Monday, March 17, 2014

40 Year Itch: Ups and Downs

On March 16, 1974, beleaguered President Richard Nixon appeared at the inaugural show of the new $15 million Grand Old Opry where he praised country music, saying that it "radiates love of this nation and patriotism". He also played with a yo-yo and performed three tunes at the piano, including "Happy Birthday" to First Lady Pat Nixon.

    In fewer than 5 months Nixon would get drummed out of office thanks to the Watergate scandal.

 Minnie Pearl also performed on opening night.

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