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2011-03-17 / General Stories

Fayette Opry Scheduled


George Hamilton, IV George Hamilton, IV The Fayette County Country Music Club will host their monthly Opry on Monday, March 21, 2011 at the KC Hall in La Grange. The show starts at 7:30 P.M. and the doors will open at 5:30 P.M. Admission is only $5.00. The Opry is brought to you by the Fayette County Country Music Club, which is dedicated to the promotion of good country music. This month we are featuring:

ALLISON CROWSEN COLLINS is a great keyboard and accordion player. She has played with many country singers and was the host of the Brenham Opry several years ago.

ARNOLD PARKER was born in Cuero, Texas and started trying to sing about the same time he was trying to talk. In the early 50’s he joined the band called “ The Southernaires” and he and the band recorded a rock and roll song entitled “Find A New Woman”. After the band folded in 1973, Arnold retired. In early 1999 a friend sent Arnold a tape of a brand new rockabilly CD released in London, England entitled “Find a New Woman”. This rekindled a desire in Arnold to go back on the stage and so he did.

GEORGE HAMILTON IV began performing in the late 1950’s as a teen idol, later switching to country and folk music. In the fifties he recorded “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” for Chapel Hill record label and it attained gold record status for ABC-Paramount. The B-side of the record, “If You Don’t Know” revealed Hamilton’s ambitions to be a country singer. In the 1960’s he officially became a member of Grand Ole Opry and later began recording for RCA Records. George Hamilton’s breakthrough hit was the 1961 song “Before This Day Ends.” His biggest hit came two years later with the song “Abilene”. In the early 1970s Hamilton began touring the world, and became widely acclaimed as “The International Ambassador of Country Music”. George is still a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He mainly concentrates on gospel tours both at home and abroad. In 2007 he collaborated with a group of musicians from Northern Ireland called ‘Live Issue’ to record a live album based on the life of Joseph Scriven, who wrote the hymn, “What a Friend We have In Jesus”. George will be releasing his debut record on Heart of Texas Records, titled “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.

So be sure to be with us on Monday, March 21 for another great night of entertainment.

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