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Fan Fair: Family Reunion | Country Music: A Nashville Story

In 1976, the Bicentennial summer, country music fans flocked by the thousands to Nashville for the annual Fan Fair. Many came to see stars of the Wheeling Jamboree, National Barn Dance, Louisiana Hayride and Nashville's own Grand Ole Opry. They came to see performers who’d ridden the range with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and were now appearing on the Country Music Association’s Family Reunion Show.

AIRED: June 02, 2020 | 0:58:34
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- [Narrator] Each June, country music lovers

by the thousands, flock to Nashville

for the annual Fan Fair.

For most, it's a chance to see

and meet the stars of country music.

But for a few, it's a chance to renew old friendships,

to turn back the clock.

These are more than fans,

they're songwriters, singers and musicians,

the stars of the great old radio programs

like the Wheeling Jamboree, the National Barn Dance,

the Louisiana Hayride and Nashville's own Grand Ole Opry.

They rode the range with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry

with a six-gun in one hand and a guitar in the other.

They've come back to Nashville

to be a part of the Fan Fair celebration.

For a week, they visited with fans,

signed autographs and had a lot of fun.

Now it's time to take their fiddles down off the wall,

tune up and walk out on the stage

for the Country Music Association's#^ Family Reunion Show.

(upbeat fiddle music)

Leading things off is the band that invented Western Swing,

Bob Wills, Texas Playboys.

(upbeat music)

(audience cheering)

- [Man] Here was our biggest hit, 1941, San Antonio Rose.

(gentle fiddle music)

♪ Deep within my heart lies a melody ♪

♪ A song of old San Antone

♪ Where in dreams I live with a memory ♪

♪ Beneath the stars all alone

♪ It was there I found beside the Alamo ♪

♪ Enchantment strange as the blue up above ♪

♪ A moonlit pass that only she would know ♪

♪ Still hears my broken song of love ♪

♪ Moon in all your splendor know only my heart ♪

♪ Call back my rose, rose of San Antone ♪

♪ Lips so sweet and tender like petals falling apart ♪

♪ Speak once again of my love, my own ♪

♪ Broken song, empty words I know ♪

♪ Still live in my heart all alone ♪

♪ But that moonlit pass by the Alamo ♪

♪ And Rose, my Rose of San Antone ♪

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] There were many singing cowboys

but Patsy Montana starred on the National Barn Dance

as a singing cowgirl.

Backed by The Prairie Ramblers,

she was the first woman in country music

to have a million selling record

with her 1935 recording

of I Want To Be A Cowboys Sweetheart.

(upbeat music)

♪ I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart ♪

♪ I want to learn to rope and to ride ♪

♪ I want to ride o'er the plains and the desert ♪

♪ Out west of the great divide

♪ I want to hear the coyotes howlin' ♪

♪ While the sun sets in the West ♪

♪ I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart ♪

♪ The life that I love best

(upbeat yodeling)

Now a little western swing.

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ I want to ride Old Paint, goin' at a run ♪

♪ I wanna feel the wind in my face ♪

♪ A thousand miles from all these lights ♪

♪ Goin' a cowhand's pace

♪ I want to pillow my head near the sleeping herd ♪

♪ While the moon shines down from above ♪

♪ I want to strum my guitar and odo-lay-eee-hee ♪

♪ Oh, that's the life that I love ♪

(upbeat yodeling)

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] The Crook Brothers, Lewis and Herman,

first appeared on WSM Radio in 1925.

A fixture on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years.

Here to perform the classic Lost John,

here's Herman Crook.

(upbeat harmonica music)

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] Starting on WLS in Chicago,

Bradley Kincaid appeared

on nearly every major Barn Dance program,

during the '20s and '30s.

Billed as the Kentucky mountain boy,

he collected and recorded authentic mountain ballads.

One of the pioneers of country music Bradley Kincaid.

