For over a century, Cheyenne Frontier Days has hosted one of the biggest rodeos in the world. But in the 1980s, the Daddy of 'Em All really rocked. Here's a look back at the biggest CFD concerts in the decade.

After making his first Frontier Days appearance in 1979, Charlie Daniels returned five times during the '80s. MORE: Charlie Daniels Played The Most Cheyenne Frontier Days Concerts

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George Strait made it to Cheyenne for the first time in 1988. The "King of Country" made it back the following year and has now performed eight times at Frontier Days.

Several country legends visited the Daddy of 'Em All during the decade, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Conway Twitty.

1985 marked the introduction of rock concerts at CFD. Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Starship were among the first rock bands to perform at Frontier Days.


This is the lineup, year by year:

Charlie Daniels Band
Johnny Cash
Mac Davis
Eddie Rabbit
Dottie West

Charlie Daniels Band
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
Oak Ridge Boys
Barbara Mandrell
Moe ‘n Joe - Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley

Charlie Daniels Band
Mickey Gilley
Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band
Barbara Mandrell
Ronnie Milsap
T.G. Sheppard

Charlie Daniels Band
Oak Ridge Boys
Conway Twitty with The Twitty Birds
Charlie Pride with Dave & Sugar
Shelly West
David Frizzell

Waylon Jennings
Jessie Colter
Mickey Gilley
Charly McClain
Louise Mandrell
Eddie Rabbit
Mel Tillis

Night Ranger
Roy Clark
Oak Ridge Boys
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Reba McIntire
Lee Greenwood
Charley Pride

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
Saw Mill Creek Band
Johnny Cash
June Carter
The Carter Family and the Show Band
The Judds
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Willie Nelson
Emmy Lou Harris
Randy Travis
Sawyer Brown
The Oak Ridge Boys
The Judds

Beach Boys
Randy Travis
REO Speedwagon
Charlie Daniels Band
Highway 101
Sweetheart of Rodeo
The McCarters
Restless Heart
George Strait

Escape Club
Joan Jett & the Blackheart
K.T. Oslin
Skip Ewig
Reba McIntire
Ricky Van Shelton
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
George Strait

Special thanks to Daniek Long from the CFD Old West Museum for helping us compile this list.

Every Band That’s Ever Played At Cheyenne Frontier Days (UPDATED)

The Daddy of 'Em All is back and today we're looking back at over 50 years of concerts at Cheyenne Frontier Days. This list features every main stage musical act on the Frontier Nights stage at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming since 1966. Courtesy of Daniel Long with the CFD Old West Museum







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