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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Big D Jamboree: back again

I guess everyone of you folks knows the Big D Jamboree, one of these legendary old barn dance shows. The Big D was broadcasted out of Dallas, Texas, over KRLD and was held in the Dallas Sportarium. In the early 1960s, the show was discontinued, but as I learned yesterday, the Jamboree will be held again regularly again, beginning this year. For all the people out there who don't know the Big D Jamboree:

The Big D Jamboree began in 1946 as the "Texas Barn Dance" as a live show which wasn't broadcasted. In 1948, it was named the "Lone Star Jamboree" and was picked up by radio WFAA, which also hosted the "Saturday Night Shindig". That same year, the Big D was moved to KRLD of Dallas and was renamed the "Big D Jamboree". The idea came from KRDL's famous DJ and by then emcee of the Jamboree Johnny Hicks. During the early days of the show, it featured only straight country musicians. Although western swing was by far more popular in Texas, the Jamboree featured more honky tonk and bluegrass musicians. Soon, the show's popularity began to spread in Texas and by the mid-fifties, it was one
of the most popular barn dance shows in the States, although it never reached the popularity of the Grand Ole Opry or the Louisiana Hayride.

Beginning in 1955, the Big D also featured rockabilly artists like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Eddie Bond, Warren Smith, Jimmy and Johnny, Jackie Lee Cochran, Sleepy LaBeef, Janis Martin, Sid King & the Five Strings, Wade & Dick and many more on its shows. Incorporating the new musical style led to more popularity during the mid fifties.

But at the end of the decade, the barn dance show type was out of style and americans were more fascinated by TV. In 1959, the show was broadcasted for the last time. Although some people revided it in the early 1960s, it was soon discontinued again.

Now, the show will be held again in Dallas. I have no information if there'll be also a radio broadcast, but I'm gonna tell you as soon as I have more info. Visit the Jamboree's new website: http://www.bigdjamboree.net/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I attended the Big D Jamboree IN it's day. the sportitorium was the only place for a venue when I was a kid. I'd go to the Big D Jamboree. I have started the WAXAHACHIE JAMBOREE every 3rd Sat of the month at 407 west Jefferson, Waxahachie, Texas . Show time 7pm.. waxahachiejamboree@yahoo. com