♪ And a great big Methodist pie ♪

♪ Oh, little children I believe ♪

♪ Oh, little children I believe ♪

♪ Oh, little children I believe ♪

♪ I'm a Methodist till I die

♪ I'm a Methodist, Methodist 'tis my belief ♪

♪ Methodist till I die

♪ When old grim death comes a knockin' at the door ♪

♪ I'm a Methodist till I die

- [Narrator] With his brother Joe, Bill Callahan

began performing in 1923.

Later appearing on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance

and the Louisiana Hayride.

A 50 year veteran, Bill Callahan.

♪ Now you can blow your whistle ♪

♪ Mamma you can toot your horn

♪ You can blow your whistle

♪ Mamma you can toot your horn

♪ You gonna wake up some morning ♪

♪ And find your daddy gone

(upbeat yodeling)

- [Narrator] John Lair's Renfro Valley Barn Dance

was the home of many country singers.

Remembering Renfro Valley are Buddy Bain,

Virginia Sutton Bray and the Renfro Valley Folks.

♪ And the dark wood blossoms blow ♪

♪ I'll be there in Renfro Valley ♪

♪ As in days of long ago

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] Country music is known

for some good guitar picking.

And one of the best is the man

who taught Merle Travis and Ike Everly, Mose Rager.

(upbeat guitar music)

(audience applauds)

(upbeat guitar music)

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Recording artist, Disc Jockey

and long time member

of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree is Lee Moore.

♪ If anyone should ask you who composed this song ♪

♪ Say Lee Moore and we sing it all day long ♪

♪ Everybody now

♪ Takes a worried man to sing a worried song ♪

♪ It takes a worried man to sing a worried song ♪

♪ It takes a worried man to sing a worried song ♪

♪ I'm worried now but I won't be worried long ♪

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Ann Jones & Her Western Sweethearts

represent a unique part of country music,

the all girl band.

(upbeat music)

♪ Gonna build myself some castles ♪

♪ Gonna set myself a goal

♪ I'm gonna give it all I've got to give ♪

♪ I'm gonna throw away my crutches ♪

♪ Gonna stand on my own two feet ♪

♪ I'm gonna put it together my own way and live ♪

♪ Not gonna ask no one for nothin' ♪

♪ Gonna take what I can take

♪ You're not gonna find me spending my time alone ♪

♪ I'm not gonna blame nobody

♪ For any mistakes I've made

♪ From now on they're gonna be my own ♪

- [Narrator] A recording artist and songwriter, Pete Pyle

has had songs recorded by George Jones, Porter Wagner

and Willie Nelson.

For the reunion, he sings Loving Lies.

♪ I'll never understand, dear

♪ As long as I live

♪ I guess I will always wonder why ♪

♪ You told me that you loved me ♪

♪ With all of your heart

♪ And then without a warning

♪ Said goodbye

- [Narrator] One of the best known

of the country music radio shows

was the National Barn Dance from Chicago.

A star of the Barn Dance, for over 30 years

was Dolph Hewitt.

♪ Jealous heart oh jealous heart stop beating ♪

♪ Can't you see the damage you have done ♪

♪ You have driven her away forever ♪

♪ Jealous heart now I'm the lonely one ♪

♪ She was part of everything I planned for ♪

♪ And I know she loved me from the start ♪

♪ Now she hates the sight off all I stand for ♪

♪ All because of you old jealous heart ♪

Take the move on.

- [Narrator] A feature on every radio show

was a country comedian.

One of the best, went on to become

one of the founders of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance

and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Whitey Ford better known as The Duke of Paducah.

Let me get up here so the ladies of Fan Fair can see me.

The sex symbol of country music.

(audience laughs)

The lady down there said that old man is cute.

I can be had honey. I'm a little hard to get

(audience laughs)

at 78 but I can be had.

Not for long but for sure.

(laughs)

(audience laughs)

I'm gonna to the wagon these shoes are killing me.

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Tommy Scott and the Georgia Peanut Band

have been performing for over 40 years.

Along the way, they have featured such names

as Lash LeRoux, Stringbean, Tim McCoy

and Johnny Mack Brown.

Here with a closer look at a Medicine Show,

is Ramblin' Tommy Scott.

