Jeannie Seely Stuns On Grand Ole Opry Stage With Recreation Of Iconic Look

This retro outfit commemorated Seely’s longstanding relationship with the historic venue.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 18, 2024


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Jeannie Seely; Photos by Les Leverett, Chris Hollo – Grand Ole Opry

GRAMMY winning country icon, Jeannie Seely has never been one to shy away from making a statement with her fashion choices and she did so once again during her recent appearance at the 50th anniversary Opry House Celebration. Seely turned heads in the crowd as she stepped on stage in a midriff-bearing look that she first sported in 1974 at the inaugural show of the Opry house which had just settled into its new location at the time. 

Her Bell Bottoms Make A Comeback

The glamorous recreation included black bell bottoms and a cropped, silver studded long sleeve with a low V-neck to go with her silky blonde hair. While reflecting on the chance to take part in this commemorative evening as a member who has performed at the Opry more than any other artist, Seely shared that her retro look came together thanks to Dolly Parton’s own styling team. 

“There’s really no way I can express my appreciation for this event! To know the Opry finally got a home of her own, and that I have been fortunate enough to share it for 50 years, is one of the most joyful things in my life and career,” expressed Jeannie Seely. “I’m also proud to tell you that, just like the family we are, my Opry sister Dolly Parton loaned me some of her finest folks to re-create my original outfit from 1974, complete with ‘secret show business’ tricks! A special thanks to Vance Nichols and Riley Reed for the magic!”

Jeannie Seely; Chris Hollo - Grand Ole Opry
Jeannie Seely; Chris Hollo – Grand Ole Opry

Designer Vance Nichols expressed the same excitement towards getting the chance to work with the “Can I Sleep in Your Arms” singer for this special moment.  

 “For years, I’ve cherished the friendship of Jeannie Seely. From my early days as a young adult in this town, she’s shown me kindness and offered invaluable advice. Her wisdom and generosity have shaped my path, and I owe her immeasurable gratitude. So when she proposed recreating her Opry outfit, I readily agreed—there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for Jeannie. Being her friend remains an ongoing privilege and honor.”

Seely Presented With Best Dressed Award

Jeannie Seely; Photo by Chris Hollo - Grand Ole Opry
Jeannie Seely; Photo by Chris Hollo – Grand Ole Opry

During the special anniversary event, which took place on Saturday (March 16), Seely opted to sing her hit single, “Don’t Touch Me,” which she also delivered at the opening of the Opry House five decades ago, as well as the fan-favorite, “Who Needs You.” Before signing off for the night, she was presented with the Best Dressed of the evening award by Opry host Mike Terry on behalf of the Opry management and staff.

“Two thoughts,” began Opry Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “One, never dare Jeannie Seely to do anything if you have any reservations at all about her actually doing it. Two, I am absolutely certain the timeless Seely drove away from the Opry House Saturday night thinking about how she could once again steal the show when the venue turns 100 in 2074. She amazes us all.”

Jeannie Seely was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry early in her career, and she now holds the record for the most performances in the coveted circle, which currently stands at an unbeatable 5346 times. 

Other Opry Members Who Took The Stage During The Special Event

In addition to Seely, members Bill Anderson and Connie Smith were also on hand to lend their voices to their iconic songs and bring the crowd to their feet during the event, just as they did on opening night at the Opry House back in 1974.

Additional Opry members who performed were Mandy Barnett, Clint Black, The Gatlin Brothers, Del McCoury, Gary MuleDeer, Don Schlitz, Riders In The Sky, and Mark Wills.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.