Saturday, January 24, 2015

Justin Tubb



It was on this date, January 24, 1998 that Grand Ole Opry member Justin Tubb passed away at the age of 62. Justin was the son of Grand Ole Opry legend Ernest Tubb. Not only a great singer but also an excellent songwriter who wrote not only "Lonesome 7-7203" but also "As Long As There's A Sunday." "Take A Letter Miss Gray", "Keeping Up With The Joneses" and "What's Wrong With The Way That We're Doing It Now?."

When Justin joined the Opry on September 10, 1955, he was the Opry's youngest member. He was a popular member who supported the show and enjoyed his Opry membership. In his final years, he usually performed on the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's 2nd show, mostly in the segment hosted by Hank Snow at 11:00.

After Ernest died in 1984, Justin took over as the host of the Midnight Jamboree and it was through his efforts that the show kept going following Ernest's death.

This video is taken from one of the Country Family Reunion shows and shows Justin performing his most popular song, "Lonesome 7-7203.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grand Ole Opry 1/23 &1/24

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the schedule for the two shows this weekend, the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. Overall, the shows look pretty solid.

Among the Opry members scheduled this weekend, Vince Gill, Connie Smith, Mike Snider and Riders In The Sky are set for both nights. This weekend will mark the Opry's 7th and 8th shows of the year and Vince will have appeared at 4 of them. A very nice way to start out the year. Joining these 3 on Friday night will be Opry members Bill Anderson, Jesse McReynolds and The Whites. As far as guest artists, we have a host of Opry regulars, along with one who used to be on the Opry quite often but not so much lately. The regulars include J.T. Hodges, Sarah Darling, Jimmy Wayne and The Henningsens, while the other artist is one of my personal favorites, T. Graham Brown.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry, in addition to those already listed, will include Opry members Montgomery Gentry, Bobby Osborne, Jeannie Seely and Stu Phillips. For both Montgomery Gentry and Stu, it will be their first appearances of the year, and for Stu it will be his first time back at the Opry since the birthday weekend in October. What is interesting is that Stu is listed as the only artist besides Connie Smith on the 3rd segment and I have to believe that someone else will be added. Guest artists on Saturday include Greg Bates and Katie Armiger.

Friday January 23
7:00: Connie Smith (host); J.T. Hodges; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Sarah Darling; T. Graham Brown
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds; Jimmy Wayne
8:45: Vince Gill (host); The Whites; The Henningsens

Saturday January 24
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Greg Bates; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Katie Arminger
Intermission
8:15: Connie Smith (host); Stu Phillips; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Montgomery Gentry

And now, here is the Grand Ole Opry posted line-up from 5 years ago, the weekend of January 22 & 23, 2010:

Friday January 22
7:00: John Conlee (host); Jeannie Seely; Riders In The Sky; Clay Walker
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Darryl Worley
8:00: Marty Stuart (host); Connie Smith; Point Of Grace
8:30: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Jim Ed Brown; Blake Shelton

Saturday January 23
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Lorrie Morgan
7:30: John Conlee (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Jack Greene; Chuck Wicks
8:00: Marty Stuart (host); Charlie Louvin; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Ronnie Milsap (host); The Whites; Mike Snider

And from 10 years ago this weekend, January 21 & 22, 2005:

Friday January 21
7:30: John Conlee (host); Connie Smith; Osborne Brothers; Amy Dalley
8:00: George Hamilton IV (host); The Whites; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Jan Howard; Mel McDaniel; Trent Wilmon
9:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Charlie Walker; T. Bubba Bechtol; Ralph Stanley
9:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jack Greene; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Jimmy Wayne

Saturday January 22
1st show
6:30: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Mel McDaniel; Ralph Stanley
7:00: Steve Wariner (host); Montgomery Gentry; Jeff Bates; Julie Roberts
8:00: Vince Gill (host); Billy Walker; T. Bubba Bechtol; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Connie Smith; Marty Stuart w/Marvis Staples

2nd show
9:30: John Conlee (host); The Whites; Osborne Brothers; Jeff Bates
10:00: Steve Wariner (host); George Hamilton IV; Jack Greene; Ralph Stanley
10:30: Vince Gill (host); Connie Smith; Marty Stuart w/Marvis Staples; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Stu Phillips; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Julie Roberts
11:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Stonewall Jackson; Billy Walker; T. Bubba Bechtol

For this week's featured line-up, it was on Saturday January 25, 1992 that Emmylou Harris became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Emmylou was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. During the 1960s, she began following the folk movement, artists such as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. She moved to Greenwich Village in 1967 and released her first record in 1969. She spent time touring and recording with Gram Parsons, who passed away in 1973. In 1975, she recorded her first major album, "Pieces of the Sky." Her Hot Band included James Burton, Albert Lee, Rodney Crowell and Ricky Skaggs. Over her career, she would have 10 gold albums and has won 12 Grammy Awards. In 2008 she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Emmylou has always worked to preserve the history of country music and it was through her efforts that many of today's fans became familiar with the Louvin Brothers and their music. "If I Could Only Win Your Love", the great Louvin Brothers classic was one of her 27 Top 10 songs.

The night she joined the Opry, Emmylou said, "Music is like food, sustenance. You certainly don't do it for the spotlight. You do it for the amazing exhilaration of singing, the feeling of the music going through you." Emmylou is one of those artists who when they joined the Opry, I thought she "got it" and would be there much more often then she appears. I have seen her at the Opry several times and she always seems to have fun and enjoys herself. She is always well received by the audience. Living in Nashville and with her love of traditional country music, it would be nice if she would appear at the Opry more then just 2 or 3 times a year.

