Thursday, January 2, 2014

Grand Ole Opry 1/3 & 1/4

It took a while, but I think the Grand Ole Opry has finalized the line-ups for the 2 shows this weekend. For whatever reason, the Opry posted the line-ups for this weekend last Saturday night, which is about the earliest that I can remember. I am assuming that Pete Fisher and some of the staff took the week off between Christmas and New Years which could explain why the early posting. Of course, the line-up posted had some slots open. They were filled by adding Ralph Stanley for Friday and Saturday night, and now, as of this afternoon, Ralph has cancelled out and Restless Heart has been added, at least for Saturday. And, continuing on, has everyone seen the new Opry website? So far I am not so sure I like it. My biggest complaint is that the weekly line-up for both nights is not posted on one page together. And while I like the artists section, which is in alphabetical order by first name, I still wish they would separate members from the non-members, although now the print and pictures are bigger so it is easier to read. At least we can all feel good that the money from the increased ticket prices is going somewhere.

As far as the Friday Night Opry, non-members Elizabeth Cook, Wade Hayes and Chuck Wicks are scheduled, along with "Nashville" star Charles Esten. What would an Opry show be without someone from the television show. The most prominent Opry member scheduled is Del McCoury, who will also be appearing on Saturday night.

Joining Del Saturday will be Christian singer Francesca Battistelli, who will be making her first Opry appearance. Elizabeth Cook will also be returning, doing both shows this weekend, along with Billy Dean, Chuck Mead and Restless Heart.

Friday January 3
7:00: John Conlee (host); Joanna Smith; Jimmy C Newman
7:30: Connie Smith (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Chuck Wicks
8:15: Jim Ed Brown (host); Wade Hayes; Del McCoury Band
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Elizabeth Cook; Charles Esten

Saturday January 4
7:00: John Conlee (host); Greg Bates; Restless Heart
7:30: Connie Smith (host); Billy Dean; Elizabeth Cook
8:15: Jim Ed Brown (host); Jean Shepard; Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys; Opry Square Dancers
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Francesca Battistelli; Del McCoury Band

That comes out to 7 Opry members on Friday and 6 on Saturday. The segment hosts are the same for both nights.

For this week's look back into Grand Ole Opry history, I have a couple of line-ups to share. The first is from Saturday January 7, 1967, which was the night that Charley Pride made his 1st appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Charley was so impressive that a short time later he was asked to join the Opry. However, due to his heavy touring schedule and the demands on his career, he declined. Over the years, Charley would make more Opry appearances and would continue to be asked to join. Finally, he accepted the Opry's invitation and on May 1, 1993 he became a member. Here is the line-up from Saturday January 7, 1967:

7:30: Luzianne
Bobby Lord (host): Out Behind the Barn
Margie Bowes: Come On Home
Jim Ed Brown: You Can Have Her
Minnie Pearl: Maple on the Hill
Bobby Lord: Old Enough to Die
Stringbean: Run, Little Rabbit, Run
Ernie Ashworth: The D.J. Cried
Bobby Lord: Hawkeye

8:00: Martha White
Flatt & Scruggs (host): Gonna Have Myself A Ball
Charlie Louvin: Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself to Sleep
Bill Carlisle: Doctor R.D.
Jean Shepard: I'd Rather Be the One
Flatt & Scruggs: Call Me on Home, Too
Crook Brothers: Eighth of January
Bill Carlisle: Knothole
Flatt & Scrugg: You Are My Flower
Uncle Josh: Just Joshin'
Flatt & Scruggs: Nine Pound Hammer

8:30: Stephens
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (host): Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die
Justin Tubb: Take A Letter Miss Gray
Del Wood: Down at Papa Joe's
Archie Campbell: Comedy
Wilma Lee Cooper: A Hero's Death
Ray Pillow: Common Colds & Broken Hearts
Cousin Jody: I Miss Him So
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Satisfied

9:00: Pet Milk
Ernest Tubb (host): Filipino Baby
Wilburn Brothers: Hurt Her Once For Me
Jim & Jesse: Cotton Mill Man
Charley Pride: The Snakes Crawl at Night
Ernest Tubb: Another Story; Another Time; Another Place
Wilburn Brothers: Knoxville Girl
Fruit Jar Drinkers: The Old Hen Cackle
Steve Chapman: Wildwood Flower

