Hank Williams - 61 years ago
Saturday, June 18, 1949 (first Prince Albert Opry appearance)
Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave. North, Nashville, TN
Hank Williams: vocal, guitar; Red Foley: emcee; other musicians unknown.
As country music fans, I think we're incredibly lucky to have had a performance as important as Hank Williams's first nationally broadcast appearance on the Grand Ole Opry preserved for all time. And that's what we're presenting for today's post. We all are probably too familiar with Hank's up and down relationship with WSM and the Grand Ole Opry, but to hear him on these performances, he's confident and ready to take on the world. His first #1 hit, "Lovesick Blues," has put him on top and his followup single, "Wedding Bells," is just hitting the charts. We're fortunate to have both songs as performed on the Ryman Auditorium stage 61 years ago today. I hope you enjoy this Opry broadcast as much as I do...