From almost the beginning of Butte’s existence, residents have bought tickets to see the latest show, concert, lecture or sporting event.
Some names you may be familiar with, others not so much.
It doesn’t matter because whether it was in a stadium, dilapidated dirt-floor stage or in one of Butte’s many early-day ornate theaters, Butte audiences have always been appreciative.
Through the years, solo artists, duos and bands, have played classical to jazz, swing to country, heavy metal to rock, and beyond.
Theatergoers, from the vaudeville era to present day, have been mesmerized by the actors, actresses, dancers and singers who have taken to the stage.
Lecturers and humorists entertained packed houses, too.
As for sports enthusiasts, there have been countless times when patrons were able to watch first-class athletes perform at their very best.
The following is a list of some of the talent that graced the stages and stadiums of Butte:
A — Roy Acuff, Maude Adams, Claude Akins, Jason Aldean, Luther Alder, Rex Allen, America, Ramsay Ames, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra, Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire, Gene Autry
B — Dick Ballou and His Orchestra, Ethel Barrymore, Peg-Leg Bates, Beach Boys, Wallace Beery, Bellamy Brothers, Ralph Bellamy, Dirks Bentley, Peter Berg, Sarah Bernhardt, Black Hawk, Bonnie Blair, Anthony Bourdain, Victor Borge, Boys’ Town Choir, Fanny Brice, Lee Brice, Buffalo Bill, Billie Burke, Henry Busse and His Orchestra, Pat Buttram, Tracy Byrd
C — Madame Emma Calve, John Calvert, Richard Carle, Rodney Carrington, DeeAnna Carter, Jo Ann Castle, Johnny Catron and His Orchestra, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Chestnut, Rosalind Chao, Eric Church, Dell Clayton and His Orchestra, Buffalo Bill Cody, George M. Cohan, Betty Compson, Chris Cooper, Confederate Railroad, Allistair Cooke, Gary Cooper, Betty Compton, James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Richard Crooks
D — Dan & Shay, Charlie Daniels, Gail Davis, Eddie Dean, Agnes De Mille, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and His Record-Makin’, Record-Breakin’ Orchestra, Melvyn Douglas, Marie Dressler, John Drew
E — Amelia Earhart, Christine Ebersole, Tom Egan, Julian Eltinge
F — Noodles Fagan, Joe Feeney, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Cecil Fiedler, Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm, Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra, Anne Francis, Julio Franco
G — Gallagher, Rudolph Ganz, Vincent Gardenia, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Brantley Gilbert, Ginnifer Goodwin, Gilda Gray the “Shimmy Queen”, Jimmie Grier and His Orchestra, Louis Gossett Jr.
H — Merle Haggard, Dorothy Hamill, George Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Harlem Globetrotters, Phil Harris and His Orchestra, Big Bill Hart, Horace Heidt, Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heinck, Skitch Henderson and His Orchestra , Sonja Henie, Glenn Henry and His Orchestra, Barbara Hershey, Les Hite and his famous Cotton Club Orchestra, JT Hodges, Robert Hooks, Bob Hope, Ferlin Huskey
I — Insane Clown Posse, Burl Ives
J — Frank James, Harry James and His Music Makers, Dan Jansen, Chris Janson, Allen Jenkins, Al Jolson, Harry Jolson, Spike Jones
K — Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra, Stacy Keach, Edgar Kennedy, Sammy Kershaw, Henry King and His Orchestra, Evel Knievel, Korn
L — James Parker Lagano, Miranda Lambert, Ann Landers, Jessica Lange, Sir Harry Lauder, Stan Laurel, Gertrude Lawrence, Tracey Lawrence, Kay Lenz, Joan Leslie, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Gordon Lightfoot, Col. Charles Lindbergh, Little Big Town, Little Texas, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Lonestar, Johnny Long and His Orchestra, Joe Louis, Willian Lundigan, Christopher Lynch, Loretta Lynn, Sue Lyons
Mc — John McCormack, Neil McCoy, Marie McDonald, Chimmie McFadden, Mable McKinley
M — Betty MacDonald, Jeanette MacDonald, Aimee Semple MacPherson, George Maharis, Richard Mansfield, Mantovani, Joe Martin and His Orchestra, Walter Matthau, Kathryn Meisle, Madame Nellie Melba, Adolph Menjou, Brett Michaels, Martin Milner, Cameron Mitchell, Tom Mix, Tim Montana, Grace Moore, Bill Murray
N — Conrad Nagel, Carrie Nation, Nazareth, New York Symphony Orchestra, Leslie Nielson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marion Nixon
O — Jackie Oakie, Chauncey Olcott, James O’Neill
P — Gale Page, Anna Pavlova, John Payne, Jean Parker, Pat Paulsen, Minnie Pearl, Paul Pendarvis and His Orchestra, Walter Pidgeon, Webb Pierce, Suzanne Pleshette, George Plimpton, Sarah Polley, William F. Powell, Ray Price
R — Luise Rainer, Sally Rand, Vera Ralston, Martha Raye, Johnny Reitz and His Orchestra, Jeremy Renner, Bobby Riggs, Tex Ritter, Bill Robinson, Will Rogers, Don Romero, Mickey Rooney, Tim Roth, Ann Russell, Lillian Russell
S — Adele Rogers St. John, Sawyer Brown, Rick Schroeder, Dan Seal, Blake Shelton, Sam Shepard, Cal Shrum and Rhythm Rangers, Lori Singer, Otis Skinner, Hank Snow, John Philip Sousa, John J. Sullivan, Svengali, Sylvia Sydney
T — Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra, Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, 38 Special, Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys, Three Dog Night, 2 Live Crew, Trick Pony, Travis Tritt, Ernest Tubbs, Sophie Tucker, Tanya Tucker, Mark Twain. Conway Twitty
U — U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Marine Band
V — Rudolph Valentino, Vivian Vance, Vienna Boys’ Choir, Jon Voight
W — Percy Waram, David Warfield, Booker T. Washington, Vanson Weeks and His Orchestra, Slim Whitman, Chill Wills, Gretchen Wilson, James Woods, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn
Y — Chris Young
Z — Efram Zimbalilst, Jimmy Zito and His Orchestra, Rob Zombie