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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Opryland's Instruments of Mass Destruction


Once upon a time in Nashville, Tennessee there was an amusement park called Opryland USA.  The musical themed attraction featured shows, rides, and in the early years, cartoon instrument mascots.

Opryland's characters included Johnny Guitar, Jose Mandolin, Yancey Banjo, Delilah Dulcimer, Barney Bass and Frankie Fiddle.


These characters were long gone by the time I made my first visit to Opryland in 1985.  I think they are very charming.  And really bizarre.  In a good way.

Opryland opened in 1972.  The park went through many changes over the years.


For this Opryland map, only three of the instrument characters were used, which is interesting.


Opryland's mascots looked sort of like a mash-up of the characters from a McDonald's Playland and the world of Sid and Marty Krofft TV shows like H.R. Pufnstuf and Lidsville.


I imagine plenty of children were terrified of these characters.

This postcard has a copyright of 1976, and was written in 1981.  Opryland's instrument mascots were gone by 1982.


The "Big G" General Mills Cereal characters (like the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee and Count Chocula) became Opryland's mascots by 1982.

The instruments appeared on some groovy early Opryland merchandise.


It looks like the Soul Train made a stop in Opryland.


Barney Bass looks rather grotesque here.  There.  I said it.

Yancey Banjo is really cool and suave.  It's the mustache.


Delilah Dulcimer seems like a Mae West kind of character.

Frankie and Barney really are giving off a Spongebob Squarepants vibe here.


Sadly, Opryland closed in 1997.  The amusement park is gone, but the Opryland Hotel continues to operate very successfully.

Did the spurned Opryland instruments orchestrate the closure of the park?  Did they regret playing second fiddle to the Trix Rabbit?  Were they fired because they played themselves in public all the time?  We'll never know, because they are out of tune and have been silenced forever.

4 comments:

  1. I wish I could have seen this place before it closed. I was thinking Lidsville too, when I saw those instruments! Ha! Johnny Guitar is the name of a western movie from the 1950's starring John Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge!

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  2. TokyoMagic!: I never knew there was a movie called Johnny Guitar. That was pretty clever of Opryland. I read "John Crawford" as "Joan Crawford" and was trying to picture that movie.

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  3. Oooops, you were actually right! I meant Joan Crawford, not John Crawford! It's a pretty good Joan Crawford movie. I highly recommend it. Sparks fly between Joan's and Mercedes' characters on screen, but the actresses reportedly clashed on the set in real life. Joan was supposedly very jealous of her! And Peggy Lee sings the theme song! And it's in color!

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  4. Whoa! That is crazy! "No more wire guitar strings ever!"

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