The Grand Ole
Opry's Vintage Classics 


PBS television will air 12 episodes of  THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S VINTAGE CLASSICS from March 1, 2005 through March 31, 2008. It will contain rare and precious footage of Jim Reeves during the height of his career.

PRESS RELEASE

 

Revisit Rare and Memorable Country Performances in

THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S VINTAGE CLASSICS

Picture world famous country crooner Eddy Arnold singing the romantic ballad “You Don’t Know Me,” a short-haired Willie Nelson emerging onto the country music scene with his classic hit “Night Life” and Dolly Parton in a lavender sequined jumpsuit singing a rousing performance of “Jolene.” American Public Television’s new March 2005 pledge special, THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S VINTAGE CLASSICS, weaves such classic clips from the Grand Ole Opry television series into an hour-long program that will air on public television stations nationwide starting March 1, 2005 (check local listings). 

 

Hosted by Grammy-winning artist and Opry member Vince Gill, this program revisits defining performances by country artists, explores the rise of the female country superstar and showcases the diversity of country sounds from bluegrass finger-pickers to country balladeers. This nostalgic pledge special provides fans with the opportunity to both see and own video of rare performances from musical icons Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins and many others as they sing the beloved country songs of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

The Grand Ole Opry is the cornerstone of country music and has attracted the best performers throughout the years. The program (originally called the WSM Barn Dance) was first broadcast in 1925 on WSM radio and has since become the longest-running live radio show in the world. In fact, 2005 marks the Opry’s 80th anniversary. In 1955 Grand Ole Opry was first broadcast on television.  

“Since its inception in 1925, the Opry has both influenced and reflected the music of the day, from now legendary acts such as George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn to today’s top hit-makers such as Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley. The Opry thrives as a uniquely American phenomenon that both embraces a rich musical history and shapes the future of America’s music,” says Steve Buchanan, president of Gaylord Entertainment. 

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, known as “the mother church of country music” and the Opry’s most famous former home, serves as Gill’s backdrop as he narrates and provides historical commentary on a selection of legendary Opry performances. The first act features favorite songs from celebrated performers Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, Chet Atkins, Skeeter Davis, The Statler Brothers, Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline as they belt out tunes that shaped the Nashville sound.  

The next act first focuses on the emergence of women as country stars. Both remarkable songwriters and entertainers, the women of country music sang of men and heartache. THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S VINTAGE CLASSICS clips feature Dolly Parton, Lorretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette with their classic songs about losing their men or fighting to keep them. The segment also features male performers who developed distinct identities. A young Johnny Cash, dressed in his classic black attire, sings “Ring of Fire” in his recognizable deep voice, and a lighthearted George Jones performs his first No. 1 record “White Lightnin’.”

Other highlights include the broad range of original American music performed on the Grand Ole Opry television series. From Eddy Arnold’s roaring yodel in “Cattle Call” to the distinctive Appalachian sound of Roy Acuff in “Wabash Cannonball,” the music showcased in the clips captures the vibrant diversity of the country genre.

Executive produced by Steve Buchanan and Martin Fischer. Produced by Jo Hunt. Associate produced and written by Tim Weeks. THE GRAND OLE OPRY’S VINTAGE CLASSICS is produced by High Five Entertainment in association with Gaylord Entertainment and APT’s Premium Service. APT distributes the program to public television stations nationwide."

 
The program is currently being aired on public television stations across
the country. The program DVD is being offered by public television
stations that are airing this program during their pledge drives. So, in
other words, in order to get a DVD of this program, you would have to make
a donation to the public television station. It is best to contact them
regarding pricing, etc....

Here are the details of the DVD:

Program DVD: The Grand Ole Opry's Vintage Classics
Description: Hosted by Grammy-winning artist and Opry member Vince
Gill, The Grand Ole Opry's Vintage Classics is a collection of taped
performances from the Grand Ole Opry television series broadcast in
the '50s, '60s and '70s. Featuring the biggest stars and most beloved
songs of each era, the special includes such musical icons as Patsy
Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Eddy
Arnold and many others. Songs: "You Don't Know Me" ? Eddy Arnold;
"Crazy Arms" ? Ray Price; "Yakety Axe" ? Chet Atkins; "Oh Lonesome
Me" ? Don Gibson; "The End of the World" ? Skeeter Davis; "Flowers on
the Wall" ? Statler Brothers; "Crazy" ? Patsy Cline; Medley: "Four
Walls," "Tennessee Waltz," "He'll Have to Go" ? Jim Reeves; "Leavin'
on Your Mind" ? Patsy Cline; "Jolene" ? Dolly Parton; "Stand by Your
Man" ? Tammy Wynette; "You Ain't Woman Enough" ? Loretta Lynn; "One's
on the Way" ? Loretta Lynn; "Night Life" ? Willie Nelson; "White
Lightnin'" ? George Jones; "Ring of Fire" ? Johnny Cash; "Walking
the Floor Over You" ? Ernest Tubbs; "Makin' Believe" ? Kitty Wells;
"Wabash Cannonball" ? Roy Acuff; "Uncle Pen" ? Bill Monroe; "Foggy
Mountain Breakdown" ? Flatt and Scruggs; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" ?
Sons of the Pioneers; "El Paso" ? Marty Robbins; "Cattle Call" ? Eddy
Arnold; "Alabama Jubilee" ? Chet Atkins. 60 minutes.