Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Friday Night Frolics

Every week, I post something here I hope you readers will find funny under the heading "Friday Frolics". If you haven't figured it out by now, I "borrowed" that name for the series of posts. The name comes from a radio show that aired on radio station WSM in Nashville from 1948 to 1958. The Friday Night Frolics was a spinoff of the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry had been airing on Saturday nights since 1925 and was at the height of its popularity when the WSM management decided to begin Frolics as a spinoff to the Opry. The show aired for 10 years from WSM's Studio C before moving to the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Opry, in 1958 and being renamed The Friday Night Opry.

Here's Carl Smith, one of the biggest country stars of that era, singing "Are You Teasing Me?". The song was written by two other country legends, the Louvin Brothers. By the way, Carl Smith was June Carter's first husband and he is the father of Carlene Carter.

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