♪ Well now medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ A bottle for a dollar

♪ Two dollar hot

♪ Monkey on the chain just to make you laugh ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ A long tall man with a great big whip ♪

♪ Got a big city pitch that will always win ♪

♪ Don't matter if the weather is hot or cold ♪

♪ He knows them birds have gotta be sold ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ A bottle for a dollar

♪ Two dollar hot

♪ Monkey on the chain just to make you laugh ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

(upbeat harmonica music)

♪ With the medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ A bottle for a dollar

♪ A two dollar hot

♪ Monkey on the chain just to make you laugh ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

♪ Medicine man a pitching emerged ♪

♪ At the Old Time Medicine Show ♪

(upbeat banjo music)

Well, do you see the bottle?

- Yeah, we see the bottle.

- It's full of the stuff.

- It's full of the stuff.

- Now you can trust the bottle.

- Yeah, we trust the bottle.

♪ And tell 'em you got it at the Medicine Show. ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles

♪ That cure of mother natures herbs and berries and wine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

- Now if you got the itch so bad,

takes two to help you scratch.

- Scratch, scratch.

- And if you can't hear thunder

'cause your ears are full of wax.

- Full of wax.

- If your shopper book is dead

keep calling you a dirty heel.

- A dirty heel.

- Don't let your nerves get shocked apart.

And I will just scream.

Just take a dose or two will cure all

and your trouble gotta go.

- Gotta go.

- And tell 'em you got it at the Medicine Show.

- At the Medicine Show.

♪ Take well

♪ That cure of mother natures herbs and berries and wine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ That cure of mother natures herbs and berries and wine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ That cure of mother natures herbs and berries and wine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ That cure of mother natures herbs and berries and wine ♪

♪ Take well

♪ Take well these bottles a cure of ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

♪ Guaranteed to make you feel fine ♪

- [All] So long Doc.

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] Country western music

has a long tradition of singing cowboys.

Ray Whitley wrote the Hollywood Range

as the singing sidekick to George O'Brien and Tim Holt.

He was also a successful band leader and songwriter.

Here with a song he wrote and Gene Autry made famous,

is Ray Whitley.

(audience applauds)

♪ Out where a friend is a friend ♪

♪ Where the longhorn cattle feed ♪

♪ On the lowly jimsonweed

♪ Back in the saddle again

♪ Ridin' the range once more

♪ Totin' my old 44

♪ I sleep out every night

♪ Where the only law is right

♪ Back in the saddle again

Everybody.

♪ Whoopi-ty-aye-oh

♪ Rockin' to and fro

♪ Back in the saddle again

♪ Whoopi-ty-aye-yay

♪ I go my way

♪ Back in the saddle again

(gentle yodeling)

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Starting out as a college professor,

Jimmie Davis soon switched to music.

Singing both country and gospel,

Jimmie interrupted his singing career twice

to serve two terms as governor of Louisiana.

He has influenced the careers of many country artists

and wrote, perhaps, the best known of all country songs.

- While I was with three other country musicians,

quite a few years ago,

who stormed into country trying to make a little dough,

who made all the chili joints, eating hotdogs and stews

and at night time three deep in a moving bed,

all singing the hard time blues.

Hoping someday we'd record a hit

and things would be sweet.

Then we'd just settle down

on a place you'd call easy street.

It so happened on one July the 6th,

we recorded Little Did He, it went something like this.

♪ The other night dear

♪ As I lay sleeping

♪ I dreamed I held you in my arms ♪

♪ But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken ♪

♪ So I hung my head and cried

Here we go.

♪ You are my sunshine, my only sunshine ♪

♪ You make me happy when skies are gray ♪

♪ You'll never know, dear, how much I love you ♪

♪ Please don't take my sunshine away ♪

Listen folks, I wanna tell you something

and tell you for sure.

You know there's not much that,

that old sunshine won't cure.

So, when you're down and you're feeling kinda low

just walk right out in it's golden glow.

Try not to worry and don't ever whine.

Yes, there were good friends and neighbors

and all you gotta to do is just take a little bit,

just a spoonful.

The old time is sunshine.

Now here I go, one more time

with the Fan Fair choir.

