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Airchecks, Concert & Radio (1955-1961)

by G.E. Hewitt

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Patsy Cline
Introduction

Some of Patsy Cline's personal appearances were preserved on transcription disc or audio tape. Known extant performances are reported on this page in session format, and list any commercial releases that have issued the recording. Performances with the 'aircheck' designation were originally part of a televised broadcast, and survive as audio recordings that were taped off the airwaves by a private listener, or as a demo for the program sponsor.

Part of a 1961 concert in Tulsa has survived on tape, and is included on this page. For an extensive list of Patsy's tour dates, refer to the Patsy Cline Timeline on the Miscellanea menu of this discography.

For a list of performances that include video footage of Patsy, refer to the TV Appearances page. For a list of Arthur Godfrey appearances, refer to the Arthur Godfrey Appearances. For a list of Grand Ole Opry transcriptions, refer to the Opry Transcriptions page.


Date: July 1, 1955
Location: Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Avenue North, Nashville TN.
Wally Fowler's All-Night Gospel Sing (WSM Radio)

Patsy Cline (v), The Jordanaires (bkv), unknown (acc), Wally Fowler (mc)

a. rt Just A Closer Walk With Thee(Traditional) - 4:31
Kapp 45659 — Just A Closer Walk With Thee   (1965)
Kapp LP3445 — Country Buddies   (1965)
MCA Records CS/CD Box4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
Universal Music Special Markets CS/CD37050 — The Legendary Patsy Cline   (1997)

Date: January 26, 1957
Location: Turner's Capitol Arena, 14th & W Street NW, Washington D.C.
Town & Country Jamboree (WMAL-TV)

Connie Barriot Gay (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), Jimmy Dean's Texas Wildcats (acc), Jimmy Dean (mc)

a. aircheck Walkin' After Midnight(Don Hecht, Alan Block) - 3:57
unissued

In addition to regular appearances on Connie B. Gay's "Town & Country Time" radio and television series, Patsy appeared on "Jamboree" specials that broadcast live concerts from Washington's Capitol Arena on Saturday nights from 10:30 pm-1:30 am ET on WMAL-TV and regional networks in Maryland and Virginia. During this performance, Patsy talks candidly about her experience with Arthur Godfrey in New York, and expresses gratitude for winning the "Talent Scouts" broadcast one week earlier. The timing includes Jimmy Dean's introductory remarks, and his talk with Patsy after the performance.


Date: February 9, 1957
Location: Jewell Theatre, 216 South Jefferson Avenue, Springfield MO.
Ozark Jubilee (ABC TV)

Bryan Bisney (pdr), Patsy Cline (v), unknown (acc), Red Foley (mc)

a. rt A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)(Bob Hilliard, Milton DeLugg) - 3:36
unissued

The audio from this performance was transcribed onto an acetate disc; no video footage is known to exist of the episode.


Date: December 27, 1958
Location: Raleigh Hotel, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Don Owens TV Jamboree (WTTG)

Patsy Cline (v), unknown (acc), Don Owens (mc)

a. aircheck I Don't Wanta(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson, Durwood Haddock) - 1:52
b. aircheck You Win Again(Hank Williams) - 2:20
Both titles unissued.

1. Kagarise Recordings
Leon Kagarise taped the audio from this and all subsequent episodes of Don Owens' T.V. Jamboree reported in this discography. More information can be read about the music fan and recording enthusiast here.

2. Broadcast
T.V. Jamboree was a live weekly broadcast that aired Saturday nights on Washington's Channel 5 (WTTG-TV). Don Owens, a WARL disk jockey by day, hosted this weekend show by night. Intended as only a four-week summer replacement, Jamboree was a hit with viewers; it debuted in August 1956 and ran for many years. One hour in length, the broadcast would start at 9 p.m., and was divided in two. Patsy would perform one song for each half whenever she appeared on the program. The show's primary sponsor was Discount Motor Sales, and the program was never kinescoped or videotaped.

3. Venue
T.V. Jamboree broadcast from the former Raleigh Hotel, a 13-story Beaux Arts building that stood on the northeast corner of 12th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue. The studio leased space on the 10th floor, and Owens joked that 'admission is free, but the elevator ride costs twelve dollars'. The studio had room for a small audience of about 50 people, so Owens encouraged viewers to arrive by 8 p.m. if they wanted a seat for these Saturday evening broadcasts. The hotel closed in 1954 and the building was demolished by 1964.

