Barbara Fairchild

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Barbara Fairchild
Background information
Birth nameBarbara Fairchild
OriginKnobel, Arkansas
GenresCountry, Gospel
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Years active1969–present
LabelsColumbia Records
Daywind Records
Associated actsSharon White, Billy Walker, Connie Smith
WebsiteBarbara Fairchild Official Site
 
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Barbara Fairchild
Background information
Birth nameBarbara Fairchild
OriginKnobel, Arkansas
GenresCountry, Gospel
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter
Years active1969–present
LabelsColumbia Records
Daywind Records
Associated actsSharon White, Billy Walker, Connie Smith
WebsiteBarbara Fairchild Official Site

Barbara Fairchild (born November 12, 1950) is an American country and gospel music singer who is best known for her hit 1973 country song "The Teddy Bear Song." After the success of the song, she continued to have success on the country charts.

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Biography

Early life & beginnings in Nashville

Barbara 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, she decided to follow her dream and moved to Nashville. She briefly signed with Kapp Records with no success. 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 Barbara'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, Barbara scored 4 more Top 40 hits, the biggest of these being "Love's Old Song" and "Thanks For The Mem'ries".

The success of "Teddy Bear Song"

1973 would turn out to be the breakthrough year for Barbara 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 No. 32. It was also nominated for a Grammy that year. "Teddy Bear Song" spent 2 weeks at the No. 1 spot and became Fairchild's signature song. She followed up "Teady 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 No. 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" (originally recorded by the Dutch band Pussycat), "Cheatin' Is" and "Let Me Love You Once Before You Go".

But by 1978, her country success began to rapidly fade away as her singles began to show up in the lower regions of the charts. In 1980, she signed with Paid Records where she recorded several duets with Billy Walker but none of these singles brought her back into the upper regions of the charts. In 1982, Fairchild married the evangelical singer/songwriter Milton Carroll in San Antonio, Texas. In 1986, she signed with Capitol Records in an attempt at a comeback but the single released "Just Out Ridin' Around" only reached No. 84 and would represent her last single to chart.

Later career & life today

Increasingly, she 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 their own theater in Branson, singing both country and gospel music.

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumUS Country
1970Someone Special
1971Love's Old Song31
1972A Sweeter Love17
1973Kid Stuff14
1974Love Is a Gentle Thing33
Standing in Your Line29
1975Barbara Fairchild
1976Mississippi49
1977Free and Easy48
1978Greatest Hits
1979This Is Me
1980Bye Bye Love (with Billy Walker)
1982The Biggest Hurt
1991The Light
1993Son in My Eyes
1995Stories
Hymns That Last Forever
1998Classic Country
1999Rocky Top
2000Then and Now
All Is Forgiven (with Roy Morris)
2001For God and Country (with Roy Morris)
2002Wings of a Dove
2003Love Never Fails (with Connie Smith & Sharon White)
Forever Friend

Singles

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSCAN CountryCAN AC
1969"Love is a Gentle Thing"69Someone Special
"A Woman's Hand"66
"A Girl Who'll Satisfy Her Man"26
1970"(Loving You is) Sunshine"3348Love's Old Song
1971"Love's Old Song"28
"Color My World"38
1972"Thanks for the Mem'ries"29A Sweeter Love
"A Sweeter Love (I'll Never Know)"53
"The Teddy Bear Song"A132124
1973"Kid Stuff"295172Kid Stuff
1974"Baby Doll"62
"Standing in Your Line"17Standing in Your Line
"Little Girl Feeling"31Barbara Fairchild
1975"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"41
"Let's Love While We Can"52
1976"Under Your Spell Again"65Mississippi
"Let Me Love You Once Before You Go"2232
"Cheatin' Is"15
1977"For All the Right Reasons"49Free and Easy
1980"Let Me Be the One" (w/ Billy Walker)74Bye Bye Love
"Bye Bye Love" (w/ Billy Walker)70
"Love's Slipping Through our Fingers" (w/ Billy Walker)B79
1986"Just Riding Around"84single only
2003"Closer to Home" (with Connie Smith and Sharon White)Love Never Fails
2004"Love Never Fails" (with Connie Smith and Sharon White)
2006"He Kept On Loving Me" - CD

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ http://hallmuseum.com The Christian Music Hall of Fame official site
  2. ^ http://hallmuseum.com/9awards.htm The Christian Music Hall of Fame official 2009 show page.

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