The square dancing on the postcard above is at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance which was broadcast on radio throughout the U. S. on Saturday nights. This postcard is from the late 1950s.
Renfro Valley Barn Dance was an American country music stage and radio show originally carried by WLW-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday nights. It debuted on October 9, 1937 from the Cincinnati Music Hall and moved to the Memorial Auditorium in Dayton, Ohio. . . . The show later moved to larger quarters near Mt. Vernon, Kentucky in November 1939 and was carried by WHAS-AM in Louisville, the NBC Radio Network and WCKY-AM in Cincinnati. The program is no longer broadcast, but a live show bearing its name takes place on Saturday nights at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. A sister program, the Renfro Valley Gatherin' (established in 1943), continues to air. (source: Wikipedia).
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2014. You can read more about its history here, and you can listen to some of the Renfro Valley Gatherin Radio Shows here.
The next two postcards are probably from the 1960s. The man with the white beard is Old Joe Clark. "Old Joe Clark" is the name of a popular song and was the stage name of Manuel Clark (1922-1998) who performed from the 1940s into the 1990s on the Barn Dance as a singer, banjo player, and comedian. He is described as "A Living Legend" on the back of the postcards and "star of film and T. V., artist of the nationally famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance each Saturday night."
Play this Renfro Valley 1965 Movie Clip video to see see some good old time square dancing and hear some good old time country music.
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