9:30: Kellogg's
Willis Brothers (host): Cimarron
Tex Ritter: High Noon
Osborne Brothers: The Kind of Woman I Got
Marion Worth: Burning Bridges
Willis Brothers: When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
Curly Fox: The Old Gray Mule
Tex Ritter: Take Him Fishin'
Willis Brothers: If I Can Help Somebody

10:00: Schick
Flatt & Scruggs (host): My Saro Jane
Stringbean: Walk Up, Little Betty
Ernie Ashworth: Sad Face
Flatt & Scruggs: Mama, You've Been on My Mind
Earl Scruggs: Foggy Mountain Special

10:15: Pure
Charlie Louvin (host): Apartment #9
Margie Bowes: Enough to Make A Woman Lose Her Mind
Jim Ed Brown: Yesterday
Cousin Jody: Jody's Chimes
Charlie Louvin: Off & On

10:30: Buckley's
Ray Pillow (host): And I Like That Sorta Thing
Jean Shepard & Ray Pillow: Willingly
Del Wood: Melinda
Ray Pillow: 'If' Is A Mighty Big Word

10:45: Kent
Ernest Tubb (host): Answer the Phone
Bill Carlisle: What Kinda Deal is This
Wilburn Brothers: Just to Be Where You Are
Crook Brothers: Chicken Reel

11:00: Coca-Cola
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper (host): It Started Again
Justin Tubb: As Long As There's A Sunday
Jim & Jesse: Don't Let Nobody Tie You Down
Charley Pride: I Can't Help It
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Each Season Changes You
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Bill Cheatham
Jim & Jesse: Memphis
Sam McGee: Wheels
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper: Wabash Cannonball

11:30: Lava
Marty Robbins (host): Running Gun
Tex Ritter: Boll Weevil
Osborne Brothers: The Kinda Woman I Got
Marion Worth: There Goes My Everything
Marty Robbins: El Paso
Curly Fox: Listen to the Mockingbird
Tex Ritter: I Dreamed of A Hillbilly Heaven
Marty Robbins: Devil Woman/Bouquet of Roses/I Could Never Be Ashamed of You

It seems hard to believe that it has been 16 years since Grandpa Jones did his final Opry show, but it was on Saturday January 3, 1998 that he performed on the Opry for the final time. Immediately after he came off stage following his appearance on the 2nd show, he suffered the first of what would become a series of strokes that would lead to his death in February. Grandpa had been an Opry member for over 50 years, yet he really didn't become known nationally until he became a member of the cast of Hee Haw. Country music knew of Grandpa, but then everyone did. Many feel that it was this recognition from Hee Haw that helped to get Grandpa elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here is the line-up from his final night at the Opry, January 3, 1998:

1st show
6:30: GHS Strings
Grandpa Jones (host): Banjo Sam
Wilma Lee Cooper: Wedding Bells
Grandpa Jones: My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans

6:45: Jogging In A Jug
John Conlee (host): As Long As I'm Rocking With You
Bill Carlisle: Elvira
John Conlee: Domestic Life

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Y'all Come
Brother Oswald: Praire Queen
Jimmy C Newman: Gumbo Song
Osborne Brothers: World of Forgotten People/Rocky Top
Porter Wagoner: Green Green Grass of Home
Porter Wagoner & Cristy Lynn: Milwaukee, Here I Come

7:30: Standard Candy
Johnny Russell (host): Someday I'll Sober Up
Ricochet: Connected at the Heart
Del Reeves: I Would Like to See You Again
Tracy Bird: Don't Take Her, She's All I Got
Riders In The Sky: Always Drink Upstream From the Herd
Johnny Russell: Act Naturally

8:00: Martha White
Bill Anderson (host): Southern Fried
Ricky Skaggs: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke
Vince Gill: Key to Life
Opry Square Dance Band: Cherokee Suffle

8:30: Clifty Farms
Jimmy C Newman (host): Take An Old Cold Tater
Mike Snider: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
The Whites: Pins & Needles
Billy Walker: You Gave Me A Mountain
4 Guys: I'm Bound for Higher Ground
Jimmy Dickens: Another Bridge to Burn

