Bill Anderson celebrated 55 years on the Grand Ole Opry this weekend. “Whispering Bill” was honored with cakes and a guitar with his likeness and 55 years printed on it. Anderson posted this picture on his Twitter account from the night performance.
Here is the line-up from Saturday July 16, 20016 and from Saturday July 15th, 1961, the night Bill Anderson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry:
7:00 : John Conlee, Jackie Lee, Jim Lauderdale
7:30: Mike Snider, Amber Digby, Jonathan Jackson
8:15: Connie Smith, Jesse McReynolds, Mark Lowry
8:45: Bill Anderson, Smithfield, T Graham Brown
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7:30: Ray Price (host); Cowboy Copas; Bill Monroe; Stringbean; Tommy Jackson; Jan Howard
8:00: Flatt & Scruggs (host); Dick Flood; Bill Anderson; Loretta Lynn; Crook Brothers; Cousin Jake
8:30: Porter Wagoner (host); Bobby Lord; Archie Campbell; Jordanaires; Margie Bowes; Bob Luman
9:00: Roy Drusky (host); Glaser Brothers; Stonewall Jackson; Skeeter Davis; Fruit Jar Drinkers; Cousin Jody
9:30: George Hamilton IV (host); Bill Monroe; Johnny Forbes; Lonzo & Oscar; Mary Bee
10:00: Flatt & Scruggs (host); Jan Howard; Jordanaires
10:15: Bobby Lord (host); Loretta Lynn; Stringbean
10:30: Roy Drusky (host); Margie Bowes; Stonewall Jackson
10:45: Glaser Brothers (host); Cousin Jody; Crook Brothers
11:00: Porter Wagoner (host); Bob Luman; George Hamilton IV; Lonzo & Oscar; Sam & Kirk McGee; Jordanaires; Fruit Jar Drinkers
11:30: Bill Monroe (host); Bill Anderson; Skeeter Davis; Dick Flood; Johnny Forbes