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Country Music Shows Since 1924
Big D Jamboree: KRLD Radio, Dallas, Texas; began 1947; held at Sporatorium which has 6,300 seats; first called Lone Star Barn Dance; 8:15-12:00 each Saturday night; Johnny Hicks, M. C. Past and present performers: Charlene Arthur; Benny Belew; Bobby Belew; Dough Bragg; Dick Burnet; Paul Buskirk; Homer Callahan; Ronnie Callahan; Walter Callahan; Bert Carrol; Riley Crabtree; Orville Couch; Dianne Foster; Gus Foster; Artie Glenn; Darrell Glenn; Cousin Herald Goodman; Dewey Groom; Helen Hall; Johnny Harper; Johnny Hicks; Jimmy and Johnny; Sonny James; Okie Jones; Merle Kilgore; Hank Locklin; Eddy McDuff; Marvin Montgomery; Gene O'Quin; Peach Seed; LeFawn Paul; Carl Perkins; Ray Price; Wilford Roach; Bob Roy; Sun­shine Ruby; Billy Jack Saicier; Hank Snow; Al Turner; Gene Vincent; Billy Walker; Bobby Williamson; Slim Willet; etc. On CBS Radio.
Grand Ole Opry: WSM Radio, Nashville, Tenn.; 2nd major country jamboree; began November 28, 1925; started by George D. Hay, "The Solemn Old Judge," and called WSM Barn Dance; first performer was Uncle Jimmy Thompson, and was on the air 8:00-9:00 p.m.; held in Studio A of WSM; later held in Studio B; called Grand Ole Opry after 1927; held in Hillsboro Theatre; East Nashville Tabernacle; WSM Studio C; War Memorial Building, 1939; Ryman Auditorium, 1941—; each Satur­day night, 7:30-12:00; broadcast over WSJV1 Radio & 30 minutes of program, the Prince Albert Show, broad­cast over NBC Radio since 1939. Past and present regu­lar performers: Roy Acuff; Oscar Albright; Jack An-glin; Alonzo Apple; Eddy Arnold; Chet Atkins; Bailes Brothers; Bailey Brothers; DeFord Bailey; Ben Smath-ers Dancers; Margie Bowes; Rod Brasfield; Hylo Brown; Carl Butler; Billy Byrd; Jerry Byrd; Archie Campbell; Bill Carlisle; Martha Carson; Anita Carter; Helen Car­ter; June Carter; Mother Maybelle Carter; Johnny Cash; Floyd T. Chance; Helen Chance; Lou Childre;