Country music series that represented the first televised attempt to present the Grand Ole Opry as a regular series.
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Eddie Hill ...
 Himself - Ad Pitchman (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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Rod Brasfield ...
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Though a staple of radio since its infancy, the Grand Ole Opry had never been presented on TV as a regular series until 1955. That's when ABC (long before The Nashville Network and Country Music Television were even thought of) began showing live Saturday night performances from the Grand Ole Opry. Dozens of country music performers of the day from Carl Smith and Webb Pierce to Kitty Wells and June Carter took the famous stage, performing their biggest hits. The "Grand Ole Opry" lasted just one year on ABC, but films from the series were rerun endlessly on local TV stations and later, PBS. It wouldn't be until the 1980s and its appearance on The Nashville Network that the "Grand Ole Opry" would become a long-term success. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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16 October 1955 (USA)  »

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The first time for the Opry on syndicated TV
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a show that lasted one season and many different videos from this show are floating around out there. Actually, this show only was on for one week a month during the summer of 1955 on ABC, and was in black and white (as opposed to the Grand Ole Opry color films that were made form 1954 to 1958 by Al Gannaway shown on television as "Stars of the Grand Ole Opry" as far in the future as the late seventies). The other three weeks were featuring "The Ozark Jubilee".

It is a televised incantation of the famous radio show that had been going for thirty years prior to this, and was a great idea. Loved the music featured on it, even though it was ten years before my time, and it was a great look into what made the Grand Ole Opry so famous to begin with. Five stars.


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