The Llano Country Opry will stage “Shower Of Stars” night on Saturday, January 12, featuring stars of the Grand Ole Opry including George Hamilton IV, Pretty Miss Norma Jean, Georgette Jones, Diane McCall and Bobby Lewis. The Llano Country Opry Band, Justin Trevino and Bucille Snotgrass will also be included. The show begins at 7:30 PM and tickets are $15 and on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers or by calling (325) 247-5354.
On June 18, 1956, while a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, George Hamilton IV recorded “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” for Chapel Hill record label, Colonial Records. Within three short years, “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” had attained gold record status for ABC-Paramount.
On February 8, 1960, Hamilton officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and began recording for RCA Records, having been signed by Chet Atkins.
His biggest hit came two years later with “Abilene,” The song spent four weeks in the number 1 spot on Billboard’s country singles chart and reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. The success of “Abilene” was followed with the song “Fort Worth, Dallas or Houston” “Early Morning Rain” “Break My Mind” “Before This Day Ends” and “She’s A Little Bit Country.”
In the early 1970s, Hamilton began touring the world, across the Soviet Union, Australia, the Middle East and East Asia. These widely-acclaimed international performances earned Hamilton the nickname ‘The International Ambassador of Country Music’. In March 2011 Hamilton released his debut record on Hot of Texas Records, titled “Deep In The Heart of Texas”. He has most recently followed that with “Texas Cowboy Church.”
Norma Jean got an early start in Country Music performing over local radio stations in and around Oklahoma City. At the age of eighteen, Norma joined the famous ABC-TV show, “Ozark Jubilee” with Red Foley.
In 1960, Norma moved to Nashville and joined the Porter Wagoner television show. The exposure that she received on television across the country and through personal appearances with Wagoner allowed her career to soar. She signed with RCA Records in 1963 and joined Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry the same year.
Wagoner would bring Norma one of her biggest hits in 1963 with “Let’s Go All The Way,” a song about setting a wedding date. She followed that with twenty seven albums for RCA including hit singles like “”I Wouldn’t Buy A Used Car From Him” “Go Cat Go” “Don’t Let The Doorknob Hit You” “I Cried All The Way To The Bank” “I’m A Walking Advertisement For The Blues” and her highest charting song “A Game Of Triangles” with Bobby Bare and Liz Anderson in 1966. Norma left the Porter Wagoner show in 1967, returning to her native Oklahoma. Wagoner replaced Norma with a relatively unknown singer named Dolly Parton.
Norma signed with Heart of Texas Records and has released “Loneliest Star In Texas” and her latest gospel project “Cowboy Church Gospel.”
Georgette Jones is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer’s George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She performed with both of her parents even recording “Daddy Come Home” before she could even drive! She toured with her mother before deciding to pursue a career in nursing.
After making a television appearance on “Second Generation” for the Country Family Reunion series, Georgette made an Ireland tour. During that trip, she struck a deal with Heart of Texas Records to record her first album “Slightly Uses Woman.” That was followed by “Strong Enough To Cry.” She is now completing her tribute album to her mother.
Bobby Lewis was born May 9, 1942 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He grew up with a desire to perform and write Country Music. Between 1963 and 1985, Lewis released ten albums and charted more than twenty-five songs on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Lewis used the title “The Boy with the Lute,” being perhaps the only country singer to use this instrument, though it is a 6-string guitar-lute. His biggest hit, “How Long Has It Been,” peaked at Number 6 in 1966. His current album “Then and Now” contains some of his biggest hits including “Hello Mary Lou” and “From Heaven To Heartache.”
Diane McCall, is the younger sister of Darrell McCall. She grew up in the Country Music business and began performing as a solo act and harmony singer for a number of entertainers. She worked with Charlie Louvin and Ronnie Milsap. McCall recorded a stellar version of “My Imagination” for Mega Records. She has most recently returned to the studio to do a full album by the same title for Heart of Texas Records.
Other entertainers on the show will include Justin Trevino, Bode Barker, Shane Lively, Don Ricketson, Sammy Geistweidt, Charlie Walton and Bucille Snotgrass. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.