♪ You are my sunshine, my only sunshine ♪

♪ You make me happy when skies are gray ♪

♪ You'll never know, dear, how much I love you ♪

♪ Please don't take my sunshine away ♪

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] There had been many husband and wife teams

in country music.

But one of the earliest and best known

came out of the National Barn Dance in Chicago.

Lulu Belle and Scotty were hits,

not only as performers,

but wrote many popular songs including Mountain Dew

and their biggest hit,

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Retired since 1958, Scotty Wiseman

is pursuing a second career as a teacher.

While Lulu Belle is now a member

of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

♪ Have I told you lately that I love you ♪

♪ Could I tell you once again somehow ♪

♪ Have I told with all my heart and soul ♪

♪ How I adore you

♪ Well darling, I'm telling you now ♪

♪ This heart would break in two if you refuse me ♪

♪ I'm no good without you anyhow ♪

♪ Dear have I told you lately that I love you ♪

♪ Well darling, I'm telling you now ♪

(whistles)

♪ Have I told you lately how I miss you ♪

♪ When the stars are shining in the sky ♪

♪ Have I told you who I'd like to share my love forever ♪

♪ Well darling I'm telling you now ♪

♪ This heart would break in two if you refuse me ♪

♪ I'm no good without you anyhow ♪

♪ Dear have I told you lately that I love you ♪

♪ Well darling, my darling, I'm telling you now ♪

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Another great husband and wife team

was formed in Nashville in 1937

when Curly Fox met Texas Ruby.

Curly and Ruby appeared for many years

on the Grand Ole Opry

where Curly delighted audiences with his humor

and trick fiddling.

- Oh boy.

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ Now Johnson had an old gray mule ♪

♪ His name was silent sleep

♪ He'd roll his eyes and switch his tail ♪

♪ And how that mule could kick

♪ He took him down to the foot of the hill ♪

♪ To try him out one day

♪ Every time he'd hit that mule ♪

♪ That old gray mule would say

♪ That mule would say

Here's the pretty part now.

That mule is getting old buddy.

The mule is getting old.

(whistles)

(laughs)

(whistles)

Oh yeah.

(whistles)

♪ Rode him down the way

Get him boy.

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ Now this old mule, he kicked

♪ He kicked through his dying breath ♪

♪ He stuck his hind leg down his throat ♪

♪ And he kicked his self to death ♪

♪ That mule would say

You can't expect a mule to bray after 45 years on the road.

(audience laughs)

I wouldn't make fun of you

if you was up here making a jackass out of yourself.

I'd be good to you.

(whistles)

(laughs)

Have you got a mule, you wanna lend me?

Sit down somewhere.

Where you think you're at, in the pool hall?

(laughs)

(whistles)

♪ Rolled him down the way

♪ The mule say

♪ Tie a little knot rope before he runs away ♪

♪ That mule would say

(yodels)

He couldn't yodel.

He couldn't yodel.

(laughs)

I tell you what though buddy,

he was a good alarm clock.

He'd wake us up at five o'clock in the evening, you know

and five o'clock in the morning

just as regular as the sun come up.

I think he did.

Oh boy.

(whistles)

(audience cheering)

(upbeat fiddle music)

Thank you very much and goodbye.

(audience cheering)

- [Narrator] Famous for his event songs

such as Amelia Earhart's Last Flight,

Red River Dave also holds the distinction

of being one of television's first country performers,

appearing at the RCA exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair.

- By the way this is a true story.

