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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Bob Pryor Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

#21 Apr 2, 2013
As a kid I appeared several times on the "Saturday Nite Barn Dance" in the mid to late 1950's. It was great being around Lowell Blanchard, Jerry Collins, Troy Hatcher(drums ), Dave Durham (trumpet), Don.Gibson, Red Rector, and Fred Smith. Tony Musco and Harry Nidus were regulars.They were all very talented. We traveled all over Tennessee and N.C. doing shows. Great experience for a 12-14 year old. When younger I attended the "Mid Day Merry Go Round" on N. Gay Street. Darrell Glen sung "Crying in the chapel". Hotshot Elmer always stole the show. Great memories.
Russell Douglass

Houston, TX

#22 May 4, 2013
I am now they owner on a 1926 gibson tb2 and a 1927 gibson ajr mandolin. They where both played on WNOX in the thirties. The owners were ollie and sue ellison. Looking for info on them. I know the girls where from morristown, Tn. Thanks
Russell Douglass

Houston, TX

#23 May 4, 2013
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Donna Chapin- Texas

Missouri City, TX

#24 Jul 12, 2014
My mother and her two sisters sang on the Midday Merry Go Round in
the early 40's. They were the Maples sisters: Sylvia (my mom), Pat,
and Bea. They also sang with Archie Campbell. Does anyone
remember them?

Louisville, TN

#26 Oct 13, 2014
I went to the MDMGR when I was a kid -- it was down on the east side of Gay street, just South of
Jackson Ave ... I don't remember what it cost to get in ...Lowell B. had a riddle going, and he would give people a chance to solve the riddle before the doors opened -- I remember hearing people saying, "Line up, everybody, here comes Lowell" ... My favorite was Archie Campbell singing and doing his "Grandpappy" comedy act ... When I got a little older, I caddied for Archie at Holston Hills -- he called me "Racehorse" because as soon as he hit the ball, I was after it like a shot. He was a good golfer was always talking about "Pudge", his wife, and he was good for a $.50 tip, which was a handsome amount in the late '40's ...

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