Bob Gallion

b. 22 April 1929, Ashland, Kentucky, USA, d. 20 August 1999. Gallion began his career as a guitarist in the late 40s. He played in various clubs and honky tonks until 1952, when he became the vocalist with Stoney Cooper And Wilma Lee’s band. He appeared with their Clinch Mountain Clan at various venues, including the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree in West Virginia. In the mid-50s, when offered a recording contract with MGM Records, he decided to pursue a solo career. Singing mainly honky tonk country and occasional rockabilly tracks, he worked on the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport but eventually relocated to Nashville, guested on the Grand Ole Opry and worked tours with other singers. He gained his first chart successes in 1958/9 with ‘That’s What I Tell My Heart’ and ‘You Take The Table And I’ll Take The Chairs’. In 1960, after joining Acuff-Rose Music, he moved to the Hickory label and immediately scored a Top 10 with ‘Loving You Was Worth This Broken Heart’ and followed up with two Top 20 hits ‘One Way Street’ and ‘Sweethearts Again’. In 1962, he gained his biggest chart hit, a number 5, with ‘Wall To Wall Love’. He gradually turned more and more towards disc jockey work and after moving his centre of operations to Georgia, he spent six years on WGUN Atlanta. He recorded for United Artists Records, in 1968, gaining his last solo chart entry with ‘Pick A Little Happy Song’. He also decided to return to theWheeling Jamboree, where he became a featured artist until 1983. During this time, he often toured with Patti Powell. They recorded together, registered a minor hit with ‘Love By Appointment’ in 1973 and later made an album for Starday. Gallion gradually phased out most of his performing and instead headed Bob Gallion Productions, a booking agency that operated in Wheeling but dealt with tours for many acts as well as those playing theJamboree.

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