Here is the running order of the Grand Ole Opry from Saturday January 25, 1992, the night Emmylou Harris became the Opry's newest member:

1st show
6:30: Opry Tours
Boxcar Willie (host): Fireball Mail/Train of Love/Hand Me Down My Walking Cane/Wreck of the Old 97/I'm Movin' On/Gotta Travel On/Night Train to Memphis
Jeanne Pruett: Temporarily Yours
Boxcar Willie: Cowboys and Horses; Hobos and Trains

6:45: Country Music Hall of Fame
Grandpa Jones (host): Apple Jack
4 Guys: Tennessee
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): You Gotta Have a License
John Conlee: I Don't Remember Loving You
Osborne Brothers: Nearer My God to Thee
Lorrie Morgan: Except for Monday/Autumn's Not That Cold
Porter Wagoner: Walk Up, Jacob

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Vince Gill: Take You Memory With You When You Go/When I Call Your Name/Drifting Too Far From the Shore
Emmylou Harris: Walls of Time/Blue Kentucky Girl

8:00: Martha White
Bill Monroe (host): Nine Pound Hammer
Jimmy Dickens: John Henry
The Whites: Doing It By the Book
Del Reeves: There She Goes
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Bill Cheatham
Bill Monroe & Tom Ewing: Body and Soul

8:30: Opryland
Bill Anderson (host): Don't She Look Good
Jim Ed Brown: The Three Bells
Jimmy C Newman: Mottland
Riders In The Sky: Blue Shadows on the Trail
Jean Shepard: Let's All Go Down to the River/I Saw the Light/Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I'll Fly Away/Somebody Touched Me
Bill Anderson: Still

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Billy Walker: Funny How Time Slips Away
John Conlee: Friday Night Blues
Emmylou Harris: Guitar Town
Emmylou Harris & Vince Gill: If You Needed Me
Porter Wagoner: Misery Loves Company
Wagonmasters: (?)

10:00: Little Debbie
Grandpa Jones (host): Ol' Rattler
Charlie Louvin: The Precious Jewel
Wilma Lee Cooper: I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
Grandpa & Mark Jones: Arkansas Traveler

10:15: Tennessee Pride/Sunbeam
Roy Acuff (host): Once More
Ray Pillow: Please Don't Leave Me Anymore
George Hamilton IV: I'm Using My Bible For a Roadmap/Cabin in Gloryland
Dan Kelly: Sally Goodin

10:30: Pet Milk
Bill Monroe (host): True Life Blues
Roy Drusky: Too Old to Die Young
Boxcar Willie: Hobo Heaven
Bill Monroe: I'm Working on a Building

10:45: B.C. Powder
Jimmy Dickens (host): Take An Old Cold Tater
Vince Gill & Patty Loveless: When I Call Your Name
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Lafayette
Jimmy Dickens: Life Turned Her That Way

11:00: Coca-Cola
Bill Anderson (host): You Can Have Her
Osborne Brothers: Low and Lonely
Jeannie Seely: Go Down Swinging
Stonewall Jackson: Side-Steppin' the Blues
Jean Shepard: Slippin' Away
Bill Carlisle: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
Bill Anderson: Still

11:30: Creamettes
Charlie Walker (host): Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Riders In The Sky: How Does He Yodel
The Whites: Swing Down Chariot
Johnny Russell: No One Will Ever Know
Charlie Walker: Take Me Back to Tulsa

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!




Monday, January 19, 2015

Final Grand Ole Opry Performance for Jimmy Dickens


The Grand Ole Opry has posted the video of the final Opry performance of Jimmy Dickens. This took place on December 20, 2014, the day after his 94th birthday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Grand Ole Opry 1/16 & 1/17

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the two shows this weekend, the Friday Night Opry and Saturday's Grand Ole Opry. 2 very nice shows this weekend with some good artists scheduled.

Saturday looks like the better of the two nights this weekend with Opry members and Hall of Famers Vince Gill and Ronnie Milsap on the schedule. After not appearing on the Opry at all last year, it is nice to see Ronnie on the schedule. Let's hope he makes it as the last several times he was scheduled, he did cancel. Joining them, and hosting a segment, will be Craig Morgan. Craig hosted on my last visit to the Opry in December and I thought he did a very nice job. He reminded me of Larry Gatlin, with his energy and the humor he had when introducing his guests. Joining those three will be veteran Opry members Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely and Jesse McReynolds. Guest artists include "Nashville" star Charles Esten, along with the ever popular Mandy Barnett and the bluegrass due Dailey & Vincent, whom I believe would make great Opry members.

The Friday Night Opry also has a good line-up with the newest Opry members Little Big Town scheduled. Joining them will be guest artists Darryl Worley, Restless Heart and Chris Young, who last appeared at the memorial service for Jimmy Dickens. Opry members Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Bill Anderson and Riders In The Sky will be hosting segments.

What is nice as far as I am concerned this weekend is the variety in both shows. In fact, only Mike Snider and Riders In The Sky are scheduled both nights. And you have a good mix with the newest Opry member, Little Big Town, along with 50+ year Opry members Bill Anderson, Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds. There is more modern country with Craig Morgan and Chris Young and classic country with Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely and Jan Howard. Bluegrass is well represented with Ricky Skaggs and Dailey & Vincent, there is comedy with Mike Snider, western music with Riders In The Sky and Hall of Fame members in Vince Gill and Ronnie Milsap. In other words, a good weekend for the Opry.

