Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grand Ole Opry Line-Up 10/13 & 10/14, 1995

During the weekend of October 13 and 14, 1995, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated it's 70th birthday. The weekend featured 2 shows on both Friday and Saturday night. During the early Saturday show, the 7:30 segment was on TNN, and was to include the traditional Opry birthday cake. However, due to Martina McBride running over her time allowed for her 2 songs, the segment on TNN ended before the cake could be brought out. The cake was held back until the 8:00 segment that Porter Wagoner hosted. During the television segments, the show went off the air at exactly 8, whether the segment was done or not. Also, at the time, Martina was not an Opry member, but was appearing as a guest. I believe it was her first Opry appearance, and she said afterwards that she was given the cold shoulder by many Opry members because of her timing mistake. She said later that she just did not realize that she was running long with her songs, and felt bad about it. Whatever cold shoulder the other Opry members gave her, it did not prevent her from later becoming an Opry member. Now, here is the line-up for that Opry birthday weekend:

Friday October 13, 1995
First Show:
6:30: The Whites(host); Bill Carlise; Charlie Louvin; Jean Shepard; Brother Oswald & Charlie
7:00: Porter Wagoner(host); Jeanne Pruett; Skeeter Davis; Good Shepard Quartet
7:30: Bill Monroe(host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Jack Greene; Del Reeves; Connie Smith
8:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Hank Locklin; Jimmy C. Newman; Mike Snider
8:30: Hank Snow(host); The 4 Guys; Stonewall Jackson; Jeannie Seely

Second Show:
9:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Jan Howard; Stu Phillips; Good Shepard Quartet
10:00: Bill Monroe(host); Hank Locklin; Jean Shepard; Charlie Walker; The Whites
10:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Ray Pillow; Del Reeves; Billy Walker
11:00: Hank Snow(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Connie Smith; Jack Greene; The 4 Guys
11:30: Mike Snider(host); Jeannie Seely; Stonewall Jackson; Bill Anderson

Saturday October 14, 1995
First Show:
6:30: Jimmy C. Newman(host); Bill Carlisle; Holly Dunn
6:45: Billy Walker(host); Wilma Lee Cooper
7:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeanne Pruett; Stonewall Jackson; Jan Howard; Jean Shepard
7:30: John Conlee(host); Del Reeves; Country Music USA; Martina McBride
8:00: Porter Wagoner(host); Skeeter Davis; Hank Locklin; Jeannie Seely; Opry Squaredance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Hank Snow(host); The 4 Guys; Charlie Louvin; The Whites; Charlie Walker

Second Show:
9:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Ray Pillow; Wilma Lee Cooper; Brother Oswald & Charlie; Holly Dunn
10:00: Jimmy C. Newman(host); Skeeter Davis
10:15: Billy Walker(host); Stu Phillips
10:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Jeanne Pruett
10:45: John Conlee(host); Jean Shepard; Opry Squaredance Band/Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Hank Snow(host); The Whites; Jeannie Seely; Del Reeves
11:30: The 4 Guys(host); Charlie Walker; Jan Howard

1 comment:

  1. She does appear to have been forgiven, but the funny thing is, THAT is the Opry. It's like when Marty Robbins would run over at 11:30 and Ernest Tubb asked him why his own show never started on time at the record shop at midnight and Marty said, "Hank Snow keeps running over at 11."