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  • Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Opry Member, Dies at 94

    01/02/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 2, 2015 | AP
    Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said. Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have...
  • Country Legend George Hamilton IV Dead at 77

    09/18/2014 6:39:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 18, 2014 | Stephen L. Betts
    George Hamilton IV, whose gentle demeanor and soothing folk-country vocal style earned him worldwide acclaim, died Wednesday (September 17th) at a Nashville hospital, following a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday. He was 77. A 50-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, Hamilton was known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," having toured successfully throughout Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and Australia... In 1963, he scored his greatest success with "Abilene." ...
  • Grand Ole Opry returns to fixed-up digs 6 months after flood

    09/29/2010 12:59:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 9/29/10 | CHRIS TALBOTT,AP Entertainment Writer
    NASHVILLE — The Grand Ole Opry has ended its itinerant ways and returned home. A host of country music's enduring legends joined some of today's biggest names on stage Tuesday night to kick off the "Country Comes Home" celebration. They began with a stirring rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" as the curtain rose at the Opry house for the first time since the May flood damaged the building. The nation's longest running live radio program never missed a beat, moving around town to venues such as the Ryman Auditorium and War Memorial Auditorium, as laborers worked feverishly for...
  • Charlie Daniels Invited to Become the Next Member of the Grand Ole Opry

    11/19/2007 10:07:11 PM PST · by alnick · 36 replies · 89+ views ^ | 11/19/07
    Charlie Daniels Invited to Become the Next Member of the Grand Ole Opry Martina McBride Extends Surprise Invitation During Daniels' Christmas For Kids Benefit Show Legendary country superstar Charlie Daniels was surprised with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry this evening. Daniels was hosting his annual Christmas For Kids benefit show at the historic Ryman Auditorium when Opry member Martina McBride delivered the surprise Opry invitation. After McBride walked on stage with what appeared to be a Christmas gift for Daniels, she opened the small box she was holding to reveal a Christmas card...
  • Porter Wagoner returns from obscurity

    08/10/2007 2:24:18 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 554+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 10, 2007 | JOHN GEROME
    Excerpt - NEW YORK - Porter Wagoner looks right at home in the marble lobby of Manhattan's Roosevelt Hotel. He wears a dark Western suit and tie and holds a shiny black cane. The glare from the crystal chandelier reflects off his eyeglasses as he tilts his head back, trying to remember the last time he played Madison Square Garden. Sometime in the '70s ... one of those package tours ... Little Jimmie Dickens and Faron Young were there ... some others he can't recall ... Back then, "The Thin Man from West Plains" was still the grand showman of...
  • Bush Tries to Ride Post-Speech Momentum (Jennifer Loven/AP Barf Alert!)

    02/01/2006 9:22:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 495+ views
    AP on ^ | 2/1/06 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON - After kicking off the fall campaign season, President Bush took to the road Wednesday to capitalize on the attention surrounding his State of the Union speech last night. The President will recap his top initiatives in a speech Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., at the Grand Ole Opry. Last night, Bush painted Democrats as defeatist for criticizing his march to war in Iraq and protectionist for questioning new trade deals and tax-cut extensions. Encumbered by some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, Bush hoped to take charge of the agenda at the start of a year that...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 2.1.06

    02/01/2006 3:48:00 PM PST · by GretchenM · 225 replies · 3,195+ views, ^ | Wednesday February 1, 2006 | GretchenM
    The president went to Nashville, Tennessee, today, to give a speech on his 2006 agenda. He signed a proclamation in honor of American Heart Month. There are pick up photos from last night of Associate Justice Alito's ceremonial swearing in, and from the president's State of the Union speech. Welcome to Sanity Island!!!!!
  • How Grand Ole Opry Was Invented - 80 Years Ago Today First Broadcast

    11/28/2005 1:48:00 PM PST · by tallhappy · 149 replies · 5,993+ views
    American Heritage ^ | 11-28-05 | Joshua Zeitz
    How Grand Ole Opry Was Invented Eighty years ago today George Dewey Hay, the new program director at Nashville’s radio station WSM, persuaded a 77-year-old amateur fiddle player from Tennessee named Uncle Jimmy Thompson to drop by and play some old-time tunes on the air. Hay had a notion that his listeners would like that. Was he ever right. The broadcast proved so popular that on December 26 WSM launched a regular Saturday afternoon show, Barn Dance, featuring Uncle Jimmy and a growing assortment of guest performers. They did the show in a small fifth-story studio at the National Life...
  • Grand Ole Opry Celebrates 80th Year

    04/24/2005 4:38:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 260+ views
    AP ^ | 4/24/5 | JOHN GEROME
    Nashville -- His Grand Ole Opry debut? Charley Pride remembers it well. "It was 1967, January 1," Pride snaps. "Ernest Tubb brought me on, and I was more nervous than a cat on a hot tin roof." That's how most performers feel about the Opry, the folksy live radio show that's helped define country music for four decades. The stage with the red barn backdrop is hallowed ground in Nashville, and entertainers still consider their first performance there a milestone. The show turns 80 this year, and while the anniversary doesn't have the bang of a 75th or a 100th,...
  • Rumsfeld appearance a hit with Opry fans

    04/23/2005 9:06:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,894+ views
    AP ^ | 4/23/5
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As members of the U.S. military watched on television via satellite from Iraq, Dolly Parton invited their boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, onstage at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday. The audience applauded as Rumsfeld appeared and thanked the troops serving in the military. As people entered the auditorium for Saturday's show they were given postcards with "America supports you," printed on them. Audience members waved the cards and shouted their support to the troops watching on television. Rumsfeld was sitting in the front row as Parton sang her hit "Coat of Many Colors" before he was...
  • 'Grand Ole Opry Live' leaving Country Music Television for smaller network

    09/04/2003 11:32:48 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 359+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The live telecast of the Grand Ole Opry is moving from Country Music Television to its smaller competitor, Great American Country. The hour-long country music show, "Grand Ole Opry Live," has appeared on CMT every Saturday night since 2001. It draws 1.5 million to 2 million viewers and was CMT's highest-rated weekly series. The move means the TV broadcast will reach fewer viewers. Great American Country, started in 1996, reaches only 25.2 million U.S. households, compared to the more than 70 million households reached by CMT. "There isn't a bigger, longer-running music show on TV...