Friday January 16
7:00: Connie Smith (host); Darryl Worley; Mike Snider
7:30: Ricky Skaggs (host); The Whites; Restless Heart
Intermission
8:15: Bill Anderson (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Chris Young
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Little Big Town

Saturday January 17
7:00: John Conlee (host); Mandy Barnett; Mike Snider
7:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Jeannie Seely; Jesse McReynolds; Charles Esten
Intermission
8:15: Craig Morgan (host); Jan Howard; Dailey & Vincent; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Ronnie Milsap

For those interested, there was a Ryman concert this past week with Greg Allman. Among those in attendance were Jean Shepard and Jim Ed Brown, both of whom were pictured backstage with Greg. Jean looked a little frail in the photo while Jim Ed look surprisingly good. Nice to see Jim Ed getting out and about.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago this weekend, January 15 & 16, 2010:

Friday January 15
7:00: Riders In The Sky (host); The Whites; George Hamilton IV; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Stonewall Jackson; Joe Diffie
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Daryle Singletary
8:30: Emmylou Harris (host); Jack Greene; Randy Kohrs

Saturday January 16
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; Del McCoury Band
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Dierks Bentley
8:00: Vince Gill (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Emmylou Harris; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Carrie Underwood

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jeannie Seely; Del McCoury Band
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jan Howard; Dierks Bentley
10:30: Vince Gill (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Emmylou Harris; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Carrie Underwood

2 very nice nights at the Opry that weekend and can you believe that Saturday night featured all Opry members!!

And from 10 years ago this weekend, January 14 & 15, 2005:

Friday January 14
7:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Connie Smith; Jack Greene; Jim Ed Brown
8:00: Emmylou Harris (host); Gillian Welch & David Rawlings; Patty Griffin; Buddy Miller
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel; Osborne Brothers; Lorrie Morgan
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jan Howard; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Marty Stuart
9:30: John Conlee (host); George Hamilton IV; The Whites; Mike Snider

Saturday January 15
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jeannie Seely; Jimmy C Newman; Connie Smith
7:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Terri Clark; Blaine Larsen; Jim Ed Brown; Rhonda Vincent
8:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Marty Stuart; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Emmylou Harris (host); Gillian Welch & David Rawlings; Patty Griffin; Buddy Miller

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel; Osborne Brothers; Terri Clark
10:00: Lorrie Morgan (host); Billy Walker; Jimmy C Newman; Rhonda Vincent
10:30: Bill Anderson (host); Connie Smith; Marty Stuart; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Emmylou Harris (host); Gillian Welch & David Rawlings; Patty Griffin; Buddy Miller
11:30: Mike Snider (host); George Hamilton IV; Jack Greene; Blaine Larsen

For this week's featured line-up, I go back 15 years ago to Saturday January 15, 2000 as it was on this particular night that Ralph Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. What was interesting was that Ralph was invited the night before to join the cast and the induction was done the following night with Patty Loveless doing the honors. This particular night also featured a rare Opry appearance by Opry member Reba McEntire. No only were these Reba's only Opry appearances for this year, but they would be her last Opry appearances until 2008. Also featured on this particular night were Opry members Trisha Yearwood and Joe Diffie, along with Loretta Lynn who was not even featured on the televised portion. But Loretta was on the Opry the following week and was on the televised portion then. Finally, Bill Walker was recognized for 40 years as an Opry member.

Saturday January 15, 2000:
1st show
6:30: Opryland Hotel/Banquet
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
The Whites: If It Ain't Love
Jack Greene: Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me
Bill Carlisle: Elvira
Ricochet: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

7:00: Shoney's/Standard Candy
Johnny Russell (host): Wabash Cannonball
Joe Diffie: A Night to Remember/Behind Closed Doors
Ralph Stanley: A Man of Constant Sorrow/Little Maggie
Ralph Stanley and Patty Loveless: Pretty Polly
Trisha Yearwood: She's In Love With the Boys/Real Live Woman
Billy Walker: I Love You Because
Reba McEntire: I'd Rather Ride Around With You/What Do You Say/Is There Life Out There

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Southern Fried
Skeeter Davis: The End of the World
Osborne Brothers: Some Things We Want to Sing About
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Sally Goodin
Bill Anderson: Still

8:30: Physicians Mutual
Jimmy Dickens (host): Take An Old Cold Tater
Jeanne Pruett: Temporarily Yours
John Hartford Band: Gentle On My Mind
Loretta Lynn: You're Looking at Country/Coal Miner's Daughter
Jimmy Dickens: I'm Just Blue Enough to Do Most Anything

2nd show
9:30: Ryman Auditorium
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
The Whites: Making Believe
Del Reeves: There She Goes
Loretta Lynn: Out of My Head and Back in My Bed/Your Squaw Is on the Warpath/Coal Miner's Daughter
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home/She Burned the Little Roadside Tavern Down

10:00: Lincoln Mercury
Jeannie Seely (host): Sentimental Journey
Ralph Stanley: Think of What You've Done
Ralph Stanley and Patty Loveless: Pretty Polly
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me

10:15: Fluffo
Jimmy Dickens (host): Out Behind the Barn
Reba McEntire: It's the Fear of Being Alone/What Do You Say/An Honest Heart
Jimmy Dickens: What Will I Do Then

10:30: Ryman Auditorium
Jimmy C Newman: Allons A' Lafayette
Trisha Yearwood: She's An All American Girl/Walk Away Joe/Living on the Wrong Side of Memphis

10:45: Joggin' In A Jug
Jim Ed Brown (host): Southern Loving
Jan Howard: He's All I Got
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Bill Cheatham
Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius: You Don't Bring Me Flowers

11:00: Coca-Cola
Bill Anderson (host): No Fair Falling In Love
Osborne Brothers: Kentucky
Joe Diffie: I Ain't the Quittin' Kind/Ships That Don't Come In
Bill Anderson: Golden Guitar

11:30: Ryman Video
Charlie Walker (host): Who Will Buy the Wine
John Hartford Band: Love Grown Cold
Ray Pillow: Baby, That's Cold
Mike Snider: Battle Cry of Freedom/Get You Hand Off Me Knee and Load the Cannon
George Hamilton IV: I'm Using My Bible for A Roadmap/Cabin in Gloryland
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!







Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grand Ole Opry 1/9 & 1/10

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the two Opry shows this week; the Friday Night Opry along with Saturday's Grand Ole Opry, with both shows at the Ryman Auditorium.

Friday looks like the better of the two nights this weekend and it is nice to see Hal Ketchum back on the Opry schedule. Hal made a couple of Opry appearances over the past several years after being gone from the Opry since 2010 as he has battled some health issues. I know when he made his appearances in 2014 he sounded good. Also joining Hal will be Opry members Del McCoury Band and Vince Gill. I am sure Vince will do some type of tribute to Jimmy Dickens. It is also nice to see a couple of the Opry's veterans, jean Shepard and Jesse McReynolds on the line-up. Guest artists include The Swon Brothers, Kristian Bush, the ever popular Willis Clan, along with Pure Prairie League, who is also scheduled for Saturday night. Considering that Vince is hosting the segment on Friday that they are guesting on, I wouldn't be surprised if Vince, an ex-member, joined them.

Saturday's Grand Ole Opry will feature, along with Pure Prairie League, guest artists Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Brandon Heath and Deana Carter. Deana has made a number of Opry guest appearances over the past couple of years and has been impressive. Also scheduled, and making her Opry debut, is Mickey Guyton. She is another of the new female artists that has been receiving some notice lately.

As far as Opry hosts this weekend, Jeannie Seely, The Whites and John Conlee are hosting on both nights, along with Vince on Friday and Mike Snider on Saturday.

Friday January 9
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); The Swon Brothers; Mike Snider
7:30: The Whites (host); Hal Ketchum; Del McCoury Band
Intermission
8:15: John Conlee (host); Jean Shepard; Jesse McReynolds; The Willis Clan
8:45: Vince Gill (host); Kristian Bush; Pure Prairie League

Saturday January 10
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Chris Janson
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Brandon Heath; Deana Carter
Intermission
8:15: The Whites (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mark Wills; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: John Conlee (host); Mickey Guyton; Pure Prairie League

Interesting that they have left an empty spot where Jimmy Dickens is traditionally scheduled. I don't know if they have something planned or if someone else, perhaps a surprise guest, will be added.

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from 5 years ago this weekend, January 8 & 9, 2010:

Friday January 8
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Jason Michael Carroll
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Greg Biffle; George Hamilton IV; Jean Shepard; Danny Gokey
8:00: John Conlee (host); Jamie McMurray; Jack Greene; Jim Ed Brown; Chris Young
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Miss Sprint Cup; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Kyle Petty

2nd show
9:30: Mike Snider (host); Jim Ed Brown; Danny Gokey
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jeannie Seely; Holly Williams; Kyle Petty
10:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Michael Watrip; Hank Williams, Jr.
11:00: Vince Gill (host); Riders In The Sky; Chris Young

Saturday January 9
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Connie Smith; The Whites
7:30: John Conlee (host); Jean Shepard; Jesse McReynolds; Chris Young
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; The Grascals; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jeannie Seely; Rodney Crowell

As you can tell by the number of NASCAR drivers that were featured on the Friday shows, it was the annual fan fest for NASCAR that was taking place in Nashville that weekend. You can also tell by looking at the 2 Friday night line-ups that the 2nd show was the better of the two that night.

And from 10 years ago, the weekend of January 7 & 8, 2005:

Friday January 7
7:30: John Conlee (host); Connie Smith; Pinmonkey
8:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Osborne Brothers
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Brad Cotter
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Riders In The Sky; Buddy Jewell
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); George Hamilton IV; Jack Greene; Craig Morgan

Saturday January 8
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Chely Wright
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jim Ed Brown; BR549
7:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Billy Walker; Jimmy C Newman; Connie Smith
8:00: John Conlee (host); Jan Howard; Rhonda Vincent; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Riders In The Sky; Martina McBride

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); The Whites; Martina McBride
10:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jimmy C Newman; Charlie Louvin; Chely Wright
10:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Billy Walker; Connie Smith; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: John Conlee (host); George Hamilton IV; Jack Greene; Rhonda Vincent
11:30: Riders In The Sky (host); Ray Pillow; Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; BR549

Finally, from 20 years ago, Saturday January 7, 1995. This was the night of Hank Snow's 45th anniversary as an Opry member. You may remember that Hank joined the Opry on January 7, 1950.