♪ Gather round me folks

♪ I'll sing about a girl named Sandra West ♪

♪ And oh she died in California ♪

♪ Still she loved old Texas best ♪

♪ When they read her moneyed will ♪

♪ It was rather bizarre

♪ She said I must be entered in my blue Ferrari car ♪

♪ Oh they buried her behind the wheel ♪

♪ The car in overdrive

♪ In a comfortable position just like she was alive ♪

♪ Beyond the pearly gates

♪ And the crossing of the bar

♪ She's cruising up to heaven in her blue Ferrari car ♪

♪ Oh the brave one day way down in Texas land ♪

♪ Propped her up behind the wheel ♪

♪ With drivers license in her hand ♪

♪ Just a rifle shot away

♪ From the famous Alamo

♪ You can hear the mourners crying ♪

♪ Boy what a way to go

♪ Oh they buried her behind the wheel ♪

♪ The car in overdrive

♪ In a comfortable position

♪ Just like she was alive

♪ Beyond the pearly gates

♪ And the crossing of the bar

♪ She is cruising up to heaven

♪ In her blue Ferrari car

(yodeling)

♪ In the quiet of the evening

♪ Just beyond a street called Pine ♪

♪ Oh and the breezes on the tomb stones ♪

♪ You can hear a motor whine

♪ Some folks say it's Sandra West ♪

♪ A San Antonio star

♪ Just revving up the motor of her blue Ferrari car ♪

♪ Oh they buried her behind the wheel ♪

♪ The car in overdrive

♪ In a comfortable position

♪ Just like she was alive

♪ Beyond the pearly gates

♪ And the crossing of the bar

♪ She's cruising up to heaven in her blue Ferrari car ♪

(upbeat music)

♪ Oh they buried her behind the wheel ♪

♪ The car in overdrive

♪ In a comfortable position

♪ Just like she was alive

♪ Beyond the pearly gates

♪ And the crossing of the bar

♪ She's cruising up to heaven in her blue Ferrari car ♪

(upbeat music)

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] In 1935, Bradley Kincaid

hired a young banjo player

who's distinctive style and humor soon made him a hit.

His success soon took him to the Wheeling Jamboree

and after a tour in the army, to the Grand Ole Opry.

With his wife Ramona, here is Grandpa Jones.

- I would like to say that this little tune of ours

is written by Miss. Sydney Walker,

a lady out in Texas that wrote many a good song.

This is one of her funny songs, goes like this.

♪ Pliney Jane, Pliney Jane, I'll meet you 'neath the pine ♪

♪ Way down in the piney woods

♪ When the moon begins to shine ♪

♪ Plink Plink Plank said the harper ♪

♪ Fiddle laloo said the piper

♪ Hear da ding said the fiddler sing ♪

♪ Of all the girls in all this world ♪

♪ There's none like Pliney Jane ♪

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ Well Pliney Jane, the sweetest thing ♪

♪ Everywhere she goes

♪ Everywhere she puts her foot a little flower grows ♪

♪ Pliney Jane, Pliney Jane, I'll meet you 'neath the pines ♪

♪ Way down in the piney woods when the moon begins to shine ♪

♪ Plink Plink Plank said the harper ♪

♪ Fiddle laloo said the piper

♪ Hear da ding said the fiddler sing ♪

♪ Of all the girls in all this world ♪

♪ There's none like Pliney Jane ♪

(upbeat banjo music)

♪ Well if had a pot of gold

♪ I'd buy a diamond ring

♪ As big as Old Rock Mountain

♪ For the hand of Pliney Jane

♪ Pliney Jane, Pliney Jane, I'll meet you 'neath the pines ♪

♪ Way down in the piney woods when the moon begins to shine ♪

♪ Plink Plink Plank said the harper ♪

♪ Fiddle laloo said the piper

♪ Hear da ding said the fiddler sing ♪

♪ Of all the girls in all this world ♪

♪ There's none like Pliney Jane ♪

♪ Pliney Jane, Pliney Jane, I'll meet you 'neath the pines ♪

♪ Way down in the piney woods when the moon begins to shine ♪

♪ Plink Plink Plank said the harper ♪

♪ Fiddle laloo said the piper

♪ Hear da ding said the fiddler sing ♪

♪ Of all the girls in all this world ♪

♪ There's none like Pliney Jane ♪

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Charlie Walker started out

as a member of Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers in 1943.

But his success as an announcer

made him one of Billboard Magazine's

top ten country music DJs.

He later appeared on the Louisiana Hayride

and is now a member of the Grand Ole Opry,

a great golfer and a great singer, Charlie Walker.

