Fantantic show by Mel McDaniel singing his greatest hits, plus George Hamilton IV and his son George Hamilton V. Live at Wembley, in 1987. What a show!
Melvin Huston McDaniel (September 6, 1942 – March 31, 2011) was an American country music artist. His chart-making years were mainly the 1980s with his hits from that era including "Louisiana Saturday Night", "Big Ole Brew", "Stand Up", the Number One "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", "I Call It Love", "Stand on It", and a remake of Chuck Berry's "Let It Roll (Let It Rock)".
McDaniel's type of country music has been referred to as "the quintessential happy song" in comparison to other country artists who discuss broken hearts and lost loves. When asked why most of his songs are mostly positive, McDaniel told the Anchorage Daily News that "there's enough things in the world to keep you bummed out" and that his fans don't want to "hear me singing something that's gonna bum 'em out some more.
Impresario Mervyn Conn was responsible for staging the International Festivals of Country Music at the Wembley Arena, in London, for 23 years. The first festival was in 1969 with the final curtain falling in 1991.
1987 line up
Rex Allen Jnr., Boxcar Willie, Moe Bandy, Bobby Bare, Bellamy Brothers, David Allan Coe, Colorado, Tommy Collins, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jerry Douglas, Leon Everette, Forrester Sisters, Janie Fricke, George Hamilton IV, George Hamilton V, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, Hogan's Heroes, Sleepy LaBeef, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patty Loveless, Mel McDaniel, Mark O'Connor, Newgrass Revival, Pinkertons Colours, Peter Rowan, Johnny Russell, Connie Smith and Tanya Tucker.