Alcyone Bate Beasley

Date: 1974 May 10
Length: 80 min.
Call Number: OH9

Biography

Early Grand Ole Opry performer. Born May 30, 1912. Died October 17, 1982. Career most active 1925-1950s. Daughter of pioneering Grand Ole Opry performer Dr. Humphrey Bate. She performed with her father’s band, the Possum Hunters, when they made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in 1925.

Interview Summary

1974 May 10
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Pioneer country performer Alcyone Bate Beasley describes her career starting in the late 1920s. Discussion includes memories of her father, Dr. Humphrey Bate, and performing with his country music band in 1925; memories as one of the earliest performers to appear on the Grand Ole Opry; experiences traveling as part of the first group from WSM to do road appearances; comments on the inauthentic hillbilly image; memories of her father’s band, the Possum Hunters; experiences traveling with the Camel Caravan in 1941; and comments on the early days of the Opry and some of its first performers, including DeFord Bailey.