♪ You were mine for just awhile ♪

♪ Now you're putting on the style ♪

♪ And you never once looked back ♪

♪ At your home across the track ♪

♪ You're the gossip of the town ♪

♪ But my heart can still be found ♪

♪ Where you tossed it on the ground ♪

♪ Pick me up on your way down

♪ Pick me up on your way down

♪ When you're blue and all alone ♪

♪ When their glamor starts to bore you ♪

♪ Come on back where you belong ♪

♪ You maybe their pride and joy ♪

♪ But they'll find another toy

♪ Then they'll take away your crown ♪

♪ Pick me up on your way down

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ They have changed your attitude ♪

♪ Made you honey and so rude

♪ Your new friends can take the blame ♪

♪ Underneath your still the same ♪

♪ When you learn these things are true ♪

♪ I'll be waiting here for you

♪ As you tumble to the ground

♪ Pick me up on your way down

♪ Pick me up on your way down

♪ When you're blue and all alone ♪

♪ When their glamor starts to bore you ♪

♪ Come on back where you belong ♪

♪ You maybe their pride and joy ♪

♪ But they'll find another toy

♪ Then they'll take away your crown ♪

♪ Pick me up on your way down

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] In the early '50s

there was no question that the top country band

in the United States

was Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys.

Formed in 1934 from Gene Autry's show,

the Golden West Cowboys appeared on the Grand Ole Opry

before also heading west to make movies.

They appeared in many republic westerns

with Johnny Mack Brown and other cowboy heroes.

During the war the Golden West Cowboys toured army camps

as part of the Camel Caravan show

organized by the Opry to entertain the troops.

During it's lifetime the Golden West Cowboys

included such stars as Eddy Arnold,

Cowboy Copas, Pete Pyle and Red Stewart.

Pee Wee and Red wrote many of the bands' hits

including, The Tennessee Waltz, Slow Poke,

You Belong To Me and Bonaparte's Retreat.

♪ I met the girl that I love in a town way down in Dixie ♪

♪ Beneath the stars up above

♪ She was the sweetest girl I ever did see ♪

♪ So I held her in my arms

♪ And told her of her many charms ♪

♪ I kissed her while the fiddles played ♪

♪ The Bonaparte's Retreat

♪ All the world was bright

♪ As I held her on that night

♪ And I heard her say

♪ Don't you go away

♪ So I held her in my arms

♪ And told her of her many charms ♪

♪ I kissed her while the fiddes played ♪

♪ The Bonaparte's Retreat

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ All the world was bright as I held her on that night ♪

♪ And I heard her say

♪ Don't you ever go away

♪ So I held her in my arms

♪ And told her of her many charms ♪

♪ I kissed her while everybody played ♪

♪ The Bonaparte's Retreat

♪ Yes I held her in my arms

♪ And told her of her many charms ♪

♪ I kissed her while the fiddles played ♪

♪ The Bonaparte's Retreat

Thank you.

(audience applauds)

Thank you so much.

Pee Wee you got me confused.

- Why? - For 38 years

you've been standing behind me here playing the accordion.

- I don't have it with me. - Now there you over there,

you should be over here.

- I should be there, I'll come and join you.

- A commentator you do good at.

But you're a better musician and a singer.

I go an idea. - What?

- Why don't we do the song that we always have to do.

- No matter where we play.

- No matter where we go it's always mandatory

that we do this one song.

Do you feel up to it today?

- [Pee Wee] I feel great.

I feel I'm at home in Nashville.

- We're always home in Nashville.

(gentle music)

♪ I was waltzing with my darling ♪

♪ To the Tennessee Waltz

♪ When an old friend I happened to see ♪

♪ I introduced her to my loved one ♪

♪ And while they were dancing

♪ My friend stole my sweetheart from me ♪

♪ I remember the night

♪ And the Tennessee Waltz

♪ Now I know just how much I have lost ♪

♪ Yes, I lost my little darling ♪

♪ The night they were playing

♪ The beautiful Tennessee Waltz ♪

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] Long a noted authority

on American folk music and culture,

Jimmy Driftwood has also achieved fame as a songwriter.

