded ROPE Reunion Of Professional Entertainers, an association with an aim to build a retirement home for entertainers. In 1981 he was inducted into the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. In the 1980s, he had the Gordon Terry Parkway named after him. He died in 2006 in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He was posthumously inducted into The Southern Legends Entertainment & Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2006.

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