2nd show
9:30: Dollar General
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
John Conlee: Rose Colored Glasses
Riders In The Sky: Where the Bloom Is On the Sage
Ricochet: A Lot to Be Desired/She's Got Her Daddy's Money
Cristy Lynn: Walk Softly on My Heart
Porter Wagoner & Cristy Lynn: Forty Miles From Poplar Bluff

10:00: Opry Book
Grandpa Jones (host): Stop That Ticklin' Me
Tracy Bird: Roly Poly/Watermelon Crawl
Grandpa Jones: Any Old Time

10:15: Banquet
Jimmy Dickens (host): Out Behind the Barn
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything
Jimmy Dickens: Mountain Dew

10:30: Purnell's
Bill Anderson (host): But You Know I Love You
Osborne Brothers: Beneath Still Waters
Bill Anderson: A World of Make Believe

10:45: MTD
Ricky Skaggs (host): Hold Watcha Got
Jean Shepard: A Phone Call Away
Opry Square Dance Band: Durang's Hornpipe
Ricky Skaggs: I'm Lost and I'll Never Find the Way

11:00: Coca-Cola
Mike Snider (host): The Whole World Smiles With You
Del Reeves: A Lover's Question
The Whites: Swing Down, Sweet Chariot
Vince Gill: A River Like You/Key to Life
Tom Brantley: Wheel Hoss

11:30: Opry Book
Johnny Russell (host): Got No Reason Now for Going Home
4 Guys: Moments to Remember
Charlie Walker: Who'll Buy the Wine
Stu Phillips: Dust in My Eyes
Johnny Russell: Ain't You Even Gonna Cry

And finally, not to forget Norma Jean. She joined the Opry on January 9, 1965. Norma Jean stayed at the Opry only as long as she was a part of Porter Wagoner's show, eventually leaving the Opry and Nashville, moving back to Oklahoma. She is still performing today, usually in Branson. For more on Norma Jean, I would recommend that you read the Porter Wagoner biography. Here is the Opry line-up from the night she joined:

7:30: Luzianne
Jimmy C Newman (host)
Bobby Lord
Loretta Lynn
Del Wood
Ernest Ashworth

8:00: Porter Wagoner (host)
Charlie Louvin
Dottie West
Willie Nelson
Osborne Brothers
Norma Jeean
Crook Brothers

8:30: Stephens
Roy Acuff (host)
Wilburn Brothers
Bill Anderson
Archie Campbell
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper
Margie Bowes

9:00: Pet Milk
Leroy Van Dyke (host)
Skeeter Davis
Sonny James
Curly Fox
Glaser Brothers
Fruit Jar Drinkers

9:30: Kellogg's
Hank Snow (host)
Bill Monroe
Roy Drusky
Willis Brothers
Marion Worth
The Browns

10:00: Schick
Bobby Lord (host)
Loretta Lynn
Osborne Brothers
Del Wood

10:15: Mary Carter
Jimmy C Newman (host)
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper
Bill Anderson
Bill Carlisle

10:30: Harvey's
Porter Wagoner (host)
Norma Jean
Sonny James

10:45: Newport
Roy Acuff (host)
Margie Bowes
Wilburn Brothers
Crook Brothers

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host)
Bill Monroe
Leroy Van Dyke
Glaser Brothers
Fruit Jar Drinkers
Dottie West
Sam & Kirk McGee

11:30: Roy Drusky (host)
Charlie Louvin
Marion Worth
Willis Brothers
The Browns
Willie Nelson
Curley Fox

I think it is safe to say that each of these shows was much better than what is scheduled for this weekend at the Opry. Oh, the old days!!!!

This weekend, I will offer my early wrap-up of the Opry for 2013 and then next week will offer a post on the Country Music Hall of Fame as the voting is now underway for the Class of 2014. I will offer my thoughts and will look forward to hearing from everyone else.

Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!


  1. No Bill Anderson again.... Anyone else noticing his absence the last several months?

    1. David - according to his website, Bill Anderson will be at the Ryman/Opry - Jan. 10, 11, 24, 25 & 31.

      Bill has been ill recently & he released a new album, "Life" & his done the "circuit" thing promoting the album, shot a new video & promoted that as well on GAC & elsewhere.

