Since 1925, The Grand Ole Opry has brought country music acts to homes across the U.S., and defined this genre that has evolved perhaps more than any other. Hank Williams was a member from just 1949 until 1952, but it catapulted both him and the Opry to iconic status. Thanks to vinyl discs made by the Armed Forces Radio Service for broadcast on military radio stations, many of these broadcasts have been preserved, including this one from 1950. Crowd around the radio for a half-hour of Opry music and comedy from Red Foley, Minnie Pearl, and others. We'll round out the hour with other vintage Hank Sr. recordings, to celebrate the 89th anniversary of his birth.
Monday, September 17th at 8pm: HANK WILLIAMS LIVE AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY, 2/18/50
By Martin Anderson • Sep 14, 2012