Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Porter Wagoner:1927-2007

Title Slide from the Syndicated "Porter Wagoner Show"..Courtesy of the website of Australian Country singer/band Lonely Sheep

I feel we should mention Porter Wagoner, who passed away Sunday October 28, 2007 in Nashville as the result of lung cancer at the age of 80. Wagoner was born in 1927 near West Plains, Missouri and was a Star of the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years. He first gained national attention as a singer on Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee on ABC-TV from 1954-57. After joining the Opry in February 1957, he began a half-hour syndicated Country Music Show in 1960, airing in over 100 US TV markets, the show ran until 1981-an amazing 21 years!.. He was also known for Rhinestone-studded suits (Nudie suits)..Along with his Wagonmasters Band, His girl singers included the underrated Norma Jean and Dolly Parton, who gained national fame from the program. The Porter Wagoner Show stands as probably the first truly national Country music show, that introduced country music to many that had not heard much of it before..Prayers go out to family, friends and fans.

Official Porter Wagoner Website

RFD-TV (mostly on satellite) airs The Classic Porter Wagoner Show Friday nights at 7:30 PM well as other times during the week.

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