With all the bad news about the Grand Ole Opry House lately, I thought it was time to look back at happier times at the Grand Ole Opry. So, I have decided to post another of my classic Grand Ole Opry line-ups from the past. Today I go back to October 20, 1962
7:30: Faron Young(host); Billy Grammer; Justin Tubb; Del Wood
8:00: Flatt & Scruggs(host); Hank Locklin; Cowboy Copas; June Carter; Carter Family
8:30: Hawkshaw Hawkins(host); Wilburn Brothers; Don Gibson; Archie Campbell; Jean Shepard
9:00: Jim Reeves(host); Leroy Van Dyke; Glaser Brothers; Texas Ruby; Curley Fox
9:30: George Morgan(host); Roy Drusky; Cousin Jody
10:00: Faron Young(host); Cowboy Copas; Justin Tubb
10:15: Flatt & Scruggs(host); Billy Grammer; Carter Family
10:30: Wiburn Brothers(host); Don Gibson; Del Wood
10:45: Hank Locklin(host); Archie Campbell
11:00: Jim Reeves(host); Glaser Brothers; Hawkshaw Hawkins; Jean Shepard; Leroy Van Dyke
11:30: George Morgan(host); Curley Fox; Roy Drusky; Cousin Jody; Texas Ruby
If you notice at the line-up, quite a few of the Opry's heavy hitters were missing that night including Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Grandpa Jones, Marty Robbins and Minnie Pearl among others. Also, this was the period where the Opry was still doing just one show on Saturday night that ran from 7:30-Midnight. The general rule was that each performer would be on one time before 10:00 and then once after 10. There were a couple of exceptions, such as June Carter, who was only on once that night. This was also the period of time when things were a bit rough at the Opry, as attendance was down from it's peak that occured before Elvis and rock n' roll hit. Before that time, people would line up outside the Ryman Auditorium after the Opry started, and as people would leave after 10:00, having seen each performer once, those outside would be admitted. That is where some of the famous Opry pictures come from, where you see the big lines outside the Ryman after dark. People would wait for hours for a chance to get in and see the big country stars. But, when you bought your ticket for that night's show, it allowed you to see the entire show.
Sorry I don't have the list of sponsors that night or the entire list of songs that each artist performed.
Hope you enjoyed that look back at Opry history.