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Barbara Fairchild Hosts The Midnite Jamboree

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This week's hostess of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree is accomplished Country and Gospel music entertainer Barbara Fairchild.

The native Arkansan relocated to the St. Louis, Missouri area at a young age. By the age of 15 years old, she had already made her first recording for the small, local Norman Records label. She was also a regular on local radio and television shows. While the talented young Fairchild met with success, it wasn't the type that she sought on a broader scale. The move to a larger market was inevitable.

Upon high school graduation in 1968, she made the move to Nashville, Tennessee to follow her dream and,hopefully, further her career in the music industry. Initially, Fairchild recorded for the Kapp Records label, and had a brief association with MCA Records. It was a meeting with music producer Billy Sherrill which set the wheels of progression in motion. Sherrill was able to see the talent that needed to be developed in Fairchild, as he had with others. At the same time he was working with another up and coming starlet, Tammy Wynette.

Sherrill's work with Fairchild proved to him that she was ready to take the next step. He was able to get her signed to the Columbia Records label in 1969 where she released her first recording entitled "Love Is A Gentle Thing". The release was a minor hit and generated enough excitement about Fairchild that other projects followed. Between the years of 1970 and 1972 she placed five recordings in the Top 40. Among these releases were "Love's Old Song" and "Thanks For The Mem'ries", which were the most successful of the offerings. It was in 1973, however, that Fairchild achieved her greatest success, to date, and established what would become her theme song with the release of "The Teddy Bear Song". The song achieved the number 1 status on the Country charts where it remained for two weeks. It also established Fairchild as a cross over artist as it ranked number 32 on the Pop charts. The song was nominated for a 1973 Grammy Award. On the heels of this hit recording, Fairchild released the song "Kid Stuff" which also garnered her a number 2 Country chart hit and also placed in the Billboard Hot 100 at number 95. In 1974 the song "Baby Doll" was released and also gained some momentum and is very identifiable with Fairchild.

By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Fairchild was looking to diversify her career. Among her first attempt to do so was a contract with Paid Records. The label paired Fairchild and Country music artist and Grand Ole Opry member Billy Walker. The duo produced several duets but none of the recordings put her back in the chart position she enjoyed during the previous decade. It was also during this time that Fairchild turned her attention to the Gospel music field. The career expansion also lead to a personal life change in a marriage to evangelical singer and songwriter Milton Carroll. Unfortunately, for Fairchild's personal life and career, the marriage and the attempt at recapturing her former status did not work out.

Over the last few years, Fairchild has stayed the course of her musical career. She has continued to perform in front of adoring audiences. She is a regular on the Branson, Missouri music scene where she and current husband Roy Morris perform in their own theater. In 2003 she teamed up with friends and colleagues Connie Smith and Sharon White to release the Gospel music album "Love Never Fails". She also became an inductee in the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Her road and tour dates reflect the adoring fan base that Fairchild has created over the last 46 years. Her child-like innocence endears her to the audience and draws the lisener in to her performance. It is truly a joyful experience to be a part of the Barbara Fairchild show.

The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree has been produced since 1947 through the facilities of 650AM WSM radio. It is the second longest running radio show in history, second only to the Grand Ole Opry. The admission to the show is always free. The Midnite Jamboree is performed each Saturday night at midnight Central time in the Texas Troubadour Theater on Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tennessee. The theater is adjacent to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop #2 and across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort complex. For more information, call (615) 889-2474. If you cannot join in person, listen on the radio dial at 650AM WSM or via the Internet at www.wsmonline.com.

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