The Cool Hall of Fame #93


Porter Wagoner

8 comments:

swac said...

Always fascinated by Porter, ever since seeing his syndicated TV show with Dolly Parton as a kid. While his new CD the Wagonmaster is a good one, a new Australian compilation of his darker stuff, The Rubber Room, is a must-have.

huskermould said...

look at the coiff....Doesn't look the same without rhinestones. I wonder what happened between Porter and Dolly and their fall-out.

swac said...

Everything I've read suggests it was purely business, with Parton trying to take more control over her own career, while Wagoner wanting to be the one in charge of her success. Then she signed up with L.A.-based management that ultimately severed the ties between them, and pointed her towards a pop music career (Here You Come Again, Two Doors Down, 9 to 5) that Wagoner would never have condoned.

huskermould said...

when in doubt, just ask swac....Thanks

Testify said...

A further complication though, Porter and Dolly were married!

Tom Sutpen said...

I'm not 100% certain, but I don't think old Porter and Dolly were ever hitched; at least officially. I remember reading that she's been married to the same guy forever . . . a cement contractor, or some such thing . . . and that he's steadfastly kept himself out of her spotlight.

If I'm wrong, then accept my apologies for riding in here like this.

Testify said...

No I'm wrong. I typed in haste. Dolly was/is indeed married to one Carl Dean. This does not appear to have prevented her and Porter from being lovers. According to Porter the couples first sexual encounter took place shortly after their professional union at the Magnolia Motel in Hammond, Louisiana. This blossomed into a love affair which fueled the bitterness of the professional seperation. Dolly commented: "Some people will believe anything they read. Other people will just believe I have bad taste."

Sam said...

I have Dish Network and one of the channels is the RFD Network, which runs shows like The Porter Wagoner Show, Pop Goes The Country and other syndicated country shows of the ilk, only they run them overnights. Still, it you're up that late and you have Dish Network or a Tivo, I recommend this highly.