RE: Minnie pearl's fried chicken
I just wonder if Cousin Minnie's places didn't have some financial backing from others associated with the Grand Ole Opry; e.g., Roy Acuff, WSM/National Life and Accident Insurance Co. Perhaps if some Nashville-area Roadfooders might shed some light on the who's who of country music and fried chicken--I believe other stars like Eddy Arnold and Tennessee Ernie Ford got into fast food for a spell during the period we're talking about.
"Cousin Minnie Pearl" was the stage name of Sarah Cannon, who in real life was a Nashville society woman, married to a quite wealthy man, so initially this was an investment for her, I'm sure. As an earlier post intimated, franchising attracted some fairly shady operators back then, and I am sure neither she nor her agents knew what sharks swam in that ocean, if you will. Mrs. Cannon died about 12 years ago, while still a member of the famed radio show. Actually, she only did a comedy routine during the Opry; she never sang as such.
Also, to the previous post, "The Egg and I" wound up becoming an early TV (and probably radio) soap opera--a bit of completely useless trivia for you.