      Also, Bill mentioned that he was going to be sticking close to home, which is Nashville, to keep close to his son-in-law & young grandson who still need our prayers for their illnesses. I know his grandson has been ill for some time - so sad.


  2. Fred, Bismarck:

    Not much of Mike Snider, either -- and nothing in his old role as host. We're losing a lot of flavor with the absence of these two.

  3. Byron - I was on the new site - they tried fixing something that wasn't broke at all.

    Always love when Del McCoury & his band is on the Opry - they always do such a great job & are always very well received. And I really like Chuck Meade a whole lot. He & his band really sing/play great country music. I dig Elizabeth Cook, she is so funny & I am so happy for Wade Hayes' better health & come back - good for him!

    Looking forward to your Opry wrap & voting is already under way for the 2014 Class of Hall of Fame? Wow, that time sure went fast. Byron, I have a question regarding the "rotating category" - do you happen to know if voters will be choosing a recording/touring musician, non-performer or songwriter along with a Veteran & Modern Day artist? While I understand this category, I don't know which one will be voted in as I always forget from the year before which of the three won for Pete sakes. As always, I am pulling for Ricky Skaggs for Modern Era & as I have mentioned before I hope The Browns in the Veteran Era. Oh but then that leaves The Oaks, Ronnie Milsap & Alan Jackson out of the Modern Era mix - though what era would the Oaks be put in? Modern or Veteran, they've been a group well before Elvira & Bobbie Sue & all of their other major hits.

    Listening to Eddie Stubbs' 5-hour tribute to Ray Price - the music is just wonderful.


  4. Jeanene, this year it is the songwriter category that will be voted in along with the modern and veteran candidates.

    As far as Bill Anderson and the Opry, yes he has cut back on his appearances, but he has also cut back on his touring. I know it is hard to believe, but he is 76 now. I also know he has been working hard on a new book, songwriting and just released a new CD. So he is keeping busy.

    While the Opry line-up is "ok" this weekend, is it worth $69?

    1. I would say a definite "NO" to a $69 price tag for that show. I think their prices have really become unreasonable, especially for the guests that show up. Boy, do I miss the good old days..........

  5. Well, one more vote against the new website.
    It appears that they're ashamed of the lineups, because they're a pain to bring up, and then you can't save them.
    The 'Opry never stops finding new ways to annoy me, and yet it's still wonderful somehow.

  6. quick correction: you can save the lineups, one show at a time, several keystrokes involved.

  7. Thanks for posting those old lineups, Byron. Man, what I wouldn't give to have been able to see one of those 60s shows. The 67 show was incredible and it didn't even have Hank Snow or Acuff ! How the Opry has declined..... :(

  8. Just read that former Grand Ole Opry Member, Phil Everly has passed away.

  9. Very sad news about Phil Everly's passing ... Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, Cathy's Clown, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Bird Dog & others. He also wrote "When Will I Be Loved" recorded by the fabulous Linda Ronstadt. Former Opry member, Country Music Hall of Famer & Rock and Roll Hall of Famer - I'd say he (and his brother) did pretty darned good in life. I hope they are very proud of the music they recorded over the years because those family harmonies don't come along every day. They sure were great back in the day. :-)

    Byron, thank you for letting me know it will be a songwriter voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. So many great ones out there. Just a thought - could Dean Dillon get the nod? George Strait has recorded a staggering 54 songs written by Dean Dillon (The Chair, Nobody in His Right Mind Would Have Left Her and Ocean Front Property & one of my very favorite's The Breath You Take) and since George Strait is retiring from the road this year, maybe the voters will connect the dots. He has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame quite a while ago and he was chosen as the BMI 2013 Icon Award for a career spanning over 40 years. That in itself is staggering. The Texas Songwriters are honoring him this month. If he is not voted in, I know some other very deserving writer will be. It's always very interesting & exciting to see who gets the honor to have their plaque hanging in the very beautiful Rotunda in the Country Music Hall of Fame building and a very beautiful medallion hung around their neck. Looking forward to your thoughts on this subject, Bryon.


