Village Barn

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Village Barn
Genre country music
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Camera setup multi-camera
Running time 50, then 30 minutes
Original network NBC-TV
Picture format black-and-white NTSC 4:3
Audio format monaural
Original release May 24, 1948 (1948-05-24) – September 1949 (1949-09)

Village Barn was the first country music program on American network television. Broadcast by NBC-TV from May 24, 1948[1]–September 1949 and from January 16–May 29, 1950, the live weekly variety series originated from The Village Barn, a country music nightclub in New York City's Greenwich Village.

Hosts included Zebe Carver, Dick Thomas, Dick Dutley, Bob Stanton (Robert Haymes), Rosalie Allen and Ray Forrest. Guests for the premiere, a 40-minute broadcast by WNBT-TV, were Texas Ruby and Curly Fox along with The Dixie Boys.[2]

Performers included Pappy Howard and His Tumbleweed Gang, Harry Ranch and His Kernels of Korn, Bill Long's Ranch Girls, Plute Pete (1948–1949) and Romolo De Spirito (1949).[3] Shorty Warren and His Western Rangers appeared in November 1948.[4] In July 1949, Oklahoma governor Roy J. Turner appeared, singing his single, "My Memory Trail".[5]

The show also featured square dancing and audience participation in kiddie car, hobby horse and potato sack races.

NBC schedules[edit]

  • May 24–October 1948: Monday, 9:10–10 p.m. ET
  • October 1948–January 1949: Wednesday, 10:10–11 p.m. ET
  • January–May 1949: Wednesday, 8:30–9 p.m. ET
  • May–July 1949: Monday, 10–10:30 p.m. ET
  • July–September 1949: Thursday, 10–10:30 p.m. ET
  • January 16–May 29, 1950: Monday, 9:30–10 p.m. ET

The Village Barn nightclub[edit]

The Village Barn nightclub, in the basement of Electric Lady Studios in New York City, was opened in November 1930 by owner Meyer Horowitz, who resigned as president and director on October 19, 1951. He was succeeded by his brother, Lawrence (Horowitz) Horton, who subsequently left to pursue other interests. Ownership remained with family members, including Horton, who returned to active management in the early 1960s; a nephew, George Goodman; and son Michael. Meyer Horowitz remained active as a consultant until the Barn closed in August 1967.[6]

In 1931, Rudy Vallée, who had a nearby club, Villa Vallée, discovered Judy Canova at the Barn. Don Cornell, the Hartmans and other stars also got their start at the club.



  1. ^ "Niteries on TV Pose Problems" (June 5, 1948), The Billboard, p. 1
  2. ^ Sippel, Johnny "Folk-Talent and Tunes" (August 28, 1948), The Billboard, p. 52
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1992). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-37792-3. 
  4. ^ Sippel, Johnny "Folk-Talent and Tunes" (November 6, 1948), The Billboard, p. 33
  5. ^ "Gov. Turner Gets Gotham Send-off On His New Tune" (July 30, 1949), The Billboard, p. 17
  6. ^ Watson, Sonny. "Dance History Archive". Retrieved 2000-03-20.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)


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