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Mixing country and soul

Little Jimmy Dickens and the Platters are the headliners at Silver Springs.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


OCALA -- Silver Springs will offer a mix of Nashville and Motown this weekend, with the Legends of the Opry Show on Saturday and a Fabulous '50s Festival on Sunday.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Little Jimmy Dickens headlines the Legends of the Opry Show, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Dickens is known for his traditional country and likely will perform songs such as Wabash Cannonball and Little, But I'm Loud. He is scheduled to take the stage at 1 p.m.

Other performers are David Frizell, whose many hits include I'm Gonna Hire A Wino (To Decorate Our Home), You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma and Lost My Baby Blues. The rest of the Opry show roster features Johnny Russell, Jack Greene, Stonewall Jackson, Jeanne Pruett and the Music City Show Band.

On Sunday, the Platters headline the Fabulous '50s Festival, beginning at 11:30 a.m. They will perform memorable hits as Only You, The Magic Touch and Twilight Time. The other bands are all well-known '50s doo-wop and Motown groups -- the Drifters (There Goes My Baby and Up On The Roof), the Cornell Gunter Coasters (Yaketey Yak and Charlie Brown) and the Marvellettes (Please, Mr. Postman and Don't Mess With Bill).

Guests can bring their own blankets or folding chairs or rent chairs from the park for $1. Upcoming shows include a bluegrass festival with the Osborne Brothers on Feb. 24, the Lettermen on Feb. 25 and George Jones on March 3.

Silver Springs is a 350-acre nature park, on State Road 40 one mile east of Ocala. All concerts and special events are included in the regular admission price of $30.95 for adults and $21.95 for children. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (352) 236-2121 or visit the Web site at http://www.silversprings.com.

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