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​​​​​(CLASSIC COUNTRY) NTSC, Code 0, Color, ca.130 Mins. The Porter Wagoner Show Volume 17... more

Porter Wagoner: Vol.17, Porter Wagoner Show - Billy Joe Spears a.o.

​​​​​(CLASSIC COUNTRY) NTSC, Code 0, Color, ca.130 Mins.

The Porter Wagoner Show Volume 17 features six programs recorded in 1979 at various locations in Opryland Park. The guest stars appearing on these programs include Mickey Gilley, Billie Jo Spears, Rex Allen Jr., The Kendalls, Christy Lane and Vern Gosdin. The comedy of Speck Rhodes and the great fiddlin' of Mac McGaha along the rest of the band show up in each of the shows. 

The Porter Wagoner Show, Volume 17

Chapter 1 - Guest – Mickey Gilley
(Filmed at Opryland – Gaslight)

Porter Wagoner – 'Sugarfoot Rag'
Mickey Gilley – 'Long Enough to Say Goodbye'
Porter Wagoner – 'Take Me Back to Tulsa'
Bluegrass – 'Shuckin’ the Corn'
Porter Wagoner – 'Misery Loves Company'
Speck Rhodes – (comedy)
Porter Wagoner – 'Be Careful of Stones You Throw' (gospel)
Mickey Gilley – 'Tying One On'

Chapter 2 - Guest – Billie Jo Spears
(Filmed at Opryland – Folk Theatre)

Porter Wagoner – 'Shady Grove'
Billie Jo Spears – 'I Will Survive'
Bluegrass – 'Salty Dog'
Porter Wagoner – 'Willie Bodine'
Speck Rhodes – 'Long Handle Time in Tennessee' (comedy)
Porter Wagoner – 'Day of Wrath'
Billie Jo Spears – 'Blanket on the Ground'

Chapter 3 - Guest – Rex Allen, Jr.
(Filmed at The Opryland – Showboat)

Porter Wagoner – 'The Sun Don’t Shine on the Same Dog'
Rex Allen, Jr. – 'Me and My Broken Heart'
Bluegrass – 'Back it up and Push'
Porter Wagoner – 'Indian Creek'
Speck Rhodes – 'Hello Sadie, This is Speck' (comedy)
Porter Wagoner – 'Just a Rose Will Do' (gospel)
Rex Allen, Jr. – 'One Lives in My Life'
Band – 'John Henry'

Chapter 4 - Guest – The Kendalls
(Filmed at The Opryland – Gaslight)

Porter Wagoner – 'Wake Up Jacob'
The Kendalls – 'Just Like Real People'
Bluegrass – 'Fireball Mail'
Porter Wagoner – 'Banks of the Ohio'
Porter Wagoner – 'Old Log Cabin' (gospel)
The Kendalls -'I Had a Lovely Time'

Chapter 5 - Guest – Christy Lane
(Filmed at Opryland – Folk)

Porter Wagoner – 'Dooley'
Christy Lane – 'Simple Little Words'
Porter Wagoner – 'Dear John'
Bluegrass – 'Cripple Creek'
Porter Wagoner – 'Eli Stubbs and Funky Grass Band'
Speck Rhodes – (comedy)
Porter Wagoner – 'Peace in the Valley' (gospel)
Christy Lane – 'He Believes in Me'

Chapter 6 - Guest – Vern Gosdin
(Filmed at The Opryland – Flipside)

Porter Wagoner – 'Old Slewfoot'
Vern Gosdin – 'I’ve Got Somebody, You’ve Got Somebody'
Bluegrass – 'Flint Hill Special'
Porter Wagoner – 'Katie Did'
Speck Rhodes – 'Sweet Fern' (comedy)
Porter Wagoner – 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' (gospel)
Vern Gosdin – 'Till the End'
Band – 'John Henry'