4. Dates
Publications reveal that Patsy signed on as a regular for Don Owens in March of 1959, when she was still based in and around the D.C. area. Along with other members of the regular cast and featured guests, Owens frequently advertised Patsy's upcoming tour dates in the region during these live broadcasts, which helped determine exact dates for Patsy's appearances on the program.

5. Personnel
The Bluegrass Champs were series regulars, and included members of the Pop Stoneman family, such as Scotty Stoneman (fiddle), Donna Stoneman (mandolin), Peggy Stoneman (dobro), Van Stoneman (guitar) and Jimmy Stoneman (bass). Although unclear, some Champs may have performed double duty as members of the program's house band. Joe Carroll is the only confirmed member of the house band, and is heard backing Patsy on occasion.

6. New Year's Episode
The cast pretends to blow at midnight immediately after Patsy sings "You Win Again" at the end of this broadcast. During the closing credits, Owens promotes a New Year's Eve concert that was set to take place the following week.


Date: March 28, 1959
Location: Raleigh Hotel, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Don Owens TV Jamboree (WTTG)

Patsy Cline (v), unknown (acc), Don Owens (mc)

a. aircheck That Lonesome Valley(Traditional) - 1:57
unissued

1. Lip-sync
To promote her latest single, Patsy lip-syncs "Cry Not For Me" during the first half of this broadcast.

2. Airdate
Kagarise didn't tape any tour date announcements or other clues for this episode, which made dating tricky. To close the second half of the broadcast, Owens sings "Each Ring of the Hammer", a tune with Crucifixion references. He remarks that it is 'kind of adequate for this time of year'. The episode probably aired during Easter weekend; Patsy's choice of singing a traditional hymn that references Jesus further corroborates this date.


Date: Spring 1959
Location: Raleigh Hotel, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Don Owens TV Jamboree (WTTG)

Patsy Cline (v), unknown (acc), Don Owens (mc)

a. aircheck Old Lonesome Time(Sonny James, Hazel Pitts) - 2:21
b. aircheck I Don't Wanta(Eddie Miller, W.S. Stevenson, Durwood Haddock) - 1:48
c. aircheck Yes, I Understand(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson) - 2:30
All titles unissued.

1. Date
Although tentative, a-b. probably aired on the May 2, 1959 broadcast. "Yes, I Understand" may be from the week after (May 9), or the following summer, possibly the June 20 or July 25th episode. Further details are unknown; if Patsy sang another song in the episode, it has been lost.

2. Unreleased Patsy
"Old Lonesome Time" was written by Sonny James and popularized by Carl Smith. Disc jockey Eddie Stubbs received permission to play this recording during a WSM broadcast many years before its official release.


Date: May 30, 1959
Location: Raleigh Hotel, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Don Owens TV Jamboree (WTTG)

Patsy Cline (v), Joe Carroll (eg), others unknown (acc), Joe Sissler (spk), Don Owens (mc)

a. aircheck Let The Teardrops Fall(Buster Beam, Lawton Jiles, W.S. Stevenson) - 1:42
b. aircheck Waltz Of The Angels(Jack Rhodes, Dick Reynolds) - 2:34
Both titles unissued.

Joe Carroll (eg) on a; Joe Sissler (spk) on a.

1. June Dates
Owens also promotes Patsy's tour dates in the D.C. area during the following two episodes (June 6 & 13), although she does not appear on those broadcasts.

2. Set List
"Waltz of the Angels" is a tune that several artists recorded, including Kitty Wells, Jean Shepard and The Browns. Patsy's handwritten letter addressed to the Poplar Tavern lists the song as part of her act from as early as 1956.

3. Sound Mixing
A bad connection or faulty cable prevents the vocal from being clearly heard for most of "Waltz of the Angels". The problem is not resolved until well past the halfway mark of the song, at 1:42. Until then, a ghostlike vocal of Patsy faintly bleeds into the band mics while a sound engineer is heard making adjustments. The performance broadcasted this way, and the song wasn't restarted. In other episodes, Owens would stop the performer and cover for such adjustments by filling time with announcements, interviews or sponsorship messages until fixed.

