I realize that it has been a while since I posted a classic Opry line up from the past. I think that I found a good one this time. There was a period of time in the Opry's history, and I am sure many of you will remember it, when each year the Opry had an "Old Timers' Night", which was a yearly show when the Opry invited back former Opry members who had either retired or moved on from the Opry. The show was usually held in April and was actually very popular. Of course over time, these "Reunion Shows" as they were sometimes held, were discontinued as the older veterans died off and there was really nobody to invite to these show. These reunion shows usually were spearheaded by Roy Acuff and some of the Opry's veterans who had been with the show for many years. It was a way for the Opry to remember its past.
In going through my files, I found the line up from one of the "Old Timers' Night", which took place on April 4, 1981. Hope you enjoy it and that it brings back some memories.
6:30: Mrs Grissoms
Charlie Walker(host): 'San Antonio Rose'
Stu Phillips: "Great El Tigre'
Charlie Walker: 'Crazy Arms'
Jack Greene(host): 'I'll Be There'
Jan Howard: 'The Story Of Hondo Crouch'
Ernie Ashworth: 'Memphis Memory'
Jack Greene: 'There Goes My Everything'
Porter Wagoner(host): 'Dooley'
Skeeter Davis: 'Take It Easy'
Curley Fox: 'The Old Grey Mule'
Wilburn Brothers: 'I'm Gonna Tie One On Tonight'
Duke Of Paducah: 'Comedy'
Porter Wagoner: 'Trouble In Amen Corner'
7:30: Goo Goo
Jimmy C. Newman(host): 'Happy Cajun Country'
David Houston: 'Texas Ida Red'
Zeke Clements: 'Where Could I Go But To The Lord'
Billy Grammer: 'Somebody Loves You'
Crook Brothers & Tennessee Travelers: 'Sally Goodin'
Jimmy C. Newman: 'Cajun Country Special'
8:00: Martha White
Roy Acuff(host); 'Wabash Cannonball'
Connie Smith: 'Give Them All To Jesus'
Pee Wee King: 'Tennessee Waltz'
Alcyone Beasley: 'Silver Threads Among The Gold'
Jack Shook: 'Tumbling Tumbleweeds'
Alcyone Beasley & Jack Shook: 'Instrumental'
Bill Carlisle: Is Zat You Myrtle'
Roy Acuff: 'I'll Fly Away'
Hank Snow(host): 'Storms Never Last'
4 Guys: 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'
Ray Pillow: 'Too Many Memories'
Lonzo & Oscar: 'Delta Dirt'
Paul Howard: 'Stay A Little Longer'
Fruit Jar Drinkers: 'Nubbing Ridge'
Hank Snow & Kelly Foxton: 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls'
That was the line up for the first show that night. Like I said, I hope all of you enjoyed the look back.