Porter Wagoner celebrates golden anniversary at Grand Ole Opry
Sunday, May 20, 2007
– Country Music Hall of Famer Porter Wagoner celebrated his 50th anniversary as an Opry member during a sold-out performance Saturday. Fellow Opry members Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless and Marty Stuart, who is producing a new album on Wagoner titled "Wagonmaster," due in stores June 5, joined him on stage for a performance of the Parton penned hit "I Will Always Love You." When Parton ended her serenade to Wagoner, who was sitting on a stool during the song, she had to wipe away his tears and said, "You can get up now, I'm done hollering at you!"
Earlier in the evening Pete Fisher, general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, presented a circa 1881 gold pocket watch to Wagoner.
Wagoner has had 81 charting singles, including 29 Top 10 records and country classics such as "A Satisfied Mind," "Misery Loves Company," "The Hard Cold Facts of Life," "The Carroll County Accident" and "Green, Green Grass of Home." Wagoner also hosted the syndicated Porter Wagoner Show, which ran for 21 years and reached more than 100 TV markets. It was on this show that Wagoner introduced Parton. The pair went on to have 14 Top 10 duet hits and to win 3 consecutive CMA Awards as Duo of the Year.
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