  10. Jeanene,
    In my opinion Dean Dillon his Hall of Fame worthy. However, I personally feel that Hank Cochran and Dallas Frazier should be inducted prior to Dillon. And both of them should have gone in prior to Bobby Braddock. Cochran, being deceased, will be tougher to get inducted. Seems like once you are deceased the voters look over you in all the categories (i.e. Artists, Dottie West, Archie Campbell, Wilburn Brothers, Jerry Reed; Songwriters, Jenny Lou Carson, Hank Cochran, Redd Stewart, Marijohn Wilkin; Musicians, Bashful Brother Oswald, Don Rich, Tommy Duncan, Hank Garland, Don Helms; Non-performer, Buddy Killen). It is my guess that Dean Dillon will be the first "contemporary" writer inducted. When? Maybe this year.... It really would not surprise me. But Cochran and Frazier are more worthy, just my opinion. And when you think about it, in the nearly 90 years of commercial country music there must be a backlog of songwriters and musicians that are worthy. I don't understand the CMA starting these new categories and ignoring literally the first half of the history of the genre, by overlooking so many in the past and inducting songwriters and musicians post Nashville Sound era. I still shout the fact that a posthumous category must be established at some point, or artists and individuals, such as I have listed above, will be lost.

  11. With the recent deaths of Tompall Glaser, Ray Price and now Phil Everly, the list of former Grand Ole Opry members still alive gets smaller. The list that I have includes Little Jimmie Sizemore, Jim and Chuck Glaser, Bobby Bare, Maxine and Bonnie Brown, Holly Dunn, Don Everly, Willie Nelson, Sonny James, Don Williams, BJ Thomas, Margie Bowes, Leroy Van Dyke, Sam Wellington and whatever other members of the 4 Guys you wish to include, Doug Kershaw, Norma Jean, Sonny Osborne, Melvin Sloan and Carol Lee Cooper (if you wish to include her as she was part of the family group when they joined the Opry). And as of July 2013, Ruth and Nellie Poe were still alive. Sorry if I missed anyone.

    1. We lost Slim Whitman too in 2013. He was a very short lived member for sure, but a former member, none the less.

      I don't know if "Lonzo" David Hooten was ever considered a member, or just an employee of "Oscar" Rollin Sullivan? He is still alive.

      Also, Ray Walker of the Jordanaires, who joined the group in 1958, is a former member.

    2. And with that said about Ray Walker, it jogged my mind that we also pretty recently lost former Jordanaire, Gordan Stoker.

  12. I was asked by one of my very loyal readers if I had a line-up from the Grand Ole Opry that featured the Everly Brothers. What I have is from Saturday June 21, 1958. Here you go:

    7:30 Nabisco
    Roy Acuff (host): Once More
    June Webb: As Long As I LIve
    Justin Tubb: If You'll Be My Love
    Roy Acuff: Won't It Be Wonderful
    Howdy Forrester: Indian Creek

    7:45: Sessions Peanut Butter
    Marty Robbins (host): Stairway of Love
    Carl Butler: Blues Come Around
    Jordanaires: Working on a Building
    Marty Robbins: Just Married
    Fiddle Tune: Old Joe Clark

    8:00: Martha White
    Flatt and Scruggs (host): Salty Dog Blues
    Don Gibson: Old Lonesome Me
    Hawkshaw Hawkins: I'll Get Even With You
    Jean Shepard: Jealous Heart
    Flatt and Scruggs: Big Black Train
    Possom Hunters: Tennessee Wagoner
    Carlisles: Oh Boy
    Del Wood: Ragging The Keys
    Don Gibson: I Can't Stop Loving You
    Flatt and Scruggs: Dear Old Dixie

    8:30: Prince Albert
    Cowbody Copas (host): Won't You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
    Rod Brasfield: Comedy
    Everly Brothers: All I Do Is Dream
    Tommy Jackson: Bill Cheatham
    Cowboy Copas: The Man Upstairs
    Chet Atkins: Armen's Theme
    Minnie Pearl: Comedy
    Everly Brothers: Wake Up Little Susie
    Stringbean: Eight More Miles To Louisville
    Cowboy Copas: Filipino Baby
    Tommy Jackson: Sally Ann