His song Tennessee Stud was a hit for Eddy Arnold.

But his biggest hit was recorded by Johnny Horton,

The Battle of New Orleans.

♪ Well in 1814 we took a little trip ♪

♪ Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip' ♪

♪ We took a little bacon and we took a little beans ♪

♪ And we met the bloody British in the town of New Orleans ♪

♪ We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin' ♪

♪ There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago ♪

♪ We fired once more and they began to runnin' ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

♪ I see'd Mars Jackson walking down the street ♪

♪ Talking to a pirate by the name of Gene Lefiet ♪

♪ He gave Gene a drink that he brought from Tennessee ♪

♪ And the pirate said he'd help us ♪

♪ Drive the British in the sea

♪ The French said Andrew you'd better run ♪

♪ For pack hounds are coming

♪ With a bullet in his gun

♪ Hickory said he didn't give a damn ♪

♪ He's gonna rip the bridges off a colonel ♪

♪ We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin ♪

♪ There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago ♪

♪ We fired once more and they began to runnin' ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

♪ We looked down the river

♪ And we see'd the British come ♪

♪ And there must've been a hundred of 'em ♪

♪ Beating on the drum

♪ Stepped so high and they made the bugles rain ♪

♪ Stood beside a cotton bale didn't say a thing ♪

♪ Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise ♪

♪ If we didn't fire our muskets ♪

♪ 'till we looked 'em in the eyes ♪

♪ We held our fire 'till we seed their faces well ♪

♪ Opened up our squirrel guns and gave 'em, hell ♪

♪ We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin' ♪

♪ There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago ♪

♪ We fired once more and they began to runnin' ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

♪ We fired our cannon 'till the barrel melted down ♪

♪ So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round ♪

♪ Filled his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind ♪

♪ And when we touched the powder off ♪

♪ The gator lost his mind

♪ We'll march back home

♪ But we'll never be content

♪ 'til they make Old Hickory the people's president ♪

♪ And every time we think about the bacon and the beans ♪

♪ We'll think about the fun we had down in New Orleans ♪

♪ We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin' ♪

♪ There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago ♪

♪ We fired once more and they began to runnin' ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

♪ Yeah they ran through the briers ♪

♪ And they ran through the brambles ♪

♪ And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go ♪

♪ They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

♪ We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin' ♪

♪ There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago ♪

♪ We fired once more and they began to runnin' ♪

♪ On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico ♪

Thank you.

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] There had been many western singing groups

but one of the best was undoubtedly

Foy Willing's Riders of the Purple Sage.

The Riders were formed in 1943

as members of the Hollywood Barn Dance.

But soon made a move into pictures

where they backed up another western singer, Roy Rogers.

Many of the songs they sang

where written by the groups leader, Foy Willing.

♪ Cool, clear water

(audience applauds)

♪ All day I've faced the barren waste ♪

♪ Without the taste of water

♪ Cool, clear water

♪ Old Dan and I with throats burned dry ♪

♪ And souls that cry for water

♪ Cool, clear water

♪ Keep a-movin, Dan

♪ Don't you listen to him, Dan

♪ He's a devil, not a man

♪ And he spreads the burning sand with water ♪

♪ Dan, can you see that big, green tree ♪

♪ Where the water's runnin' free ♪

♪ And it's waiting there for you and me ♪

♪ Cool, clear water

♪ Cool, clear water

♪ Water

♪ Water

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] One of the most revered names in country music

is that of Jimmie Rodgers the Singing Brakeman.

The last song he recorded

was written by young singer and recording artist

named Dwight Butcher.

♪ Looking through old love letters ♪

♪ That once made me happy and gay ♪

♪ But now my heart is breaking

♪ For the love of yesterday

You know it was a cold dreary May in New York City,

in the year 1933.

"He's arriving by boat from Galveston."

They said, "He's not in good health you see."

I had heard several years, now and then,

that he wasn't in good health.

He was suffering from the dreaded old TB.

But the courage and will he had to live and sing,

you wondered how this could be.

I was a young boy from the mountains,

way over in East Tennessee.

