One of the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Josh Turner, yielded some time on the famous stage to one of the oldest performers to ever debut on it. Turner introduced his 98-year-old grandmother-in-law Lois Cunningham to play the piano at a February 2016 performance. Cunningham delivered a flawless performance of the Christian hymn, "How Great Thou Art."
"That's my 98-year-old grandmama-in-law Lois Cunningham, ladies and gentlemen ... how about that?" Turner asked the audience when she finished the piece. The audience roared in applause as Cunningham blew kisses and thanked the audience. The audience rewarded the performance - that Cunningham performed from memory – with a standing ovation.
The Grand Ole Opry show long hosted the biggest names in country music, including Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Tammy Wynette in its 90-year history. The Opry radio show would have first broadcast when Cunningham was a child, making her a small minority of the show's audience to have lived during the show's entire run, changes in locations and transition from radio to television.
The Opry stage is an achievement for musicians of any age. How do you think this 98-year-old did in her debut?