The Old American Barn Dance

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Not to be confused with ABC Barn Dance.
The Old American Barn Dance
Old American Barn Dance.jpg
Title screen
Directed by Fred A. Niles
Presented by Bill Bailey
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 11
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Original channel DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
35mm film
Audio format Monaural
Original run July 5, 1953 (1953-07-05) – September 13, 1953 (1953-09-13)

The Old American Barn Dance is an American country music television series carried by the DuMont Television Network from July 5 to September 13, 1953.


The summer replacement program, hosted by Bill Bailey, aired on Sunday nights from 10:30–11 p.m. Eastern Time. The series was filmed at Kling Studios, 639 N. Fairbank Court at Ohio Street, in Chicago, Illinois.

Performers included Tennessee Ernie Ford, Pee Wee King, the Candy Mountain Girls, the Chordmen, Merle Travis, Kenny Roberts, Johnny Bond, Homer and Jethro, Patsy Montana and the Kentucky Thoroughbreds.

In 1959, episodes were edited together with segments from Eddy Arnold Time and Jimmy Dean's Town and Country Time (a local Washington, D.C. program) and syndicated by producer Bernard L. Schubert under the title, Your Musical Jamboree.[1]

Episode status[edit]

Three episodes are held in the J. Fred MacDonald collection at the Library of Congress.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ira Gallen. "The Old American Barn Dance". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 


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