night train tv music program 1965
Perhaps the most riveting section of the exhibit is the huge video screen running clips from two pioneering television programs. Night Train premiered in 1964 as one of the first music series to feature an all-black cast. Produced in Nashville at WLAC-TV, Night Train predates the Chicago-based Soul Train by five years. The clip at the Hall of Fame shows a pre-psychedelic Jimi Hendrix swaggering in a backing band for what is believed to be his very first TV appearance.
In 1966, Nashville's TV studios still didn't have the equipment needed to produce programs in color. As a result, Show Biz Inc., which syndicated the Wilburn Brothers and Porter Wagoner's country TV shows, took WLAC disc jockey Hoss Allen and an entire cast of Nashville musicians to Houston to produce The!!!! Beat, an all-too-brief series that featured national acts such as Otis Redding, Freddy King and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
Night Train was produced in Nashville from TV station WLAC Channel 5 and aired from 1964 - 1967. The show was hosted by Noble Blackwell. On this edition we have the talents of Buddy and Stacey, Jimmy Church, The Avons, Spidels, Tony Clarke, Pamela Releford and several other acts. The picture & sound quality are a bit rough on this one but I know you'll enjoy the program.