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Bill Monroe (host): Life's Highway
Wilma Lee Cooper: Loving You
Bill Monroe: Wheel Hoss/Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord

6:45: Hall of Fame
Grandpa Jones (host): Ol' Rattler
Charlie Louvin: Let Her Go; God Bless Her
Grandpa Jones: Gone Home

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Dooley
Bill Carlisle: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
Jan Howard: Under Your Spell Again
Jimmy Dickens: Me and My Big Loud Mouth/Another Bridge to Burn
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home

7:30: Standard Candy
Ricky Skaggs (host): Highway 40 Blues
John Conlee: Let the Good Times Roll
Crossmen Quarter: I'm Gonna Take A Trip
The Isaacs: It's Just Like Him/Look Over the Beautiful Fields
Ricky Skaggs: You're Running Wild

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Southern Fried
Jack Greene: Every Since My Baby Went Away
Jolly Green Giants: Happy Birthday Jack
Jack Greene: Statue of A Fool
The Whites: There's A Higher Power
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Snow Flake Reel
Bill Anderson: Still

8:30: Kraft
Hank Snow (host): Conscience, I'm Guilty
Jim Ed Brown: Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I Saw the Light/I'll Fly Away/Gone at Last
Jeannie Seely: Happy Anniversary to Hank/Don't Touch Me
Mike Snider: Black Jack/The Fur Coat
Hank Snow: Brand On My Heart

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Freight Train Boogie
Jim & Jesse: Headin' West
Oswald: I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
Stu Phillips: Crystal Chandeliers
Ricky Skaggs: Uncle Pen
Porter Wagoner & Colene Walters: The Last Thing On My Mind
Coleen Walters: Alone With You
Porter Wagoner: Big Wind

10:00: Goody's
Bill Monroe (host): Blue Moon of Kentucky
Roy Drusky: Family Bible
Bill Monroe: Foggy Mountain Breakdown/Sweet Blue Eyed Darling/The Gold Rush

10:15: Tennessee Pride/Sunbeam
Grandpa Jones (host): Banjo Sam
The Isaacs: Peace Like A River
George McCormick: Satisfied

10:30: Gruhn Guitar
Jimmy Dickens (host): Sleepin' At the Foot of the Bed
Mike Snider: Soldier's Joy/Angeline the Baker/Old Molly Hare/Battle Cry of Freedom/Get Your Hand Off My Knee and Lord the Cannon
Jimmy Dickens: Out Behind the Barn

10:45: Fairfield Communities
Bill Anderson (host): I Get the Fever
Jack Greene: Forever, My Darling
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Golden Slippers
Bill Anderson: A World of Make Believe

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): The Prisoner's Song
Charlie Walker: Does Ft. Worth Every Cross Your Mind
Stonewall Jackson: Muddy Water
Jeannie Seely: Go Down Swinging/When He Leaves You
Hank Snow: I Almost Lost My Mind

11:30: Cates Pickles
Billy Walker (host): Come A Little Bit Closer
John Conlee: Lady Lay Down/I'm Only In It For the Love
Johnny Russell: Ain't You Even Gonna Cry
Billy Walker: Adam's Side

And finally, for this week's featured line-up, I have two to share. The first one is from Saturday January 11, 1969 as this was the night that George Jones rejoined the Opry. I have said before that George Jones and his history at the Opry has been most interesting. George originally joined the Opry on August 11, 1956. He stayed around for a few years and left. Then he rejoined in 1969, stayed a few years and left again. He rejoined for a third time in 1973, and this time it stuck and he stayed until he passed away last year. Not that all of this mattered very much as George was rarely at the Opry. In an interesting side note, Mel Tillis was introduced as a member of the Opry the same night. Yet, as we know from the Opry's history, when Mel was inducted as a member of the Opry in 2007, it was never acknowledged that Mel had ever actually joined the show. Mel was around long enough to make an edition of the Opry's Picture History Book. The thinking is that he was announced as a new member, and decided pretty much after the fact that he really didn't want to commit to the Opry. By 2007, and with the help of his daughter Pam, Mel was ready to get back on board.

Here is the Opry running order from Saturday January 11, 1969, when George Jones rejoined the Opry for the 2nd time and Mel Tillis was introduced as an Opry member the first time:

7:30: Standard Candy
Tex Ritter (host): Take Him Fishing
Billy Grammer: Mabel
George Morgan: Little Green Apples
Osborne Brothers: Kentucky
Margie Bowes: I Still Miss Someone
Ernie Ashworth: Talk Back Trembling Lips
4 Guys: Turn Around; Look at Me
Tex Ritter: A Funny Thing Happened to me on the Way to Miami

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): w/Paul Warren: Black Eyed Susie
George Jones & Brenda Carter: Milwaukee, Here I Come
Wilburn Brothers: We Need Lot More Happiness
Loretta Lynn: Fist City
Crook Brothers: Mississippi Sawyer
Cousin Jody: On Top of Old Smokey
George Jones: I'll Be Over You (When the Grass Grows Over Me)
Flatt & Scruggs: I Be Your Baby Tonight

8:30: Stephens
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball
Bill Monroe: Virginia Darling
Dottie West: Reno
Bob Luman: Guitar Man
Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann: Warm and Tender Love
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Poor Ellen Smith
Roy Acuff: You Win Again

9:00: Luzianne
Porter Wagoner (host): Carroll County Accident
Mel Tillis: I Wish I Felt This Way At Home
Jim & Jesse: When the Snow Is On the Roses
Dolly Parton: In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
Justin Tubb: I'm Going Back to Louisiana
Stringbean: Gonna Make Myself A Name
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hickory Leaf
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton: Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host): Golden Rocket
Glaser Brothers: One of These Days
Bobby Lord: Yesterday's Letters
Willis Brothers: Big Daddy
Marion Worth: Sleeping At the Foot of the Bed
Lonzo & Oscar: There's A Hole In The Bottom of the Sea
Stu Phillips: Little Old Wine Drinker Me
Hank Snow: Let Me Go Lover

10:00: Fender
Tex Ritter (host): A Funny Thing Happened To Me on the Way to Miami
Wilburn Brothers: Hurt Her Once For Me
George Morgan: Wichita Lineman
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Margie Bowes: All the World Is Lonely Now
Ernie Ashworth: Sad Face