I came up to New York for the Victor Company.

And that year 1933,

you know I'll never forget that rainy morning,

he came over from the Taft Hotel,

a nurse walking closely beside him.

It will sure be the end if he fell.

A smile and a handshake from this great man,

I could see no sympathy needed here.

We talked for an hour or so of his trip

and occasionally the nurse would appear.

We finally got down to the music business

and I sang him a few of my songs.

He picked up his famous Old Martin Guitar.

As I sang he just strummed along.

He smiled now and then as he listened

"Kid."

He said, "Can I change a word or two?"

Then his thin trembling hands held the manuscript

of Old Love Letters Bring Memories of You.

In his room at the Taft Hotel that night,

I helped him rewrite my song.

He said, "I'll record it tomorrow kid,

"that is if I live that long."

The song you're listening to my friend

has a story behind each note.

The last song Jimmy Rodgers recorded,

I'm proud to say I wrote.

♪ The pages recall when you were my all ♪

♪ Love letters bring memories of you ♪

(audience applauds)

- [Narrator] 30 years ago a singer named Hank Williams

and his band the Drifting Cowboys

hit the country music scene.

Before his tragic death,

Hank Williams would become a legend.

Carrying on that legend are Hank Williams'

original Drifting Cowboys.

♪ Came in last night at half past ten ♪

♪ That baby of mine wouldn't let me in ♪

♪ So move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over little dog 'cause the big dog's moving in ♪

♪ The dog house here is mighty small ♪

♪ But it's better than no house at all ♪

♪ So get it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Slide it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over little dog 'cause a big dog's moving in ♪

The sound of Don Hounds on the steel

(upbeat music)

♪ Now remember pup, before you whine ♪

♪ That side's yours and this side's mine ♪

♪ So get it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Slide it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over short dog 'cause a tall dog's moving in ♪

Now brother Jerry Rivers.

(upbeat fiddle music)

♪ This dog house here is mighty small ♪

♪ But it's better than no house at all ♪

♪ So get it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Slide it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over little dog 'cause a big dog's moving in ♪

♪ Well she warned me once, she warned me twice ♪

♪ But I don't take no one's advice ♪

♪ So move it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Slide it on over

♪ Move it on over

♪ Move over little dog 'cause big dog's moving in ♪

(audience cheering)

(upbeat music)

♪ M

♪ I say M-O

♪ M-O-P

♪ M-O-P-P

♪ Mop

♪ R-A-G-G M-O-P-P-R

♪ I say R-A

♪ R-A-G

♪ R-A-G-G

♪ Rag

♪ R-A-G-G M-O-P-P

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ R-A-G-G M-O-P-P

♪ Rag Mop

(upbeat music)

♪ A

♪ I say A-B

♪ A-B-C

♪ A-B-C-D

♪ A-B-C-D-E

♪ A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I

♪ I say R-A

♪ R-A-G

♪ R-A-G-G

♪ Rag

♪ R-A-G-G M-O-P-P

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-Dah

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Doo-doo-doo-dah-dee-ah-Dah

♪ R-A-G-G M-O-P-P

♪ Rag Mop

♪ Mop mop

(upbeat music)

(audience cheering)

(upbeat music)

♪ I wandered so aimless life filled with sin ♪

♪ I wouldn't let my dear savior in ♪

♪ Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪

♪ No more darkness, no more night ♪

♪ Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

(upbeat music)

♪ Just like a blind man I wandered along ♪

♪ Worries and fears I kept for my own ♪

♪ But then like the blind man that God gave back his sight ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪

♪ No more darkness, no more night ♪

♪ Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

(upbeat music)

♪ I was a fool to wander and stray ♪

♪ Straight is the gate and narrow's the way ♪

♪ Now I have traded the wrong for the right ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪

♪ No more darkness, no more night ♪

♪ Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

Everybody sing with us now.

♪ I saw the light, I saw the light ♪

♪ No more darkness, no more night ♪

♪ Now I'm so happy no sorrow in sight ♪

♪ Praise the Lord I saw the light ♪

Thank you.

(audience applauds)


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