A few of the concerts at the bandshell included:
1937-1968 Summer Sunday Concerts:

1961: Jim Reeves & The Nashville Symphony Orchestra  1968-1970
WMAK Music Festivals: Grand Funk Railroad , Tony Joe White ,
B.J. Thomas The Box Tops & many others.  1970: Roy Orbison
& "Steel Mill" with an unknown Bruce Springsteen.  
1986 Tennessee Homecoming '86 Concert: with Pat Boone
1998 The Dixie Chicks
: at The Bandshell
The  Centennial  Park  Bandshell
Some of the early concerts in Nashville took place at Centennial Park
1986: Pat Boone returns to the Bandshell
(above: page & text from concert program)
The Unforgettable Jim
Reeves Live CD
with songs that he recorded with
The Nashville Symphony Orchestra
at Centennial Park on August 16, 1961
Pat Boone was born in 1934, and grew up in Nashville.
He sold more records than any other artist except Elvis Presley in the
1950's. From 1955 to date (1986), only six artists (Elvis, The Beatles,
The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John & James Brown) are
ranked above him in total single sales and their relative chart
positions. He had a total of 60 hits
Jim Reeves only performance with an orchestra.
He was an international star, known all over the world.
Jim Reeves died in a plane that he was piloting
near Nashville on July 31, 1964
For 32 years the sound of music filled Centennial Park
on summer Sunday afternoons.
On July 25, 1937, electric organist Leon Cole stepped
out on Centennial Parks's bandshell stage and
introduced himself to a handful of Nashvillians who
were scattered on the lawn.
It was Cole's idea to offer the city a free outdoor
summer concert. The idea worked and concert
attendance grew in the following weeks.
At Cole's request the
Tennessean's new publisher,
Silliman Evans Sr., agreed that his paper would sponser
the event.
In those early years, the concerts featured mostly
community singers and amatuer musicians, but they
sometimes shaded the stage with better-known
Following World War II, the park concerts began
attracting well-known stars as Nashville became a major
recording center. Nashville jeweler Fred Waller became
the master of ceremonies. He was succeeded by
Tennessean staff columnists Bill Maples and Elmer
The featured performers read, like a Who's Who of
popular and country music. The entertainers included:
Minnie Pearl, Roger Miller, Tex Ritter, Chet Adkins,
Brenda Lee, The Jordanaires, The Everly Brothers,
Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family, Bill Monroe,
Ray Stevens, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins,
Boots Randolph and many others.
Dozens of talented young artists got their start at the
park's bandshell and went on to various degrees of
success in show business. The most successful of the
young amateurs was Pat Boone. Both Pat and his wife,
the former Miss Shirley Foley (daughter of country star
Red Foley), were named "Discoveries of the Week" in
the early 1950's. In those years Pat's voice was heard by
thousands of concert goers.
Today he is back to sing and relive the old fashioned
family entertainment that took place from 1937
through 1968 at Centennial Park.
The Bandshell
March 7, 2004
Park pictures by
Pat Adams
The Parthenon at Nashville Tennessee's Centennial Park
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