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Wagoner, Porter - Vol.17, Porter Wagoner Show - Billy Joe Spears a.o. DVD 1
02 (Filmed at Opryland - Gaslight) Porter Wagoner
03 Sugarfoot Rag WAGONER, Porter
04 Long Enough To Say Goodbye GILLEY, Mickey
05 Take Me Back To Tulsa WAGONER, Porter
06 Shuckin' The Corn BLUEGRASS
07 (comedy) RHODES, Speck
08 Be Careful Of Stones You Throw (gospel) WAGONER, Porter
09 Tying One On GILLEY, Mickey
11 (Filmed At Opryland - Folk Theatre) Porter Wagoner
12 Shady Grove WAGONER, Porter
13 I Will Survive SPEARS, Billy Jo
14 Salty Dog BLUEGRASS
15 Billie Bodine WAGONER, Porter
16 Long Handle Time In Tennessee (comedy) RHODES, Speck
17 Day Of Wrath WAGONER, Porter
18 Blanket On The Ground SPEARS, Billy Jo
19 CHAPTER 3 - GUEST - REX ALLEN JR. Porter Wagoner
20 (Filmed At Opryland - Showboat) Porter Wagoner
21 The Sun Don't Sine On The Same Dog WAGONER, Porter
22 Me And My Broken Heart ALLEN, Rex Jr.
23 Back It Up And Push BLUEGRASS
24 Indian Creek WAGONER, Porter
25 Hello Sadie, This Is Speck (comedy) RHODES, Speck
26 Just A Rose Will Do (gospel) WAGONER, Porter
27 One Lives In My Life ALLEN, Rex Jr.
28 John Henry BAND
29 CHAPTER 4 - GUEST - THE KENDALLS Porter Wagoner
30 (Filmed At The Opryland - Gaslight) Porter Wagoner
31 Wake Up Jacob WAGONER, Porter
32 Just Like Real People KENDALLS
33 Fireball Mail BLUEGRASS
34 Banks Of The Ohio WAGONER, Porter
35 The Little Shirt My Mama Made For Me (comedy) RHODES, Speck
36 Old Log Cabin (gospel) WAGONER, Porter
37 I Had A Lovely Time KENDALLS
38 CHAPTER 5 - GUEST - CHRISTY LANE Porter Wagoner
39 (Filmed At Opryland - Folk) Porter Wagoner
40 Dooley WAGONER, Porter
41 Simple Little Words LANE, Christy
42 Dear John WAGONER, Porter
43 Cripple Creek BLUEGRASS
44 Eli Stubbs And Funky Grass Band WAGONER, Porter
45 (comedy) RHODES, Speck
46 Peace In The Valley (gospel) WAGONER, Porter
47 He Believes In Me LANE, Christy
48 CHAPTER 6 - GUEST - VERN GOSDIN Porter Wagoner
49 (Filmed At The Opryland - Flipside) Porter Wagoner
50 Old Slewfoot WAGONER, Porter
51 I've Got Somebody, You've Got Somebody GOSDIN, Vern
52 Flint Hill Special BLUEGRASS
53 Kay Did WAGONER, Porter
54 Sweet Fern (comedy) RHODES, Speck
55 Swing Low Sweet Cariot (gospel) WAGONER, Porter
56 Till The End GOSDIN, Vern
57 John Henry BAND
Porter Wagoner Fifty years ago this year, Porter Wagoner left Springfield, Missouri bound... more
"Porter Wagoner"

Porter Wagoner

Fifty years ago this year, Porter Wagoner left Springfield, Missouri bound for Nashville. He'd been offered membership of the Grand Ole Opry, although the offer had come at a troubled moment in the show's long history. The twin threats of rock 'n' roll and television had left the Opry House half-empty some nights. Many of Porter's contemporaries were flirting with rockabilly, trying somehow to stay afloat. The Opry had to decide if it would go pop or stand firm with the music that had made the show and country music almost synonymous. The Opry decided to leave rock 'n' roll to others, and hired several new singers who would reinforce its tradition-based roster. That's why Porter Wagoner was heading for Nashville. He was… and would always be… country to the core.

Porter Wagoner died just four months after his fiftieth anniversary on the Opry. He was admitted to hospital suffering from lung cancer on October 15, 2007 and died on October 28. During the last year of his life, he had seen more success than he'd seen in many years. A new album produced by Marty Stuart for a punk/new wave label, Anti, led to career retrospectives in the 'New York Times,' 'No Depression,'and other magazines, and he opened for the Whites at Madison Square Garden. It was a good last hurrah for one of country music's elder statesmen.

