At Town Hall Party - November 29, 1958
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||'Town Hall Party' was California's largest country music barndance, running from early 1952 until early 1961. The show was broadcast every Saturday night from a theatre made up to look like an old barn in the Compton suburb of Los Angeles. Crowds numbering up to 2000 would fill the old Town Hall to see and hear the top country artists of the day. The first hour was broadcast live over KFI and reached a wider audience when NBC syndicated the show on radio. The broadcast was extended to three hours when KTTV-TV televised the show. Jay Stewart (who later hosted the TV quiz show 'Let's Make a Deal'), and Tex Ritter were the MCs and the house band featured a Whos Who of West Coast country music, including Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, Skeets McDonald, Johnny Bond and Tommy Duncan. Artists appearing on the show included The Collins Kids, Carl Perkins, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson and Johnny Cash. The show was so popular that, in 1958, Columbia Records issued the 'Town Hall Party' album featuring various cast members.
A little about these DVDs -
Unlike previous DVDs, which compiled various performances by specific artists, these new releases present the complete shows, thus capturing the atmosphere and excitement that captivated audiences almost half a century ago.
Among these releases are the two shows featuring Johnny Cash as special guest, which were broadcasted on November 15, 1958 and August 8, 1959. Accompanied by The Tennessee Two, these appearance were first presented by Bear Family as an edited compilation but considerable public demand has resulted the two shows released in their entirities on two seperate DVDs, accompanied by the regular members of the Town Hall Party cast. Now's let's turn back the clock and watch the artists, hear the music and enjoy the shows that haven't been seen since their original date of broadcast.
||Introduction By Jay Stewart
Rainin' On The Mountain - Joe Maphis And The Entire Cast
What Am I Doing Here - Skeets McDonald
Tell Her Lies And Feed Her Candy - Joe & Rose Lee Maphis
Wagon Train - Johnny ONeill
Tom Dooley - Johnny ONeill, Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford
Lookin' Back To See - Norma & Linda
The Wayward Wind - Tex Ritter
Jealous Heart - Tex Ritter
Mean Mean Man - Wanda Jackson
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down - Wanda Jackson
Rock Your Baby - Wanda Jackson
(Fiddle Instrumental) - Fiddlin Kate
Sweet Georgia Brown - Jimmy Pruett
St. Louis Boogie - Jimmy Pruett
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans - Merle Travis
Gotta Travel On - Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford
Gotta Travel On (2) - Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford
The Day The Rains Came - Jeannie Sterling
Rockin Robin - Bob Luman
A Lovers Question - Bob Luman
Alone With You - Wanda Jackson
Queen For A Day - Wanda Jackson
Hard Headed Woman - Wanda Jackson
Maiden's Prayer - Fiddlin Kate
Conversation Between Texas Tiny, Jay Stewart, Johnny O'neill, Tex Ritter And Wanda Jackson
Goin' Down That Road Feelin Bad - Joe Maphis And The Entire Cast
Rye Whiskey - Tex Ritter
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||BCD - Bear Family
Rose Lee Maphis
Billy Mize & Cliff Crofford
Norma & Linda