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 Who'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.
Get Rhythm - You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven - I Was There When It Happened - Don't Take Your Guns To Town - Frankie And Johnny - I Walk The Line - The Ways Of A Woman In Love Rising - Give My Love To Rose - It Was Jesus - All Over Again - Suppertime - Guess Things Happen That Way - Five Feet High And Rising - I Got Stripes - The Ways Of A Woman In Love - Big River - Frankie and Johnny - I Walk The Line - Pickin' Time - Folsom Prison Blues - Don't Take Your Guns To Town - I Was There When It Happened - Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Impersonation) - I Got Stripes
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