    9:00: Jefferson Island
    Jordainaires: Theme
    Faron Young (host): Alone With You
    Ferlin Husky: I Feel An Old Heartache
    Carl Butler: I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
    Bill Monroe: Brand New Shoes
    Faron Young: Everytime I'm Kissing You
    Fruit Jars: Soldier's Joy
    Minnie Pearl: Comedy
    Ferlin Husky: Simon Crum Routine
    Faron Young: Sweet Dreams

    9:30: Stephens
    Ladells: Theme
    Hank Snow (host): Big Wheels
    Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: Blues Don't Mean A Thing
    Don Gibson: Blue Blue Day
    Cousin Jody: Television Set
    Hank Snow: I'm Hurting All Over
    Crook Brothers: Going To Town
    Ladells: He's Got The World in His Hands
    Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: He Taught Them Not
    Don Gibson: We Could
    Hank Snow: Golden Rocket

    10:00: Standard Brands
    Roy Acuff (host): The One I Love Is Gone
    June Webb: Making Believe
    Flatt and Scruggs: Hundred Years
    Oswald: Sugar Time
    Fiddle Tune: Snow Flake Reel
    Roy Acuff: Wreck on the Highway
    Flatt and Scruggs: Six White Horses
    Del Wood: 12th Street Rag
    Roy Acuff: A Beautiful Home
    Jimmy Riddle: To Be Announced

    10:30: Delited
    Carlisles: Theme
    Marty Robbins (host): Singing The Blues
    Justin Tubb: I Gotta Go Get My Baby
    Carlisles: Dumb Bunny
    Marty Robbins: Rose of Old Pawnee
    Fiddle Tune: Katy Hill

    10:45: De Con
    Ferlin Husky (host): I Feel Better All Over
    Cowboy Copas: Tragic Romance
    Crook Brothers: Bile Them Cabbage Down
    Ferlin Husky: I Saw God
    Fiddle Tune: Fire in The Mountain

    11:00: Coca Cola
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Hank Snow (host): I Wish I Was The Moon
    Don Gibson: Oh Lonesome Me
    Hawkshaw Hawkins: It's Easier Said Than Done
    Stringbean: Hey Mr. Banjo
    Hank Snow: Whispering Rain
    Jean Shepard: I Love You Because
    Rod Brasfield: Comedy
    Don Gibson: Heartbreak Avenue
    Gully Jumpers: Devil's Dream
    Hank Snow: I'm Moving On

    11:30: Jamison Bedding
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Faron Young (host): Rosalie
    Bill Monroe: Sally Joe
    Cousin Jody: Don't Make Love in a Buggy
    Faron Young: I Miss You Already
    Fiddle Tune: Sally Goodin

    11:45: Midnight
    Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper (host): Diamond Joe
    Sam and Kirk: House of David Blues
    Fruit Jars: Walking In My Sleep
    Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper: Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill
    Fiddle Tune: Ragtime Annie

  13. I agree that a posthumous category should be included.The sooner,the better like 2014.

  14. Great discussion and info as always. I have a different program I thought you might like to see featuring the Everly Brothers - this one from June 1, 1957:

    7:30: Nabisco
    Roy Acuff: Sunshine Special
    Ladell Sisters: Gonna Find Me A Blue Bird
    Oswald: The Girls Don't Pay Me No Mind
    Roy Acuff: Drifting Too Far From The Shore

    7:45: American Ace
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Faron Young: I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die
    Odie & Jody: Unpucker
    Porter Wagoner: Good Morning Neighbor
    Faron Young: Shrine Of St. Cecelia
    Fiddle Tune: Old Joe Clark

    8:00: Martha White
    Flatt & Scruggs: No Doubt About It
    Jim Reeves: Four Walls
    Everly Brothers: Bye Bye Love
    June & Smokey: Comedy
    Flatt & Scruggs: Six White Horses
    Justin Tubb: Pepper Hot Baby
    Jim Reeves: According To My Heart
    Possum Hunters: Billy In The Low Ground
    Everly Brothers: I Wonder If Care As Much
    Flatt & Scruggs: Earl's Breakdown

