MEMORIES FROM YESTERYEAR

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NOSTALGIA ..........................................  MEMORIES FROM YESTERYEAR

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Remember when the family would all gather in the living room and Dad would turn on the TV as everyone crowded around? Mom would have the popcorn ready and the family would spend time together enjoying their favorite shows.Let's close our eyes and journey back to a Monday night in 1961. The popcorn is warm and so is the family fellowship.

You started the night with Cheyenne. You watched big Clint Walker take care of villain after villain. You were glued to your seat as you watched the adventures of homesteader Lucas McCain and his son Mark. Played by Chuck Conners and Johnny Crawford, the show was The Rifleman, of course.

And you enjoyed Danny Thomas. You laughed with Andy Griffith and all the wonderful folks of Mayberry.And you rounded off a great night with I've Got A Secret.

Do you rememeber these great shows and the good times?

Sweet memories.
 

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Do you all remember the Hootenanny? It was the musical sensation that swept the nation in the early and middle 60's. Of course, the word Hootenanny had been around for a long time. It was just waiting to take off and it did! It was a nation-wide folk music happening.

Hootenanny is a word for a get-together for singing and playing and listening. People from Hollywood, and New York and the hills of Tennessee played and sang together. Uptown hippies and earthy country folk, college students and business men and women, young and old...all joined together to sing and listen to the work songs, the cowboy songs, blues, gospel, bluegrass, love and humor.I remember it very well and enjoyed it a lot. The songs and the music, the instruments....guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, the jug and the washtub.

Do you remember the artists? Flatt and Scruggs; Peter, Paul and Mary; Joan Baez; Burl Ives'; the Weavers; The Kingston Trio; The Limeliters; to name just a few of the many.Then there was the M.G.M. movie, Hootenanny Hoot. I think it came out in 1964. It was a romantic comedy which starred Joby Baker, Pamela Austin, Peter Breck with lots of songs by a lot of singers such as Sheb Wooley, George Hamilton IV singing Abilene, Johnny Cash doing Frankie's Man Johnny, the Brothers Four and many others.

There were thousands of songs sung, I suppose, that were Hootenanny songs. See if you remember some of them. House of the Rising Sun, The Midnight Special, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, If I Had a Hammer, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, John Henry, Hush Little Baby, This Land Is Your Land, Greenback Dollar, Tom Dooley, This Train, Shenandoah........Remember? Yep, thought you would.

Now everybody join in ......If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning..............

Sweet Memories.

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I was in the 4th. grade in October of 1957. We had just got our first TV, a little 17 inch floor model. As the new season started, a new show made it's way to the screen. The first show was aired October 3rd. It was a situation comedy staring Walter Brennan as Grandpa Amos McCoy . NBC had turned it down and ABC had picked it up.

When it aired, the "expertts" said it would never make it. They said it would never go over in the cities. Boy, were they wrong! The Real McCoys became a giant hit and would run for six seasons. It's second season it was the number 8 program for the year in the national ratings.

It was about a happy loving family from West Virginia moving out to California headed by Grandpa Amos, played by Walter Brennan who was 63 years old when the program started.It also starred Richard Crenna as grandson Luke and Kathy Nolan as his wife Kate. And there was Little Luke, big Luke's brother, Hassie his sister and Pepino the hired hand. George MacMichael, a neighbor, was played by Andy Clyde and George's sister, Flora, was played by Madge Blake.

This was one of Daddy's favorite shows and mine too. You can be sure that when 8:30 came on Thursday nights, our little TV was tuned to The Real McCoys and our family was glued to the set. I have a number of the tapes from the show and still enjoy watching them. It was a great show when T.V. was great! --
Gene

SWEET MEMORIES.

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