The Llano Country Opry will be held on Saturday, February 9, at the Lantex Theater in downtown Llano, Texas. The show will begin at 7:30 PM and admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Llano Chamber of Commerce, Llano National Bank, Lively Computers in Kingsland or by calling (325) 247-5354.
Direct from Branson, Missouri, Barbara Fairchild and Roy Morris will headline the Llano Country Opry Show. Fairchild is an American Country Music/Gospel Music Singer, who is best known for her 1973 Country chart-topper “Teddy Bear Song”. Fairchild started her career at a very young age singing country music. She cut her very first single at only 15 years old. In 1963, she moved to St. Louis, MO, and by 1965, she was a regular on a local TV show and recorded for a local label, Norman Records, but none of her singles released were much more than regional hits.
In 1968, after high school graduation, Fairchild decided to follow her dream and moved to Nashville. She briefly signed with Kapp Records. She also recorded briefly for MCA Records. After this, she met producer Billy Sherrill, who had discovered another country singer Tammy Wynette. He listened to Fairchild’s songs and decided that she was ready for a major record deal and he signed her with Columbia Records in 1969. Her first single in 1969, “Love Is A Gentle Thing”, was a minor hit as was her next single, “A Woman’s Hand”. In 1970, she scored her first Top 40 hit with “A Girl Who’ll Satisfy Her Man”. Between 1970 and 1972, Fairchild scored 4 more Top 40 hits, the biggest of these being “Love’s Old Song” and “Thanks For The Mem’ries”.
1973 would turn out to be the breakthrough year for Fairchild as she released the biggest hit of her career with “Teddy Bear Song”. It not only became a number 1 hit on the country charts but also reached the pop charts as well peaking at #32. It was also nominated for a Grammy that year. “Teddy Bear Song” spent 2 weeks at the #1 spot and became Fairchild’s signature song. She followed up “Teddy Bear Song” very well with another smash hit with “Kid Stuff” that year which reached number 2 on the country charts and barely made the Top 100 on the pop charts at #95. In 1974, she scored another Top 10 with the song “Baby Doll”. Between 1974 and 1977, she had several other major successes among these being “Standing In Your Line”, “Little Girl Feelin’”, “Mississippi”, “Cheatin’ Is” and “Let Me Love You Once Before You Go”.
In 1980, she signed with Paid Records where she recorded several duets with Grand Ole Opry legend Billy Walker. In 1982, Fairchild married the evangelical singer/songwriter Milton Carroll in San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, she signed with Capitol Records and released the single “Just Out Ridin’ Around”
Increasingly, Fairchild turned her attention to Gospel Music, where she has recorded exclusively since then both solo and with Connie Smith and Sharon White on the album Love Never Fails. She now lives in Branson, Missouri where she lives with her husband Roy Morris, himself a singer/songwriter and they perform at the Golden Corral Theater in Branson, singing both country and gospel music.
“Barbara is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of her Country standard ‘I Wish I Was A Teddy Bear’ this year,” Opry MC Tracy Pitcox said. “We are going to honor that great feat at the Llano Opry and hope that many of her friends and fans will come out and be a part of it. That song not only became her signature, but brought so many other fans into the Country Music fold. It was not only a great Country hit, but a Pop hit as well.”
Other entertainers on the Llano Country Opry will include Ben Watson, Shane Lively, Sammy Geistweidt, Charlie Walton, Don Ricketson, Bucille Snotgrass and Bode Barker. Tracy Pitcox will MC the show.