One of the things that I am going to start to do on a some-what regular basis, is to print some Grand Ole Opry Line-ups from years gone by. I hope that it gives everyone some great memories of artists that have passed away and have left us great memories and their music. The following is the Grand Ole Opry line-up from Saturday January 5, 1974, with the name of the sponsor listed after the time:
6:00: Vietti Foods. Roy Drusky(host); The Osborne Brothers; Justin Tubb; The Carlisles: Lonzo and Oscar.
6:30: Mrs Grissom's: Bill Anderson(host); Jim & Jesse; Mary Lou Turner.
6:45: Rudy's: Bill Monroe(host); Billy Grammer; George Morgan.
7:00: Rudy's: Porter Wagoner(host); Dolly Parton; Charlie Louvin; Stu Phillips.
7:30: Standard Candy: Roy Acuff(host); Minnie Pearl; The Willis Brothers; Stonewall Jackson; Jean Sheppard; The Crook Brothers; The Tennessee Travelers.
8:00: Martha White: Lester Flatt(host); Jack Greene; Jeannie Seely; Jerry Clower; Ray Pillow; Grandpa Jones.
8:30: Stephens Work Clothes: Hank Snow(host); The Four Guys; Jim Ed Brown; Jimmy C Newman; Jeannie C Riley; The Fruit Jar Drinkers.
9:30: Kelloggs: Bill Monore(host); The Osborne Brothers; The Willis Brothers; Jim & Jesse; The Carlisles; Billy Grammer; Lonzo and Oscar.
10:00: Fender Guitar: Porter Wagoner(host); Dolly Parton; George Morgan; Stu Phillips.
10:15: Union 76: Roy Acuff(host); Stonewall Jackson; Charlie Louvin; Jean Shepard.
10:30: Trailblazer: Lester Flatt(host); Jack Greene; Jeannie Seely; Ray Pillow; Grandpa Jones.
10:45: Beechnut Chewing Tabacco: Bill Anderson(host); Mary Lou Turner; Jerry Clower; The Crook Brothers; The Tennessee Travelers.
11:00: Coca Cola: Hank Snow(host); Justin Tubb; Jim Ed Brown; Jimmy C Newman; Sam and Kirk McGee; The Fruit Jar Drinkers.
11:30: Baltz Bros: Marty Robbins(host); Jeannie C Riley; The Four Guys.
What an all-star line-up!! 34 artists on the first show and 34 on the second show. 12 Hall of Fame members or future members!! And of those artists on that night, only 2 were not Opry members(Mary Lou Turner and Jeannie C Riley). I also noticed that on the 9:30 segment, there are 7 artists listed(how they got all those on in half an hour I do not know), but on the 11:30 segment with Marty Robbins, only 3 artists, which I think takes into account Marty singing for so long. Let me know what you think and if you would like to see more of these vintage line-ups from years gone by.