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Town and Country Time Jamboree
WMAL
Washington, DC
Year Started:  1956
Date Started:  October 1, 1956

Town & Country Time Jamboree

The legendary promotoer, Connie B. Gay, a elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, started the Town & Country Time Jamboree show on October 1, 1956. Fans will remember that it was held at the Turner's Arena at 14th and W Streets.

The premier show presented a cross section of country music in that era. One was Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, who opened the show and were making their first appearance in the DC area. Marvin Rainwater, with the Ozark Jubilee at the time, also appeared. And from the WSM Grand Ole Opry, Autry Inman.

The regular stars of the show were to be Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats. That included Joe Wheeler, Miss Dale Turner, Luke Gordon, Dub Howington, Jimmy Case and Tiny Jenkins (if one can be called Tiny, weighing a reportede 441 pounds.)

The show aired over WMAL-TV on a late Saturday night - from 10:00pm to 1:00am. With such talent on that first show, one could only wish to have been able to watch this show back then. They wrote in the 1956 article we found that over 3,000 fans attended the debut of this show and was getting a "...tremendous amount of mail" to get the show off to a rousing start.


Tiny Jenkins


Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats

 

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 45; March 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT