Opryland Usa Special To Feature Mandrell, Avalon And Other Stars

Posted: October 04, 1987

Barbara Mandrell and Frankie Avalon have just videotaped co-hosting roles in an Opryland USA one-hour musical variety TV special to be syndicated next March and April as a preview to the Nashville theme park's 1988 season.

The show, Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of America's Music, also stars Randy Travis, Charley Pride, Minnie Pearl and several other headliners of the Grand Ole Opry, plus comedian Arte Johnson, gospel singer Bobby Jones and his New Life Singers, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Tennessee State University Marching Band.

"We're famous for our country music at Opryland USA, but our nickname is ''The Home of American Music," notes E.W. Wendell, Opryland USA Inc. president and chief executive officer. "We're out to prove that with this special."

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Naomi and Wynonna Judd will spend a week this Thanksgiving season entertaining U.S. armed services personnel. The mother-daughter duo will perform at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba and Palmerola Air Base, Honduras.

Speaking of the Judds, they and Randy Travis recently broke an all-time attendance record at the Indiana State Fair, drawing 17,249 fans. The demand for tickets was such that fair executives rented additional bleachers for the show.

Rosie Flores - whose first Warner Bros./Reprise Records LP, Rosie Flores, has just been released - has a diverse musical background. Her native town of San Antonio gave her not only Tex-Mex but a large dose of other sounds that included Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley and Creedence Clearwater Revival. When her family moved to San Diego when she was 12, Flores was introduced to surf, punk and California pop.

After she started playing music, she worked in an all-girl psychedelic country-rock band and a folk duo, then as the rockish female star with an all-male backup group, and finally in the all-female Screamin' Sirens.

Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam XIII, which recently played to a record- breaking, capacity crowd at Nashville's Starwood Amphitheater, also reached an estimated 100 million people as part of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

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