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Monday, January 14, 2008

Why I'm Walkin' - Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson at the Grand Ole Opry, appropriately enough, as the singer's career has been intertwined with that hall. Jackson was the first performer ever to join the Opry without first having a recording contract, back in 19 and 56, and the first performer ever to record live from that stage.

In early 2007, the 75-year-old Jackson filed a $20 million age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Ole Opry, claiming that the show's general manager had said, "he didn't want any gray hairs on stage" and that Jackson was "too old and too country," and had sidelined him in favor of younger acts.

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