10:15: Pure
Flatt & Scruggs (host): Folsom Prison Blues
George Jones & Brenda Carter: Milwaukee, Here I Come
Loretta Lynn: Woman of the World
Billy Grammer: Gotta Travel On
Cousin Jody: Mockingbird

10:30: Buckley's
Porter Wagoner (host): Howdy, Neighbor Howdy
Mel Tillis: Who's Julie

10:45: Kent
Roy Acuff (host): Low and Lonely
Bill Monroe: The Gold Rush
Dolly Parton: Just Because I'm A Woman
Joe Greene: Katy Hill
Bob Luman: Memphis
Dottie West: Here Comes My Baby
Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann: The Dark End of the Street
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: The Birds are Back
Crook Brothers: Arkansas Traveler
Roy Acuff: The Great Speckled Bird

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): I've Been Everywhere
Marion Worth: Faded Love
Stringbean: Banjo Convention
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Fire on the Mountain
Hank Snow: Old Doc Brown
Sam McGee: Wheels
Chubby Wise: Lee Highway Blues

11:30: Lava
Glaser Brothers (host): Release Me/Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away/Many Tears Ago/You Win Again/There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
Jim & Jesse: Yonder Comes the Freight Train
Lonzo & Oscar: Love Took My Heart and Smashed That Sucker Flat
Glaser Brothers: The Last Thing on My Mind

As with many shows of that era, I don't think there were many complaints.

The final featured line-up is from Saturday January 9, 1999 as this was the night of Boxcar Willie's final Grand Ole Opry appearances. Boxcar had joined the Opry in 1981 and for the most part, was a pretty loyal member. He balanced his Opry appearances while at the same time performing at his theater in Branson, where he was one of the first country music stars to establish roots there. In 1996 he became ill with leukemia, and as  a result of the illness and treatments, his personal appearances, along with those at the Opry, dropped off. In fact, the shows that Boxcar did on this particular weekend were the only shows he did in 1999, and he passed away in April in Branson.

Here is the running order for the final Boxcar Willie shows at the Opry, Saturday January 9, 1999:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Jimmy C Newman (host): Lafayette
Skeeter Davis: I Go to the Rock
Jimmy C Newman: Bajou Blues/Cajun Stripper

6:45: Opry Book
Ricky Skaggs (host): A Pig in A Pen
Bill Carlisle: No Help Wanted
Ricky Skaggs: Boston Boy

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Roy Drusky: Too Old to Die Young
Jan Howard: The Unclouded Day
John Conlee: Rose Colored Glasses
Jim Ed Brown: Distant Drums
Porter Wagoner: One Way Ticket to the Blues/Ol' Slewfoot

7:30: Standard Candy
Lorrie Morgan (host): I'm Looking For Something In Red
Oswald: Euneta
Boxcar Willie: Wabash Cannonball/The Great Speckled Bird
Billy Ray Cyrus: A Busy Man/Shot Full of Love
Lorrie Morgan & Jim Ed Brown: Near You

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Son of the South
Holly Dunn: Daddy's Hands
Riders In The Sky: Cowboy Camp Meeting
Daryle Singletary: You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet
Opry Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Cherokee Shuffle
Bill Anderson: Still

8:30: Physicians Mutual
Jimmy Dickens (host): Take An Old Cold Tater
Jim & Jesse: You Are the One
Stonewall Jackson: Waterloo
Jeanne Pruett: Satin Sheets
Mike Snider: Short Little Lulu/Clinch Mountain Backstep/Mississippi Sawyer
Jimmy Dickens: I Leaned Over Backwards for You

2nd show
9:30: Opry Book
Porter Wagoner (host): Tennessee Border
Charlie Louvin: See the Big Man Cry
Boxcar Willie: Wabash Cannonball
Billy Ray Cyrus: A Busy Man/Shot Full of Love/Achy Breaky Heart

10:00: Lincoln Mercury
Jack Greene (host): Highway to the Sky
Holly Dunn: We've Got the Love
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything/He Is My Everything

10:15: Opry Book
Jimmy Dickens (host): Family Reunion
Daryle Singletary: Forever and Always/Yesterday's Wine
Jimmy Dickens: I'd Rather Sleep In Peace Then Know You're Gone

10:30: Epiphone
Ricky Skaggs (host): How Mountain Girls Can Love
The Whites: Hangin' Around
Ricky Skaggs: I'm Bound to Ride

10:45: Jogging In A Jug
Mike Snider (host): Bell Cove Breakdown
John Conlee: The Backside of Thirty
Orpy Square Dance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers: Durang's Hornpipe
Mike Snider: Snuff Dipper

11:00: Coca-Cola
Bill Anderson (host): Get A Little Dirt On Your Hands
Jan Howard: Too Many Teardrops Too Late
Billy Walker: I Spend A Lot of Lonely Nights These Days
Vince Gill: Don't Come Cryin' To Me/Which Bridge to Cross; Which Bridge to Burn
Bill Anderson: Before

11:30: Opry Tickets
Johnny Russell (host): Good Hearted Woman
Del Reeves: A Lover's Question
George Hamilton IV: Abilene
Riders In The Sky: Jingle; Jangle; Jingle
Jim & Jesse: Gosh, I Miss You All the Time
Charlie Walker: Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Johnny Russell: Red Necks; White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer

Some very nice Opry shows on this list and what memories when you look back.

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!!













Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Remembering Jimmy Dickens

A great Opry friend of mine, and a frequent reader of the blog, asked if I would post a few line-ups that highlighted Jimmy Dickens. He specifically asked for a couple, so here you go.

