As we try to do each week, here is another in our series of classic Grand Ole Opry line-ups from the past. This week, we look back on the year 1986. Hope you enjoy!!!
Friday May 16, 1986
6:30(Block Drug): Porter Wagoner(host); Skeeter Davis; Roy Drusky; The 4 Guys; Boxcar Willie
7:00(Cat's Paw Rubber Co.): Ricky Skaggs(host): Jack Greene; Jan Howard; Riders In The Sky; Charlie Louvin
7:30(Cracker Barrel): Roy Acuff(host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Jimmy Dickens; Minnie Pearl
8:00(Nabisco, Taco Bell): Bill Monroe(host); Tom T. Hall; Jean Shepard
8:30(Kroger, Po'Folks): Hank Snow(host); Bill Anderson; Connie Smith; The Osborne Brothers
9:30(Music Valley Drive Merchants): Ricky Skaggs(host); Lorrie Morgan; Jimmy C. Newman; Billy Walker; Ray Pillow
10:00(Goody's Headache Powder): Roy Acuff(host); Jeannie Pruett; Bill Anderson; Boxcar Willie; Carlisles
10:30(Red Man Tobacco): Porter Wagoner(host); Tom T. Hall; Stonewall Jackson; Jeannie Seely
11:00(Luck's Foods): Hank Snow(host); The Osborne Brothers; Jean Shepard; Jimmy Dickens; Connie Smith
11:30(Heinz): Bill Monroe(host); The 4 Guys; Johnny Russell
12:05: Grand Ole Gospel-Rev. Jimmy Snow; Evangel Temple Choir
A couple of thoughts:
>A very solid line-up of Grand Ole Opry Stars. Everyone who performed on both shows were Opry members.
>Po'Folks restaurants was the national chain that Bill Anderson was the spokesperson for and he appeared on that segment.
>It is suprising that Jimmy Dickens was not hosting any segment.
>This was the time period that Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl would appear on Nashville Now and have to head over to do the Opry. The Nashville Now studio(The Gaslight Theater), was just down the sidewalk from the Opry House at Opryland.
>It is suprising the large number of artists that appeared on only 1 of the 2 shows that night.
Saturday May 17, 1986
6:30(Mrs. Grissoms): Porter Wagoner(host); Boxcar Willie
6:45(Rudys): Tom T. Hall(host); The 4 Guys
7:00(Shoneys): Ricky Skaggs(host); Lorrie Morgan; Ray Pillow; Johnny Russell
7:30(Standard Candy): Roy Acuff(host); Jan Howard; Stonewall Jackson; Jean Shepard; The Crook Brothers; The Stoney Mountain Cloggers
8:00(Martha White): Bill Monroe(host); Skeeter Davis; Jimmy Dickens; Riders In The Sky; Billy Walker
8:30(Music Valley Drive Merchants): Hank Snow(host); Del Reeves; Jack Greene; Jeanne Pruitt; Jimmy C. Newman
9:30(Dollar General Store): Tom T. Hall(host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Boxcar Willie; Charlie Louvin
10:00(Little Debbie Snack Cakes): Ricky Skaggs(host); Jeannie Seely
10:15(Sunbeam): Roy Acuff(host); Carlisles
10:30(Pet, Inc): Bill Monore(host); Roy Drusky
10:45(Heil Quaker): Del Reeves(host); Jean Shepard; The Crook Brothers; The Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00(Coke): Hank Snow(host); Justin Tubb; Jimmy Dickens; Riders In The Sky; Billy Walker
11:30(Quincy's): Jack Greene(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Jeanne Pruett; Johnny Russell
A few comments on the Saturday night shows:
>Again, only Opry members appeared on both shows, with a number appearing on only 1 of the 2 shows.
>Porter Wagoner appeared only on the opening segment of the 1st show. A couple of possible reasons why: he probably had an out of town show on Sunday and did the early segment and then headed out of town(lot's of Opry members would do this), or he could also have been hosting the Opry Backstage Show that went on the air at 7(Nashville time). When Porter Wagoner hosted the Backstage show, he usually did the opening segment on the Opry. If Bill Anderson hosted, he usually was a guest on the 8:00 segment of the 1st show.
>Roy Acuff traditionally hosted the Standard Candy segment of the 1st show, at 7:30. After TNN started televising this segment, Roy then shifted to hosting the Martha White segment at 8(if he was not hosting the tv segment).
>Again, as on Friday, no segment hosted by Jimmy Dickens, and based on the line-ups, it looks like he was limited to 1 song per show.
Saturday May 17
3:00: Porter Wagoner; Charlie Louvin
3:30: Stonewall Jackson; Lorrie Morgan
4:00: Ray Pillow; The 4 Guys
4:30: Jack Greene; Amy Sue Macy; Carlisles
Only comment is I have no ideal who Amy Sue Macy is. Enjoy!!!