For me the Grammies lost all credibility when Melissa Ethridge lost "Best new Artist" to Milli Vanilli.
there's no need to memorize Dude, just print out the songs you like. Most of the stuff on here prints on one or two pages, so if fits easily into a binder. After you've played the songs about a billion times you'll have them cold.
Tenessee - RockyTop - "Rocky Top, you'll always be home sweet home to me. Good old Rocky Top. Rocky Top, Tenessee" I don't recall the original artist. Was it Ricky Skaggs? I don't think he's old enough, but he started when he was three so he got quite a head start.
I think it was the Osbourn brothers, they may not have been first but they had the biggest hit with it.
Bruce Springsteens Fender Esquire, The one he holds on the cover of "Born to Run".