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For years, Patsy Cline had been a regular performer on the network television program Ozark Jubilee, which was known as Country Music Jubilee and Jubilee USA when she appeared on the show. Cline was one of the big name artists to appear on the show, which also featured a cast of regulars.
Starting in 1956, Cline began appearing on Jubilee on a frequent basis. Every few months she’d show up to sing some of her material, such as “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Try Again.” But her final appearance on the show in 1960 was undoubtably her most unique, as it gave her the opportunity to show off her comical side.
While Cline was known for having a tough exterior, she let loose a little bit during a silly performance of “Reuben and Rachel” along with Eddy Arnold, June Valli, and Cowboy Copas. The tune dates back all the way to 1871, and in the years following Cline’s performance it went on to become a popular song for children to sing on the playground.
In a clip containing rare footage from Cline’s performance, she is seen rushing from the side of the stage to join the others for the song. The four of them turned around to face away from the camera before Cline and Valli turned back around and started to sing. They bounced up and down throughout the song, and although it was a bit odd to see Cline dancing, she was clearly enjoying herself, as evident from the big smile on her face.
As the comical routine continued, Cline and Valli shot back and forth with Arnold and Copas in the call and response song, before it seemed the gals finally got the better of the guys. Valli ended up grabbing Arnold by the ear and dragging him off stage, while Cline did the same to Copas.
We’re glad this footage from Cline’s Jubilee performance resurfaced, because it gave us the chance to see a side of her we rarely have. It brought a smile to our faces, and now we hope it brings a smile to yours.
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