George Hamilton IV, long-standing member of the Grand Ole Opry, with many hit records under his belt, from his first, ‘A Rose And A Baby Ruth’, to his biggest, ‘Abilene’, will be celebrating his 75th birthday, July 19, 2012.
Along the way, George Hamilton IV has earned a well-deserved reputation as the ‘International Ambassador of Country Music’. GH4 (as his fans call him) and Bear Family Records are closely connected. When Bear Family was celebrating the 35th anniversary of the company in 2010, George Hamilton IV flew in from Tennessee on his own expense to perform at the birthday party.
Time flies. I still remember when we first met in London. You invited me to come to the Nashville Room on Cromwell Road, to watch the taping of your TV show. I then have been a regular guest during the tapings. Now that was about 40 years ago.
Time really flies.
Later on the way we met on and off, and then lost contact for about 15 years.
One day I was standing at the American counter at Nashville Airport. You tapped me on my shoulder and said “Hey, Richard.” It was really good to see you again. Since then you have come to see us during our 35th Anniversary Party, and we have met you and Tinky (Mrs. George Hamilton) many times.
Both Birgit and I hope to see you in Nashville later this year.
Kitty Wells, country music’s first female superstar, will be best remembered as the first female singer topping the country music charts with ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ in 1952. She was born Ellen Muriel Deason on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee. During the 1950s and ’60s she was one of the best-known country singers. In 1976 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the second female vocalist, following only Patsy Cline.
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Once again, Bear Family’s mail order department will open its doors for friends and customers. Please, drop in on September 1.
Expressly encouraged by the great feedback of the 2010, and 2011 outdoor events, the company’s inviting you to come by again and visit our mail order warehouse. Let’s have a party! We are offering:
- Purchase items from our extensive catalogs, directly on location
- A large selection of remainders and drastically reduced CDs, LPs, DVDs, and books at very low prices
- Your one-time only chance to benefit from our open house Bear Family Records sales campaign. You may purchase Bear Family Records CDs (prefix BCD), and LPs (prefix BAF/BAFX) and DVDs (BVD) with a special 20 per cent discount
- Meeting with interesting people, a chat with our warehouse staff, insiders, musicians and collectors
- Live music with several live bands (Roots, Country, Rockabilly). Showtime approx. 2 pm
- Coffee and cake, snack bar, beer & soft drinks at incredibly cool prices. Continue reading
There are songs here that will break your heart, teach you things you might not have known, and others that will just make you smile.
New Canadian Music, June 28, 2012
Read more about Bear Family’s 3-CD collection with Dick Damron‘s superb RCA recordings, made between 1978 and 1989 – the most successful commercial era of one of Canada’s best-loved and most-awarded country music legends.
Read the complete online review, published on www.newcanadianmusic.ca HERE