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Pic of the Week: Carnegie Hall, Country Style Edition

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Portrait of Ernest Tubb, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., Sept. 18-19, 1947. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb

Known as the Texas Troubador, Ernest Tubb was born on February 9, 1914 in Ellis County, Texas.  His best known song is probably “Walking the floor over you,” but owing to my heritage I am partial to “My Filipino baby.”  In September 1947, Tubb led the first Grand Ole Opry in New York’s Carnegie Hall, accompanied by future Hee Haw regular Minnie Pearl as well as a number of musicians with names out of Damon Runyon: Cy Sweat, Smokey Swan, and Radio Dot,  the latter two of which were a country singing couple from Australia. You can see these and more Carnegie Hall country stars in the William P. Gottlieb Collection.


  1. Ernest’s two greatest songs were “Waltz Across Texas” and “Blue Christmas.”

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