It has been a little while since I have posted a classic Grand Ole Opry line-up from the past. This time I have posted the line-ups from Friday March 22 and Saturday March 23, 1991. There was really nothing special about these shows that I attended. In fact, everyone who was on the Opry both of those nights were Opry members, with the exception of Os and Charlie, and Brother Oswald would become a member later on. The reason Os and Charlie were on the Opry during this period was that Roy Acuff was ill and many times in his career when he was unable to be at the Opry, he would ask managment if his band could be on so that they did not miss a payday. Opry management would do that back then, but like many other things, those days are long past.
Now for the line-ups. There was 1 show on Friday night and 2 shows on Saturday night.
Friday March 22, 1991
7:30(Cracker Barrel) Jimmy Dickens(host); Skeeter Davis; David Houston; Jim and Jesse
8:00(Bush Beans, Grand Ole Opry Tours) Bill Monroe(host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Justin Tubb; Ray Pillow
8:30(GMC Truck, Hamburger Helper) Jim Ed Brown(host); The 4 Guys; Jeanne Pruett
9:00(Pillsbury, Fiddlers/Ramada Inn) Bill Anderson(host); Jean Shepard; The Carlisles; Billy Walker; Os and Charlie
9:30(Dollar General Store) Jack Greene(host); Jan Howard; Mike Snider
10:00(Goody's Headache Powder) Grandpa Jones(host); Stonewall Jackson; Charlie Louvin; Dottie West
10:30(Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese) Jimmy C. Newman(host); Jeannie Seely; Charlie Walker; Johnny Russell
11:05: Grand Ole Gospel-Rev. Jimmy Snow
Saturday March 23, 1991
6:30(Bonanza) The 4 Guys(host); Jan Howard
6:45(Country Music Foundation) Grandpa Jones(host); Stonewall Jackson; Os and Charlie
7:00(Shoney's) Jack Greene(host); Jeanne Pruett; Ray Pillow; The Whites
7:30(Standard Candy) Billy Walker(host); Jean Shepard; The Carlisles; Wilma Lee Cooper; Charlie Louvin
8:00(Martha White) Jimmy Dickens(host); Charlie Walker; Jeannie Seely; Jimmy C. Newman; The Opry Squaredance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
8:30(Pops-Rite Popcorn) Jim Ed Brown(host); David Houston; Skeeter Davis; Roy Drusky; Stu Phillips
9:30(Dollar General Store) Grandpa Jones(host); Jeanne Pruett; Billy Walker; Stonewall Jackson; The Whites
10:00(Little Debbie Snack Cakes) The 4 Guys(host); Jan Howard
10:15(Sunbeam) Jack Greene(host); Jean Shepard
10:30(Pet, Inc.) Jimmy C. Newman(host); Ray Pillow
10:45(B.C. Cold Powder) Jim Ed Brown(host); The Carlisles; The Opry Squaredance Band; The Melvin Sloan Dancers
11:00(Coke) Jimmy Dickens(host); David Houston; Justin Tubb; Jeannie Seely; Charlie Louvin
11:30(Creamette) Charlie Walker(host); Roy Drusky; Skeeter Davis; Johnny Russell
I have to tell you that I really loved those 15 minute segments. Now for those of you who are counting at home, that was a total of 27 artists on the Friday night show, 25 on the first show on Saturday and 24 on the 2nd show. And that was with some of the Opry's veterans gone that weekend. Roy Acuff, Hank Snow and Porter Wagoner were not there and Bill Monroe and Bill Anderson were only on the Friday night show.
I hope you enjoy this look into the past.