Crowds numbering up to 2000 would fill the old Town Hall to see and hear the top country artists of the day. The first hour was broadcast live over KFI and reached a wider audience when NBC syndicated the show on radio. The broadcast was extended to three hours when KTTV-TV televised the show.
Jay Stewart (who later hosted the TV quiz show 'Let's Make a Deal'), and Tex Ritter were the MCs and the house band featured a Whoâ€™s Who of West Coast country music, including Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, Skeets McDonald, Johnny Bond and Tommy Duncan. Artists appearing on the show included The Collins Kids, Carl Perkins, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Wanda Jackson and, Johnny Cash.
The show was so popular that, in 1958, Columbia Records issued the 'Town Hall Party' album featuring various cast members.
Introduction by Jay Stewart - Be-Bop-A-Lula - High Blood Pressure - Rip It Up - Introduction by Jay Stewart - Dance To The Bop - You Win Again - For Your Precious Love - Introduction by Jay Stewart - Rocky Road Blues - Pretty Pearly - Be-Bop-A-Lula - Introduction by Jay Stewart - High School Confidential - Over The Rainbow - Introduction by Jay Stewart - Roll Over Beethoven - Over The Rainbow - She She Little Sheila
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