Nov. 26: Happy Thanksgiving from me at home in 2009 and Ernest Tubb at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 1966, back when it was the Grand Ole Opry House. I don’t know what show this is from; by the looks of it, maybe an internal National Life & Accident Insurance Co. video. But whoever the audience back then for this performance of his Top 5 hit from 1963, E.T. proves he could command a stage even while standing in one spot.

It’s also nice to see his great Texas Troubadours, one of country music’s all-time top dance bands, in action. Leon Rhodes (“Aw, Leon!”) on electric lead guitar, Buddy Charleton on steel, Jack Greene on drums, Cal Smith on rhythm guitar and Jack Drake on bass simply can’t be beat. See what music journalist David Cantwell had to say about them 10 years ago in No Depression. Then learn more about their boss — in Allmusic.com’s bio and from his discography.

Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m taking a few days off, but I’ve picked out some posts worth repeating to get us through the holiday weekend. See you next week.

Happy Thanksgiving, doggone ya!

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