U.S. TV show. Four TV episodes featuring a fantastic mix of rockabilly, hillbilly and country music late 1950s style! Terrific lightning speed guitar duels between Larry Collins and Joe Maphis! Very cool 1950s rockabilly on TV! The presenter of this show was Tex Ritter, and it ran for four years. The regular announcer was Jay Stewart, who also worked on the 'Town Hall Party' shows. Excellent sound and picture quality here.
"One of the popular American Country & Western shows of the 1950s was Town Hall Party, a barn dance program put off every Saturday night in Compton, California. The West Coast's answer to the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry, it was broadcast first on radio and then went to TV in the Los Angeles area. The cast of Town Hall Party came to include Tex Ritter as MC, Joe Maphis and Rose Lee Maphis, Johnny Bond, Merle Travis, and Larry & Lorrie Collins ('The Collins Kids'). The program featured guest spots by many country and rock & roll artists of the day: Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, to name a few. Bluegrass fans may be interested to know that the White brothers, Clarence and Roland, got their start as teenagers (billed as 'The Country Boys') on Town Hall Party.
The show was such a success that Screen Gems packaged 39 half-hour segments on film for TV distribution as Western Ranch Party, hosted by Tex Ritter. The series was picked up by CJON-TV in St. John's, Newfoundland and became a must-see for fans of country music at 6 o'clock every Wednesday evening on Channel 6. This was in the days before CBC-TV when CJON was the only channel and was on the air for only half the day - from early afternoon until The Late Show finished sometime after midnight."