Monday, September 21, 2009

Howdy, Folks(ingers)!

funny word of the day: hootenanny

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈhü-tə-ˌna-nē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural hoo·te·nan·nies
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1929
1 chiefly dialect : gadget 2 : a gathering at which folksingers entertain often with the audience joining in

Although I'm not familiar with it, according to Wikipedia, there was a television show called "Hootenanny" in the 1960s. Hootenanny was a musical variety television show broadcast in the United States on ABC from April 1963 to September 1964. The program was hosted by Jack Linkletter. It primarily featured pop-oriented folk music acts, including The Journeymen, The Limeliters, the Chad Mitchell Trio, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, Ian & Sylvia, The Big 3, Hoyt Axton, Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, The Tarriers, Bud & Travis, and the Smothers Brothers. Although both popular and influential, the program is primarily remembered today for the controversy created when the producers blacklisted certain folk music acts, which then led to a boycott by others.

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