Canadian country music legend Tommy Hunter returned to television for the first time in more than a decade with the special TOMMY HUNTER: TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES which aired Sunday, March 16 at 7 p.m. on CBC Television.
TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES featured clips from his long-running CBC Television series, performances from top country music stars and regulars, and affectionate backward glances at former Tommy Hunter Show guests who are now international stars (i.e:, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill.)
Special guests appearing live included bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent and her band, the hit-making Canadian country trio The Wilkinsons, and long-time Tommy Hunter Show regulars Donna and Leroy Anderson. Even Canadian actress Cynthia Dale made a special cameo appearance to repeat the song and dance she performed with Tommy on the show when the she was only 11 years old. It was indeed a night of memories.
As part of the program Tommy paid tribute to such music legends as Roy Acuff, Hank Snow and Wilf Carter, and, in keeping with his tradition of presenting new talent, introduced 11-year-old banjoist Isaac Balson and 9-year old fiddler Tom Fitzgerald who were joined by the energetic River Road Cloggers from Brampton, Ontario.
Perhaps for many the highlight of the show was Tommy himself, who looked great, had that same sparkle in his eye, and sang better than ever. Towards the end of the special when he picked up that famous book, sat down on the same stool he had always used, and recited the reading "No Charge", there weren't likely many dry eyes anywhere in this Country.
As the show softly came to a conclusion one could clearly detect the emotion in his voice as Tommy thanked all the people who made his 27 years on CBC a success... something he never had a chance to do when the regular series ended in 1992.
As the clock clicked away the final few seconds, Hunter turned to his band and with a smile said "all right boys... one more time"... and closed this show the same way he did week after week for 27 years, singing "I Am A Travelin' Man".
TOMMY HUNTER: TALK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES was created by the award winning production team that made the original CBC series so popular, producer/writer Les Pouliot and director Joan Tosoni.