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  • May 8, 1960
    The Browns perform "The Old Lamplighter" from New York during an installment of CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show"
    Jun 5, 1960
    "The George Gobel Show" airs on CBS-TV in its final prime-time appearance, concluding a six-year run that began on rival NBC. Gobel launched his career as a comedian on WLS Radio's landmark "National Barn Dance" program
    Jun 16, 1960
    Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs appear on the CBS-TV special "Folk Sound U.S.A." Hosted by Cisco Houston, the one-hour program also features Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker and Peter, Paul & Mary
    Oct 3, 1960
    "The Andy Griffith Show" debuts on CBS. Set in Mayberry, North Carolina, it runs eight years and features The Dillards, a bluegrass band that influences The Eagles, as a recurring TV group The Darlings, beginning in 1963
    Feb 13, 1961
    Clarence White and Roland White appear as members of The Country Boys on an episode of the CBS sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show"
    Feb 19, 1961
    Bill Black's Combo performs an instrumental medley on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The medley includes a version of "Don't Be Cruel," a song on which Black played bass for his former employer, Elvis Presley
    May 1, 1961
    Roland White and Clarence White appear as members of the fictitious band The Country Boys in an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" on CBS
    Oct 3, 1961
    CBS debuts "The Dick Van Dyke Show." The cast includes Morey Amsterdam, who wrote Dick Jurgens' 1947 country hit "(Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming," and Mary Tyler Moore, who founds the 1980s country label MTM Records
    Oct 29, 1961
    The Everly Brothers appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show," along with comedian George Gobel and Broadway star Robert Goulet
    Nov 5, 1961
    Jimmy Dean performs "Big Bad John" in New York for CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show"

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