And to all our friends and fans in the United States, here’s to a Happy 4th of July!
This is going to be both an interesting and a fun month here in Whisperville. After some pretty extensive research, it has been determined that when my 62nd
anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry rolls around on July 12th, I will have been an Opry member longer than any other performer in the almost 100-year history of the show. How cool is that? And you read it here first!
There was an old-time string band on the Opry for years known as The Crook Brothers, and Herman Crook was a member of that group for 61-years, 11-months, and 17-days. He came close, but no artist, male, female, or group, has been blessed to have made it all the way to 62 consecutive years. And it truly is a blessing, believe me.
The Opry will commemorate my special anniversary on Saturday night July 22nd, but I have no idea what they are planning to do. I told them I don’t want a gift nor a party…they did that on both my 50th and 60th year celebrations. If a few of my friends want to show up to help me mark the occasion that will be enough…along with a few smiles and thumbs-ups from those in the audience. I hope some of you can be there and that many of you will be tuned in.
Back in the summer of 1953 when I was 15-years old and my mom and dad brought me to the Opry for the first time…and on July 12, 1961, when I was 23-years old and became an Opry member, who would have thunk it??
Oh, and while we’re on that subject, my Opry dates this month will be Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 16th, Saturday the 22nd, and Saturday the 29th.
There’s going to be another celebration of my Opry years on Saturday September 16th at the Country Music Hall of Fame just prior to my exhibit coming down. From what I’m told this will be an all-star panel of Opry folks on stage in the Ford Theater swapping stories, songs, and probably telling a few lies based on my Opry career. It’s open to the public with a Hall of Fame admission that day, and you’re all invited. I’ll have more details between now and then so stay tuned.
Right now, in addition to everything else, we are continuing to fill lots of orders for our new CD of old music titled, “1984,” named after the year in which it was recorded. We ran out of copies for a short while, but we’ve restocked the shelves and we’re mailing them out as fast as your orders come in. We are out of our “Nothin’ But Hits” double-CD’s at the moment, but reinforcements are on the way. If you experience a delay on your order, it should only be a short one. I hate for us to have any kind of problems with our merchandise, but I guess selling-out is the best kind of problem to have! I appreciate it every time you visit our online store.
On the personal side, my grandson, Blake, returned home June 24th from having spent 6-weeks in the Czech Republic on a Christian mission trip. He enjoyed the experience, but he agrees with his PawPaw that the best part of any trip is arriving safely back home!
Before I go, let me remind you to check your Spam or Junk mail if you miss hearing from us when you think you should. Cyberspace can be crazy sometimes. Meantime, thanks for everything, and I’ll see you back here again in August.