Sixty-five years earlier, in 1942, Porter Wagoner had been in the audience when Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff came to West Plains, Missouri. Later that day, Porter found Acuff in a diner, and told him that he too wanted to be a country star. Acuff heard this several times a day, and was unfailingly supportive, but probably didn't think for one moment that he would ever share a stage with this shy, lanky kid. Wagoner was born in West Plains on August 12, 1927. His career began in the Ozarks, and he moved quickly to the region's powerhouse station, KWTO. In 1953, KWTO's management started the Ozark Jubilee, even hiring the Opry's former star host, Red Foley. Then, in 1955, the Jubilee became the first country music show on network television, so Porter faced a tough decision when the Opry called.

Shortly before the Ozark Jubilee reached network television, Porter Wagoner became an RCA recording artist. The label dropped him, but then did a quick about-face when he showed up with Satisfied Mind. The song became a #1 country hit in 1955, but Porter faced an uphill battle getting his music on the radio during the rock 'n' roll era. Things began to turn around for him when 'The Porter Wagoner Show'made its television debut on September 14, 1961. After several years of near-obscurity, he was back atop the charts. Initially, his show only went to eighteen cities, but it eventually became the second longest-running TV show in country music history (second to 'Hee-Haw').

Country music caught up with Porter Wagoner again, and he minted a string of hits in the 1960s, including the original version of Green, Green Grass Of Home. In 1967, he brought Dolly Parton onto his show, and helped launch her career. He began recording 'concept' albums, like 'Confessions Of A Broken Man' 'Cold Hard Facts Of Life, ' and 'The Carroll County Accident' that have become cult favorites in recent years, and he was primarily responsible for bringing soul music star James Brown to the Opry. There was more controversy when he and Dolly split rancorously. Dolly said that their partnership ended because of "creative differences….I was creative, Porter was different."

In the end, Porter Wagoner could reflect with pride that he hadn't sold out. He was proudly and unapologetically country from first to last. He went in and out of fashion, but came to epitomise the music he loved.

In 1993, Bear Family issued its first Porter Wagoner box, 'The Thin Man From West Plains,' covering his RCA recordings from 1952-1962. 


Porter Wagoner
The Cold Hard Facts Of Life

When he died on October 28, 2007, Porter Wagoner was still savoring his career resurgence. Once derided as a relic of 'Old Nashville,' the singer unexpectedly discovered an appreciative new audience weaned on his bizarre, slice-of-life concept albums recorded forty years earlier. Critics were hailing his most recent album, as edgy 'alt-country' acts invited him to open their shows at major urban venues.

This acclaim was a long time coming. For decades, Wagoner had been an indelible icon of Nashville kitsch, a pompadoured, rhinestone-suited hero among the aging, uncritical motor coach set that made pilgrimages to Opryland, USA and 'The Grand Ole Opry.' Many still associated him with Dolly Parton, who rose to stardom under his tutelage.

Respected by his peers and always gracious among his fans, Wagoner generally took a high road, both personally and professionally. He seldom drank and usually avoided bookings in places where alcohol was served. He never staked any claims to songs written by others, an unsavory but common industry practice. Instead of paying his sidemen a union minimum per show, he gave them a share of an evening's proceeds.

Professionally, Wagoner was the standard bearer for traditional country music at a time when rock 'n' roll and the Nashville Sound kicked pure honky tonk into the dustbin of history. His television show reached an audience far beyond the American South and Midwest. Musicians as diverse as Marty Stuart and Jerry Garcia cut their country music teeth watching Wagoner's weekly program.

The singer's personal life was hardly exemplary. His romantic entanglement with Norma Jean fueled gossip mills. Besides effectively ending his marriage, it ultimately led to Norma Jean's departure from Wagoner's syndicated television show. Seven years later Parton's decision to leave Wagoner to explore broader, more lucrative opportunities led to acrimony and litigation. Like many other entertainers, Wagoner fell prey to amphetamines, although he never plunged to the depths of his more notorious contemporaries.

Artistically, no one ranked the singer's unadorned baritone delivery alongside such celebrated postwar country stylists as Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Horton and George Jones. But appreciation for Wagoner's sincere, straightforward approach has grown steadily in recent years. Marty Stuart, who produced Wagoner's 2007 valedictory album 'Wagonmaster,'hailed him as an "American master and a cornerstone of our music."


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