Repost from @officialcmhof
In the late 1950s, @Opry linchpin Roy Acuff led an Australia-bred variety series called "Roy Acuff's Open House," sharing a stage with a mix of other Opry performers, including the Wilburn Brothers, June Webb, and the Smoky Mountain Boys and Girls. Episodes offered playing, singing, and dancing (the latter from the Open House Square Dancers), mixing country, gospel, and pop standards.
During this 1959 episode, Acuff and his "Open House" collaborators (including Connie Ellis, Howdy Forrester, Shot Jackson, Robert Lunn, Melba Montgomery, Bashful Brother Oswald, Jimmy Riddle, Lonnie Wilson, and the Wilburns) performed "The Unclouded Day," a hymn that, even then, had a deep and dynamic history. Written in the late 1800s, the song filled countless churches and went on to fill A- and B-Sides for recording artists spanning generations and genres, from the Staple Singers to Brenda Lee, @willienelsonofficial, and @BradPaisley.
The lyrics hinge on a hopeful look heavenward: "O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies / O they tell me of a home far away / O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise / O they tell me of an unclouded day." Watch a clip of "The Unclouded Day" here, and visit the Museum's Watch & Listen page (link in bio) for more.
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