As everyone knows, while Jimmy Dickens joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, he left the show in 1957. He returned to the Opry as a member on February 8, 1975. On that night, Hank Snow introduced him by saying, "Jimmy is one of the greatest showmen of all time. It's like replacing the most important spoke in a wheel to have him back on the Opry. We need more Jimmy Dickenses." That first night back, Jimmy sang, "Family Reunion." Jimmy told a reporter later, "I thought that it was appropriate. It's hard to put in words and how how you feel about being back in the family. It's been so long."

Here is the running order of the Grand Ole Opry, Saturday February 8, 1975, the night Jimmy Dickens rejoined the Opry:

1st show
6:00: Vietti
David Houston (host): She's All Woman/Baby;Baby/Living In A House Full of Love
Charlie Louvin: (?)
Ernie Ashworth: The High Cost of Living
David Houston: Nashville
Charlie Louvin: When You Have to Fly Alone
Ernie Ashworth: Love-I Finally Found It
Kenny Penny: Devil's Dream
David Houston: Almost Persuaded

6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Billy Walker (host): Smokey Places
Justin Tubb: Ramblin' Man
Jim & Jesse: Please Be My Love
Billy Walker: You Gave Me a Mountain

6:45: Rudy's
Jim Ed Brown (host): Don't Let Go
Billy Grammer: Wabash Cannonball/God Will Take Care of You
Jim Ed Brown: Pop A Top

7:00: Rudy's
Bill Monroe (host): I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
Loretta Lynn: The Pill
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
Jimmy C Newman: Big Mamou
Bill Monroe: Blue Moon of Kentucky
Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Did You Think to Pray
Bill Monroe: Bluegrass Breakdown

7:30: Standard Candy
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Marion Worth: Sleeping At the Foot of the Bed
Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top
Barbara Lea: Ain't Love Grand
Crook Brothers/ Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Black Mountain Rag
Porter Wagoner: Green, Green Grass of Home/Cold Hard Facts of Life/The Carroll County Accident

8:00: Martha White
Lester Flatt (host): Wonder If You're Lonesome Too
Grandpa Jones: Ol' Rattler's Pup
Willis Brothers: Wild Side of Life
Stu Phillips: Loving You; Still Loving You
Lester Flatt: Great Big Woman and A Little Biddy Bottle of Wine
Grandpa & Ramona Jones: Fallen Leaves
Willis Brothers: Big Daddy
Lester Flatt: Foggy Mountain Breakdown

8:30: Stephens
Hank Snow (host): I'm Moving On
Jeanne Pruett: Just Like Your Daddy
Jimmy Dickens: Family Reunion
Bill Carlisle: Shanghai Rooster
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Nubbing Ridge
Jeanne Pruett: Hold to My Unchanging Love/Love Me/You Don't Need to Move A Mountain/Satin Sheets
Hank Snow: Indian Love Call

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
David Houston (host): Jambalaya
Willis Brothers: Give Me 40 Acres
Billy Walker: Cross the Brazos at Waco
Charlie Louvin: Mary of the Wild Moor
David Houston: Good Things
Ernie Ashworth: The High Cost of Living
David Houston: Almost Persuaded

10:00: Fender
Bill Monroe (host): Never Again Will I Knock on Your Door
Jimmy C Newman: Potato Song
Jim & Jesse: Paradise
Bill Monroe: Mule Skinner Blues

10:15: Union 76
Porter Wagoner (host): On A Highway Headed South
Loretta Lynn: The Pill
Billy Grammer: What A Friend
Porter Wagoner: Carolina Moonshiner
Mac McGaha: Orange Blossom Special

10:30: Trailblazer
Lester Flatt (host): Little Maggie
Grandpa & Ramona Jones: Arkansas Traveler
Justin Tubb: Loving Arms
Lester Flatt: Let the Church Roll On

10:45: Beech-Nut
Jim Ed Brown (host): The Three Bells
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Thank God I Am Free
Crook Brothers/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Ida Red
Jim Ed Brown: Southern Loving

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): You're Easy to Love
Jeanne Pruett: Just Like Your Daddy
Osborne Brothers: Ruby
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Cheatham
Jeanne Pruett: Welcome to the Sunshine
Sam McGee: Victor Rag
Hank Snow: My Mother

11:30: Elm Hill
Stu Phillips (host): Loving You; Still Loving You
Jimmy Dickens: I'm Little But I'm Loud/I Love Lucy Brown
Marion Worth: Delta Dawn
Bill Calisle: Have A Drink on Me
Ronnie Robbins: Mama Tried/If You Love Me, Let Me Know
Stu Phillips: No One Knows

While we know that Jimmy Dickens came to the Opry in 1948, the exact date has changed several times over the years, the majority of the time it is listed as August. In going through my Opry progams, I have several from 1948 with the first one listing Jimmy dated October 9, 1948. Here is the Opry line-up from that early Jimmy Dickens appearance.

7:30: American Ace Coffee
Roy Acuff (host): Its So Hard to Smile
Tommy Magness: Blackberry Blossom
Dot and Smokey: To Be Announced
Jimmy Riddle: Listen to the Mocking Bird
Roy Acuff: Waltz of the Wind
Uncle Dave Macon: Only Been Down to the Club
Jug Band: Call Old Rattler
Roy Acuff: Take My Hand Precious Lord
Sonny: Red River Valley
Dot and Smokey: To Be Announced
Oswald: Coming From the Ball
Roy Acuff: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

8:00: Purina Show
Ernest Tubb (host): Long Gone Daddy
Bill Monroe: The Girl With the Blue Velvet Band
Mel and Stan: I've Lost All
Jimmy Dickens: John Henry
Crook Brothers: Billy in the Low Ground
Ernest Tubb: Seaman's Blues
Blue Grass Quartet: He'll Set Your Fields on Fire
Velma: Mother's Old Sunbonnet
Butterball: There'll Be No Tears Tonight
Ernest Tubb: Darling What More Can I Do
Hal Smith: Tennessee Wagoner

