The Longhorn Ballroom is a music venue and country western dance hall in Dallas, Texas (USA). It was known in the early 1950s as Bob Wills' Ranch House when the large ballroom was built and operated by O.L. Nelms, an eccentric Dallas millionaire, for his close friend, western swing bandleader Bob Wills. When Wills left, O.L. Nelms leased the sprawling dance club to Jack Ruby who later killed Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy's accused assassin. O.L. Nelms then sold the property to his close friend and business partner Dewey Groom.
On January 10, 1978 it achieved brief infamy in national music circles when the Sex Pistols appeared there and during their performance taunted the audience, resulting in a woman head-butting Sid Vicious. Before the Sex Pistols, the venue hosted mainly country music artists including Charley Pride, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Conway Twitty, Bob Wills, Loretta Lynn, Hank Thompson, Willie Nelson and Patsy Montana.
The Longhorn Ballroom returned to brief infamy in 1991, when 2 Live Crew refused to go on stage for a scheduled show, resulting in fights among their fans and police.
Dallas soul stalwart Johnnie Taylor released a live video filmed at the Longhorn in 1997.
The owner of Longhorn Ballroom is now Raul Ramirez who also owns the restaurant "Raul's Corral" Mexican Restaurant right next to it.
- Noel E. Monk: 12 Days on the Road: The Sex Pistols and America, HarperCollins (1992) ISBN 0-688-11274-9 Google books
- Loretta Lynn, with Patsi Bale Cox: Still Woman Enough: A Memoir, Hyperion (2002) ISBN 0-7868-6650-0 Google books
- Patsy Montana, Jane C. Frost: Patsy Montana: The Cowboy's Sweetheart, McFarland & Company (2002) ISBN 0-7864-1080-9 Google books
- Dallas Observer article from November, 2008 http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2008/11/echoes_and_reverberations_the_2.php