Memories of East Tennessee's "Midday Merry Go Round"

It's close to the noon hour, the late 1930's. Folks are lined up for blocks in downtown Knoxville, waiting for the daily 12:05 lunch special, "Midday Merry Go Round." It's a buffet of East Tennessee's most ... Full Story
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Homer

Franklin, TN

#1 Mar 3, 2007
John Hitch's show is one to see! I enjoyed it very much, thanks for keeping the tradition alive John!
W L Green

AOL

#2 Mar 14, 2007
nashville was very good but i could never forget the midday merry go round at wnox when i was young i am now 75
Wesley Kirby

AOL

#3 Jul 13, 2008
My sister lived in Knoxville, and would send money for me and my siblings to catch the old L&N train to knoxville during our vacation from school. She would take us to the Mid Day Merry Go Round, and my favorite singer and star was Molly O'day. She was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen. She was also the best singer.
When she left the Mid Day Merry Go Round to go back home to Kentucky, I was so let down and grieved for weeks after she left. I was about 12 years old at that time. I now have all her 38 recordings.
Alvin Smith

Hayden, ID

#4 May 29, 2009
There was a guitar picker with NO arms... Ray..? Also remember Hot SHot Elmer??
tn ridgerunner

Murfreesboro, TN

#5 Jun 10, 2009
his name was ray myers,i hope i spelled the last name correctly,he played with his toes.knoxville sure has changed since the 50s a person could walk anywhere in knoxville then,and be safe,not anymore.
kyle miller

Woodstock, GA

#6 Jul 11, 2009
my memories of itere so dear.hotshot elmer was the best
Ray Harrison

AOL

#7 Aug 3, 2009
I played in charlie monroe's band for a short time on the mid day merry go round that was a very nice experience i will never forget the time i played there with him.
fred

Midland, TX

#8 Aug 12, 2009
I just went to utube and typed in wnox and that led me to some nice stuff. Its nice to be re-born again musically...
Jeni Kitts

Paducah, KY

#9 Aug 22, 2009
My Dad, Aunt and Uncle Used to be favorites on the midday merry go round...Perhaps some might remember them and the "The Kitts Trio" from Luttrell, they had a hit called Kentucky Too bad Knoxville couldn't see the the talent and potential for out city to be the musical capital. Heard alot about this growing up.
Charlie Gibson

AOL

#10 Jan 2, 2010
Alvin Smith wrote:
There was a guitar picker with NO arms... Ray..? Also remember Hot SHot Elmer??
His name was Ray Myers. He held the slide & pick with his toes. He also had a car rigged so he could drive it with his feet. And Hot Shot Elmer was played by Bill Carlyle. Remember the horn-rimmed glasses, drawn freckles, blacked-out teeth, and false big toes? His by-word was "Foot Fire!".
Mike Stallo

United States

#11 Jan 21, 2010
Does anybody remember Tennessee Walt and more specifically does anyone remember Boyd Goins ? He goes by Bunton Goins ? He played with Walt in the late 40's andearly 50's
Debbie Ashe

Brentwood, TN

#12 Feb 12, 2010
Ray Harrison wrote:
I played in charlie monroe's band for a short time on the mid day merry go round that was a very nice experience i will never forget the time i played there with him.
My dad, Charlie Pickel, was Archie Campbell's sidekick on the Mid-day Merry Go Round. There is a statue off of Gay Street in Knoxville with all of their names on it, including Chet Atkins who played there when he was very young. Dad had extremely fond memories of these times.
Dean Lawson

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#13 Feb 13, 2010
I grew up out side Knoxville in Powell.My Mom and Dad would take me and my brothers and sister to the Midday Merry Go Round.This was in the late 1940s & early 1950s.Going to the Merry Go Round is still some of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Tennessee.Used to ride the bus from Powell to Knoxville and go to the Tennessee Theater.It cost 25 cents to ride the bus each way.Those were the days.

“Picking Apart the Facts”

Since: Sep 09

Richlands

#14 Feb 15, 2010
I didn't get to listen to Mid Day Merry-go-round all that much but I saw some of them in person such as Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Valley Folks and Carl Story and The Ramblin' Mountaineers. When I saw Carl Story in person, he had Ray Atkins, Claude Boone and Tater Tate with him. Molly, in later years, became a preacher in Cleveland and Chillicothe, Ohio. After years there she went back to Pike County, Kentucky. I still have her records. I mostly listened to WCYB in Bristol those days. I lived in Southwest Virginia. I love those days!!!!
ben

United States

#15 Mar 22, 2010
Ray Harrison wrote:
I played in charlie monroe's band for a short time on the mid day merry go round that was a very nice experience i will never forget the time i played there with him.
i was told that my great grandfather, George Lee Holden was on the show. i think some people called him Lee. But he had vaudeville stage-names like "Greasy" and "Stackhouse". my name is ben and any information would be great. thanks for your time.
teri buchanan

United States

#16 Nov 3, 2010
I have a poster that I found in a dresser drawer many years ago. The poster is of a concert down at paint rock school in loudon,tn.but doesn't have a year on it. The featured players were chester(chet) atkins maebelle carter.carter sisters.& june carter.I am 53 my mom turns 70 next month. Does anyone have any info on when this may have been?
Toni

Fairfield, CA

#17 Aug 6, 2012
My mother, Katie Graham Householder used to sign on the Mid Day Merri Go Round in the early 30' s, does anyone remember her or have any information on that time period?
Georgia Gardner

Akron, OH

#18 Jan 15, 2013
Mr Owl 1939 wrote:
I didn't get to listen to Mid Day Merry-go-round all that much but I saw some of them in person such as Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Valley Folks and Carl Story and The Ramblin' Mountaineers. When I saw Carl Story in person, he had Ray Atkins, Claude Boone and Tater Tate with him. Molly, in later years, became a preacher in Cleveland and Chillicothe, Ohio. After years there she went back to Pike County, Kentucky. I still have her records. I mostly listened to WCYB in Bristol those days. I lived in Southwest Virginia. I love those days!!!!
My Dad. Was Speedy Krise, who played the dobro with Molly O'Day. I remember it well.
Georgia Gardner

Akron, OH

#19 Jan 15, 2013
Dean Lawson wrote:
I grew up out side Knoxville in Powell.My Mom and Dad would take me and my brothers and sister to the Midday Merry Go Round.This was in the late 1940s & early 1950s.Going to the Merry Go Round is still some of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Tennessee.Used to ride the bus from Powell to Knoxville and go to the Tennessee Theater.It cost 25 cents to ride the bus each way.Those were the days.
We share the same memories. My Dad worked at WNOX.
Dean Lawson

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#20 Mar 26, 2013
Georgia Gardner wrote:
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We share the s
ame memories. My Dad worked at WNOX.
And good memories they are Georgia. What did your Dad do at WNOX?

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