Grand Ole Opry member
The 85-year-old Illinois native moved to the Washington, D.C., area after serving in the U.S. Army. He met local disc jockey and concert promoter Connie B. Gay and soon found work as a guitarist with
After launching his solo career as a singer, his Monument Records recording of "Gotta Travel On" reached No. 5 on Billboard's country chart and No. 4 on the pop chart. As an artist on the Decca, Epic and Mercury labels, he charted several other singles, including 1963's "I Wanna Go Home" (a
As a studio musician, he played on sessions with
In 1964, he teamed with businessman Clyde Reid and guitar builder J.W. Gower to design and manufacture the Grammer Guitar, an acoustic instrument line that included
Grammer became an Opry member in 1959 but stopped performing more than 20 years ago because of health issues. He and Ruth, his wife of 64 years, celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Opry member in Nashville in February 2009.