4. Announcer
Joe Sissler calls Patsy to the stage for "Let The Teardrops Fall", although Owens would normally introduce her numbers on the program. Sissler brought sponsorship from Chevy, and served as agent for the Bluegrass Champs, often promoting their dates in separate announcements during these broadcasts. Owens referred to Sissler as the 'head man of the Bluegrass Champs fan club for Chevy'.

5. Memorial Day Episode
Owens closes the broadcast by singing "Did You See My Daddy Over There" in honor of Memorial Day.


Date: August 22, 1959
Location: Raleigh Hotel, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.
Don Owens TV Jamboree (WTTG)

Patsy Cline (v), unknown (acc), Don Owens (mc)

a. aircheck Dear God(Virgil F. Stewart) - 1:47
unissued

To promote her latest single, Patsy lip-syncs "Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul" during the first half of the broadcast. This episode was Patsy's final appearance on the program; Owens does not announce any upcoming dates in the following two broadcasts of August 29 and September 5th, and Patsy had moved to Nashville (with husband and baby) by end of summer.


Date: July 29, 1961
Location: 221 West 4th Street, Tulsa OK.
Cimarron Ballroom Concert

Patsy Cline (v), Billy Dozier (eg), Leon McAuliffe (stg), Curly Lewis, Bob White (fdl), Pee Wee Calhoun (p), Joe Allen (b), Richard Dozier (d), Jack Lloyd (as, cl)

a. live Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)(Virgil F. Stewart) - 1:38
b. live A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)(Bob Hilliard, Milton DeLugg) - 3:10
c. live Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home(Hughie Cannon) - 2:00
d. live I Fall To Pieces(Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran) - 3:18
e. live Lovesick Blues(Irving Mills, Cliff Friend) - 2:00
f. live Shake, Rattle And Roll(Jesse Stone) - 2:24
White Star VHS — Remembering Patsy   (1993)
g. live There He Goes(Eddie Miller, Durwood Haddock, W.S. Stevenson) - 3:00
h. live San Antonio Rose(Bob Wills) - 2:28
i. live Stupid Cupid(Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield) - 2:26
j. live I Fall To Pieces(Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran) - 3:16
k. live If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child)(Sammy Masters, Richard Pope, Tex Satterwhite) - 1:51
l. live Walkin' After Midnight(Don Hecht, Alan Block) - 2:32
m. live Foolin' 'Round(Harlan Howard, Buck Owens) - 3:36
n. live When My Dreamboat Comes Home(Dave Franklin, Cliff Friend) - 3:52
All titles on:
MCA Nashville CD11579 — Live At The Cimarron Ballroom   (1997)

Date: December 2, 1961
Location: City Auditorium, 2727 East Point Drive, East Point GA.
Dixie Jubilee (TV)

Patsy Cline (v), Sun Valley Boys (acc), unknown (mc)

a. aircheck Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)(Virgil F. Stewart) - 1:34
Hallway Productions VHS — The Real Patsy Cline   (1985)
MCA Records CS/CD Box4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
Classics CD6166 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1960-1962   (2009)
b. aircheck A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)(Bob Hilliard, Milton DeLugg) - 2:25
MCA Records CS/CD Box4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
Classics CD6166 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1960-1962   (2009)
c. aircheck Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home(Hughie Cannon) - 1:50
Hallway Productions VHS — The Real Patsy Cline   (1985)
MCA Records CS/CD Box4-10421 — The Patsy Cline Collection   (1991)
White Star VHS — Remembering Patsy   (1993)
Classics CD6166 — The Chronological Classics: Patsy Cline 1960-1962   (2009)
d. aircheck I Fall To Pieces(Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran) - 2:26
unissued
e. aircheck Who Can I Count On(Sammy Masters) - 1:57
unissued
f. aircheck Fool Number One(Kathryn R. Fulton) - 1:28
unissued

This episode of "Dixie Jubilee" was recorded in front of a small audience of 300 people, and broadcast live from the East Point City Auditorium, which held 1,500 seats. The audio tape was made for sponsor Mary Carter Paint, and the program may have simulcast on WTJH radio.


Sessions Reported: 10

Performances Reported: 32

Unique Songs Reported: 24

Unique Issues Reported: 8