8:30: Warren Paint
Cowboy Copas (host): Believe It Or Not
Lew Childre: Dis Train
Robert Lunn: To Be Announced
Uncle Dave Macon: Hesitation Blues
Possum Hunters: Old Joe
Cowboy Copas: The Hope of a Broken Heart
String Beans: Crazy War
Okey Dokies: To Be Announced
Rusty and Dusty: The Farmer's Daughter
Cowboy Copas: Kentucky Waltz
Red Herron: To Be Announced

9:00: Roy Acuff (host): Little Moses
Jimmy Riddle: You Call Everybody Darlin'
George Morgan: Please Don't Let Me Love You
Lonzo and Oscar: I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Old Joe Clark
Pap and Jug Band: Roly Poly
Lazy Jim Day: Singing the News
Roy Acuff: This World Can't Stand Long
Oswald: Nobody's Business
Tommy Magness: Grey Eagle

9:30: Prince Albert
Red Foley (host): Tennessee Saturday Night
Red Foley: I Just Can't Keep from Crying
Red Foley: No One Will Ever Know
Bradley Kincaid: Blue Tail Fly
Old Hickory Quartet: Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
Wally Fowler: I Got Faith
Floyd Ethridge: Mississippi Sawyer
Floyd Ethridge: Leather Britches

10:00: Walrite
To Be Announced
To Be Announded
Bradley Kincaid: The Miner's Song
To Be Announced
To Be Announced

10:15: Gaylark
Roy Acuff (host): The Heart That Was Broken for Me
Oswald: Roll On Buddy, Roll On
Uncle Dave Macon: Rock of Ages
Roy Acuff: Poem
Gang: Precious Memories
Tommy: Bully of the Town

10:30: Fletcher-Wilson
Cowboy Copas (host): Too Many Tear Drops
Lazy Jim Day: Singing the News
Lew and String Beans: Working on a Building
Cowboy Copas: Tragic Romance
Okey Dokies: To Be Announced
Red Herron: To Be Announced

10:45: Royal Flour
Milton Estes (host): Life Gets Tedious
Mel and Stan: God's River of Blessing
Jimmy Selph: I Got a Hundred and Sixty Acres
Milton Estes: Lay Down Your Soul

11:00: Jefferson Island
George Morgan (host): Petal from a Faded Rose
Crook Brothers: Dust on the Bible
To Be Announced
George Morgan: Lonely River
Crook Brothers: Ida Red

11:15: Ernest Tubb Songbook
Ernest Tubb (host): When a Soldier Knocks and Finds Nobody Home
Velma: They Warned Me About You
Drake Brothers: Highways are Happy Ways
Ernest Tubb: I'll Get Along Somehow

11:30: Farmers Wholesale Nursery
Jimmy Dickens (host): Wedding Bells
Gully Jumpers: To Be Announced
Lonzo and Oscar: To Be Announced
To Be Announced
Jimmy Dickens: Tramp on the Street

11:45: Bob West Guitar
Wally Fowler (host): One Has My Name, the Other Has My Heart
Robert Lunn: To Be Announced
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Bailey
Wally Fowler: Ten Commandments
Robert Lunn: To Be Announced
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Going Up Town

One of the early Opry books that I have in my collection is "Grand Ole Opry" by William McDaniel. This book came out in 1952 and was one of the first that covered the history of the Opry and the members of that time period. Here is what was written about Jimmy Dickens in that book:

Little Jimmy Dickens is definitely the smallest star on the Grand Ole Opry, and he probably has the loudest voice of any man his size in the entertainment field. He is only four feet and eleven inches tall, but every inch of him helps to make up a dynamo of energy and a captivating personality.

Jimmy was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia, near Bolt, and was brought up on a farm. When he was seventeen years old, he entered radio in Beckley, West Virginia, where his big voice and friendly smile made him a local success. From there he went to stations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jimmy joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1948, and within a short time he had become a nationwide favorite for his performances both on the air and in personal appearances. The songs that Jimmy sings most are those reminiscent of rural customs and the country way of life, some serious, some humorous. Best example of this is the song that first made him famous: "Old Cold Tater." It harks back to childhood days when he had to wait to eat at the second table on Sunday when the preacher came for dinner at his house, and his mother said, "Jim, take a 'tater and wait." Similar songs that he has made famous and recorded for Columbia are "Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed," "The Galvanized Washing Tub" (a familiar bathing vessel), "Get Them Cold Feet Over On The Other Side," etc.

Others of slightly different nature but equally successful are "Bessie The Heifer," "I'm Little But I'm Loud," and "It May Be Silly, But Ain't It Fun." Like all other folk artists, he also sings religious songs. One of his latest is "They Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain."

During his performances, Jimmy is a diminutive cowboy. He wears a smaller version of the traditional Western garb, usually two-toned. He wears cowboy boots, and his favorite pair have sterling silver toes. As his loud voice goes into action, he pats his foot vigorously, jumps and bounces in time with the music. He never loses his infectious smile, and his eyes twinkle with good humor. Between his turns at the microphone, he is usually engaged in some spontaneous comic routine with other members of the cast.

Jimmy is married, but he has no children. He and his wife live in a modest home in Nashville's suburbs. He keeps a horse and is found of riding and hunting.

(The visitation for Jimmy Dickens will be Wednesday evening with the public service on Thursday at 11:00am. WSM radio is broadcasting the service live, both on the AM channel and on-line).