    8:30: Prince Albert
    Ray Price: Crazy Arms
    Rod Brasfield: Comedy
    Merle Travis: Sixteen Tons
    Fiddle Tune: Mississippi Sawyer
    Ray Price: In The Garden
    Chet Atkins: Country Gentleman
    Minnie Pearl: Comedy
    Jimmy Dean: Happy Child
    Stringbean: Lonesome Road Blues
    Ray Price: I've Got A New Heartache
    Fiddle Tune: Katy Hill

    9:00: Jefferson Island
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Jimmy Dickens: Happy Heartaches
    Bill Monroe: Fallen Star
    Del Wood: Rockin 88
    T. Texas Tyler: Oklahoma Hills
    Louvin Brothers: Don't Laugh
    Jimmy Dickens: I Never Had The Blues
    Jordanaires: Sugaree
    Bill Monroe: Cheyenne
    Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hollow Poplar
    Louvin Brothers: The First One To Love You
    Jimmy Dickens: Big Sandy

    9:30: Stephens
    Lonzo & Oscar: Theme
    Hank Snow: Music Making Mama
    Porter Wagoner: Who Will It Be
    Lonzo & Oscar: Charming Betsy
    Ladell Sisters: Ninety Nine Ways
    Hank Snow: Marriage And Divorce
    Maybelle Carter: Gold Watch And Chain
    Stonewall Jackson: Don't Be Angry
    Crook Brothers: Sally Goodin
    Porter Wagoner: Uncle Pen
    Hank Snow: Rumba Boogie

    10:00: Wall-Rite
    Roy Acuff: Streamlined Cannon Ball
    Justin Tubb: You Nearly Lose Your Mind
    Stringbean: Fireball Mail
    Roy Acuff: If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again
    Howdy Forrester: Money Musk

    10:15: Delited
    Ladell Sisters: Theme
    Ray Price: Wasted Words
    Odie & Jody: Georgiana Waltz
    Ladell Sisters: Love Letters In The Sand
    Ray Price: You Done Me Wrong
    Fiddle Tune: Soldier's Joy

    10:30: Hester Battery
    Jim Reeves: I Know That You Know
    Flatt & Scruggs: Salty Dog Blues
    June Carter: Comedy
    Jim Reeves: Waiting For A Train
    Fiddle Tune: Turkey In The Straw

    10:45: De Con
    Faron Young: Until I Met You
    Louvin Brothers: You're Running Wild
    Crook Brothers: Black Mountain Rag
    Faron Young: I'll Be Satisfied With Love
    Fiddle Tune: Cacklin Hen

    11:00: Coca Cola
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Hank Snow: Honey Moon On A Rocket Ship
    Everly Brothers: Bye Bye Love
    Del Wood: After Five
    Bill Monroe: Sitting Alone In The Moonlight
    Lonzo & Oscar: Blondes Blondes Blondes
    Hank Snow: Conscience I'm Guilty
    Chet Atkins: Martingale
    Mother Maybelle: Wildwood Flower
    Gully Jumpers: Leather Britches
    Everly Brothers: I Wonder If I Care As Much
    Hank Snow: Rumba Boogie

    11:30: Jamison
    Jordanaires: Theme
    Jimmy Dickens: Cornbread And Buttermilk
    T. Texas Tyler: Old Blue
    Stonewald Jackson: Stop Your Naggin Now
    Jimmy Dickens: What About Me
    Fiddle Tune: Old Joe Clark

    11:45: Sustaining
    Porter Wagoner: Uncle Pen
    Sam & Kirk McGee: I Was Sort Of Wondering
    Merle Travis: John Henry
    Fruit Jar Drinkers: Fruit Jar Breakdown
    Porter Wagoner: What Would You Do

    1. Great lineup Robert. Some interesting guests, including Merle Travis, Jimmy Dean and T. Texas Tyler. It's my understanding that Opry membership was extended to T. Texas Tyler at some point in the 1950's and he turned it down.

  15. David, according to Hank Snow, he brought in T. Texas Tyler as a member or performer as part of an effort to help get him off of a drug addiction. It turned out he hadn't quit, although he later did. Mr. Snow tells the story--and it's quite a story--in his autobiography.