Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild

She was born in 1950 and started singing country music at a young age. She recorded her first single when she was 15 years old and started singing on local TV shows. In 1965 she left school and decided to make singing and song writing her life. She moved to Nashville. She signed with Columbia [...]

Competition Finals

Competition Finals

Continuing on from Competition Day. After I had finished my song, I breathed a sigh of relief and went and joined the audience in the hall. I watched a number of competitors in my section sing on stage. We were all in the Veterans New Faces category, which meant that we had never ever been [...]

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt was born in Georgia in 1963. He started singing in Sunday school and when he was eight he taught himself guitar. He started singing in public when he was fourteen and joined the church band. He began writing music while at high school and founded a bluegrass group which had some success. He [...]

Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich

He was born in 1932 in Arkansas. His parents were cotton farmers. ┬áHis musical career began in the 1950′s when he was in the US Airforce. He and his band, the Velvetones played jazz and blues. After he left the Airforce he went through hard times, but he performed in clubs in Memphis and was [...]

Eddy Arnold

Eddy Arnold

He was born in Henderson, Tennessee in 1918. His parents were sharecroppers who played fiddle and guitar. During his school days, Eddy played for functions and he became known as the Tennessee Ploughboy, because that was what he did on the family farm. At the age of sixteen he performed at local night clubs, and [...]

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Competition Day

Competition Day

The Veterans Awards were held at a Christian Camp ground out in the country. I was entered in the New Faces category, which was to be held early in the day, around 9 am. I arrived, as instructed, half an hour before I was due on stage, and registered and received my number. With time [...]

Annette Hawkins

Annette Hawkins

Annette Hawkins was born in Whangarei in the far north of New Zealand in 1965. She was the eldest of four children and did all her schooling in her home town. She was in a country music club family, and at the age of ten she sang “Amazing Grace” at the local country music club. [...]

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell was born in 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.He was one of a family of twelve born to poor sharecroppers. He showed such musical ability at an early age that his father bought him a cheap guitar at age four. When he was sixteen he left school and played in bands in Wyoming. In 1952 [...]

Bobby Gentry

Bobby Gentry

Bobby Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi in 1944.  Her parents divorced while she was young, and her mother took her to California. Bobby learnt the piano at an early age, and by the time she was thirteen she could play guitar, bass and banjo. She left school in 1962 and [...]

Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty

He was born in 1933 in Coahoma County in Mississippi and his name was Harold Lloyd Jenkins. When he was ten, his family moved to Helena, Arkansas and he was already keen on music and singing, and he formed his first band. He attended Smiths Station High School, and at this time he had a [...]