The Executive Inn Showroom Lounge hosted many major concerts from 1977 to 2008. It’s Throwback Thursday, so join us as we revisit some of the biggest and best acts of the 70s to take to the stage in Owensboro . From Johnny Cash, Sammy Davis Jr., Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton and every musician in between, it’s been a memorable decade in Owensboro!

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I have so many fond memories of the Showroom Lounge in downtown Owensboro. My first visit to the Executive Inn Rivermont was when I visited in 1993 for a Waxworks convention. I was just a small town girl, so you can imagine how I felt when I first walked through the doors. It was the tallest high rise hotel I have ever seen. The Showroom Lounge was so bright, welcoming and spacious. I had no idea that in October 1994 I would be moving to Owensboro and spending a lot more time there.

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TheDJMilesLong via YouTube

Remember the Executive Inn Rivermont

Entrepreneur Bob Green had a vision for the Owensboro waterfront in the 1970s. Although he had many accomplishments in his lifetime, the most significant that affected the Owensboro community was the construction of the Executive Inn Rivermont. He already had Executive Inn locations in Evansville and Vincennes, but turning his vision to downtown Owensboro created decades of tourism and entertainment. The 250-room hotel and convention center opened on October 14, 1977. More rooms will be added during the construction project.

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TheDJMilesLong via YouTube

Rivermont Executive Inn Showroom Lounge

When the Executive Inn opened, there was a big party. The animation of the inauguration took place in the International Rooms because the Showroom Lounge was not quite finished. By the time Charlie Rich was invited to be part of the celebration, he already had two number one hits, “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl.” He was at the peak of his career! Comedian Woody Woodbury also took the stage during the Grand Opening Ceremony. Woodbury was a beloved comedian, actor, and talk show host who dominated the 60s. Everyone was singing, dancing, and laughing at the event! Here are the biggest artists who took the stage at the Executive Inn Rivermont in the 70s.

CHARLIE RICH – OCTOBER 14, 1977

JIM ED BROWN SHOW – OCTOBER 17 – 22, 1977

PHYLLIS DILLER – OCTOBER 31 TO NOVEMBER 5, 1977

ANNE MURPHY – 7 – 12 NOVEMBER 1977

JIM BAILEY – DECEMBER 5-10, 1977

LYNN ANDERSON – DECEMBER 11, 1977

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Archives Hulton/Getty Images

FRANK SINATRA JR. – FROM JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 4, 1978

TOM JONES – 10 – 11 FEBRUARY 1978

BRENDA LEE – FEBRUARY 13-18, 1978

THE MILLS BROTHERS – MARCH 27 TO APRIL 1, 1978

THE FIFTH DIMENSION – MAY 15, 20, 1978

THE LETTERMEN – 25 – 29 JULY 1978

INK POINTS – FROM JULY 31 TO AUGUST 5, 1978

JOHNNY CASH – AUGUST 18 – 19, 1978

BURL IVES – AUGUST 25 – 26, 1978

THE MAC DAVIS SHOW – SEPTEMBER 1 – 2, 1978

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Getty Images for NBC

JERRY LEE LEWIS – SEPTEMBER 18, 1978

JIM NABORS – 29 – 30 SEPTEMBER 1978

FATS DOMINO – OCTOBER 2, 1978

DIONNE WARWICK – 27 – 28 OCTOBER 1978

TEMPTATIONS – NOVEMBER 3 – 4, 1978

CHUBBY CHECKER – NOVEMBER 10 – 11, 1978

MEL TILLIS – DECEMBER 29, 1978

Frederick Breedon

Frederick Breedon

LORNA LUFT – JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 3, 1979

TONY MARTIN & CYD CHARISSE – 8 – 10 FEBRUARY 1979

RONNIE MILSAP – 16 – 17 FEBRUARY 1979

WAYE NEWTON – MARCH 16 – 17, 1979

MICKEY GILLEY AND THE RED ROSE EXPRESS – MARCH 23 – 24, 1979

CRYSTAL GAYLE – APRIL 6 – 7, 1979

GLEN CAMPBELL – JUNE 8 – 9, 1979

SAMMY DAVIS JR. – 13 – 14 JULY 1979

CHARO – 5 – 6 OCTOBER 1979

FRANKIE AVALON – 9 – 10 NOVEMBER 1979

These are just a few of the exceptional artists who came to play at the Showroom Lounge in the 70s. Have you seen any of these performances? What was your favourite? Join us as we reminisce and soon celebrate the most popular performances of the 80s. This decade provided music from Donnie & Marie, Reba, The Judds, Marshall Tucker Band, and more!

Here is a great video to keep the memories alive.

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