On October 13 & 14, 2000, the Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 75th anniversary. I only mention this as it was a milestone in the history of the show. It was a star filled weekend as most of the Opry members performed at least during one of the shows over the weekend. I attended the entire weekend of shows and it was great to see all the Opry stars there. Taking a trip down memory lane, I wanted to post the line-ups from that weekend, which took place 9 years ago today.
Friday October 13th:
6:30: Jeannie Seely(host); Jim Ed Brown; The Whites; Hal Ketchum; Jack Greene
7:00: Porter Wagoner(host); Connie Smith; Bill Carlisle; Jeanne Pruett; Diamond Rio
7:30: Steve Wariner(host); Holly Dunn; Del Reeves; Ronnie Milsap
8:00: Bill Anderson(host); Jan Howard; Jimmy C. Newman; Alison Krauss
8:30: Jimmy Dickens(host); Osborne Brothers; Martina McBride; Garth Brooks
9:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Jim Ed Brown; Billy Walker; Jack Greene; Diamond Rio
10:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Hal Ketchum; Ernie Ashworth; Del Reeves; Connie Smith
10:30: Steve Wariner(host); Osborne Brothers; Charlie Louvin; Jeanne Pruett; Alison Krauss
11:00: Bill Anderson(host); Jimmy C. Newman; Hank Locklin; Garth Brooks
11:30: Charlie Walker(host); Stu Phillips; Holly Dunn; Mel McDaniel
Saturday October 14
3:00: Porter Wagoner; The Whites; Mel McDaniel
3:30: Jim Ed Brown; Osborne Brothers; Billy Walker
4:00: Jimmy Dickens; Travis Tritt
4:30: Trisha Yearwood; Loretta Lynn
6:30: Jeannie Seely(host); Connie Smith; Bill Carlisle; Lorrie Morgan
7:00: Porter Wagoner(host); Marty Stuart; Travis Tritt; Riders In The Sky; Jimmy Dickens; Pam Tillis; Trisha Yearwood; Loretta Lynn
8:00: Vince Gill(host); Alison Krauss; Dolly Parton; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30: Jean Shepard(host); Ricky Van Shelton; Steve Wariner; Garth Brooks
9:30: Porter Wagoner(host); Marty Stuart; Wilma Lee Cooper; Alison Krauss
10:00: Jimmy Dickens(host); Pam Tillis; Skeeter Davis; Ronnie Milsap
10:30: Vince Gill(host); Ralph Stanley; Lorrie Morgan; Jack Greene; Opry Square Dance Band; Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00: Riders In The Sky(host); Jean Shepard; Ricky Van Shelton; Steve Wariner
11:30: Johnny Russell(host); Jan Howard; Ray Pillow; Charlie Walker; Garth Brooks
>The 7:00-8:00 hour was the televised portion of the Opry that night.
>The 2nd Opry show did not end until almost 1am, with Garth Brooks being on stage for over a half hour. Jack Greene was the host of the mid-night jamboree that night, that did not end until after 2am.
>To fit in all the artists, many of them sang duets together. For example, Jimmy Dickens and Pam Tillis sang a song together as did Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart.
>The only Opry members who did not appear during any of the birthday shows were Clint Black, Roy Clark, John Conlee, Joe Diffie, Roy Drusky, The Gatlin Brothers, Don Gibson, Billy Grammer, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Brother Oswald, Charlie Pride, Ricky Skaggs, Mike Snider, Randy Travis and Teddy Wilburn. Several of those were ill. That makes almost 50 Opry members appearing sometime over the weekend.
As always, it is fun to look back in history.