Thursday, February 2, 2012

Saturtainment: That Good Ole Nashville Music (1970)

Time to move into the afternoon again, and this time, we're focusing on one of two syndicated country music series that filled the afternoon daylight hours in most places, including my market, when there wasn't much in the way of sports on the air.

That Good Ole Nashville Music was a half-hour series that featured some of the period's top selling country artists performing some of their current or more popular hits. The latter applies in this 1973 clip with Lynn Anderson, who topped the charts 3 years earlier with "Rose Garden". Uploaded by Allen0955.

Unfortunately, Anderson didn't do much more on the charts after "Garden" peaked, and faded from the scene before the end of the 70's. Rumors say she fell on hard times.

As for That Good Ole Nashville Music, it lasted a grand total of 15 seasons, then faded out. Country singer Dave Dudley ("Six Days on the Road") was the original host, before a variety of guest hosts took it over. I believe RFD-TV, which is a digital premium channel in my market, holds the rights to the series these days. Back then, it was something to hold attention, and did it ever.

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

I'd never heard of this show - as Hee-Haw was the only country music themed show I remember from weekends.

I always liked "Rose Garden" and it's a shame Lynn Anderson didn't live up to her earlier work.

hobbyfan said...

That Good Ole Nashville Music, later shortened to That Nashville Music, had a floating slot where it could be run Saturday or Sunday, depending on where you lived. The other series I referenced was Ralph Emery's Pop Goes the Country, which I will cover in a later post. The two, I believe, may have been packaged together, but I'll have to do more research.