2009-10-01 / Community News

Country Music Monday

The Giddings Rotary Club will host their monthly Country Music Monday on October 5, 2009 at the Sons of Hermann Hall located on south Hwy. 77 in Giddings. This month's show will feature entertainer Margie LeBlanc. Additional performers will include Sally Carlson, Alyssa Freeman, Savannah Berry, Allen Orts and Larry Youngblood, as well the Country Music Monday house band.

Born Margie Ann Kinler on July 29, 1949 in the sleepy little town of Lutcher, located on the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Margie's family moved from Lutcher when she was 2 years old to Gretna, LA. She made her singing debut, on her third birthday, on the "Little Miss Muffin's Show", WDSU-TV, New Orleans, LA. She did a rendition of "How Much is That Doggie in the Window".

Margie was known to many of her musical family as the "Little Trooper", because she never complained or tired when the schedule got rough. She carried her little pillow around and would cat nap, whenever possible. She would do live radio performances with her hair in curlers, because later that night she would be expected to do a stage performance.

Margie's family moved to Houston when she was eleven years old. She continued performing with numerous Texas bands, and would even from time to time sit in with Johnny Lee's band at the East Hardy Club.

She also performed at the Magnolia Gardens as one of the acts, along with such well known artists as George Jones and Gene Pitney.

Margie recorded a record in Dickinson, Texas when she was 14 years old. During the recording session, a musician walked in, liked the music and sat down at the piano and added his expertise to the songs. His name was Mickey Gilley.

Margie moved back to Louisiana when she was 15 and she and her band became regulars at the South Louisiana Hayride, in Ponchatoula, sharing the stage with such greats as Hank Williams, Jr., Connie Smith, Tex Ritter and more. When she was 17, she won a trip to Nashville and a spot on the Ernest Tubb "Midnight Jamboree". After returning from Nashville, Margie graduated from high school and began performing in nightclubs. Soon after, she recorded her first album while sharing the stage with entertainers like Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.

In 1982, Margie returned, with her three children, to her beloved Louisiana to be closer to her family. Margie decided that her children needed her more than her fans needed her, so she stepped out of the limelight, except for doing shows for Nursing homes and the terminally ill at the hospitals. She loves making other people happy and for the last few years Margie has been content with just singing for the love of it. Recently, Margie recorded a new single called "What Can I Do With this Broken Heart".

Her old manager from years back, Bob Swaringim said, "In all of my years of working with female artists, Margie has got to be one of the best."

Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7:30 Monday. Everyone is invited to attend this very popular venue in Giddings.

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