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Evening Entertainment: FMCA Gillette 2013 Print E-mail

Do you have the beat?

You will when you start groovin' and dancin' to oldies and country hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s during the evening entertainment at FMCA's Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Gillette, Wyoming. 

The Buckinghams and Marty Stuart will take the stage at 8 p.m. June 20 and 22, respectively, at the Morningstar Park Grandstand. Johnny Goodrum will take the stage at 8 p.m. June 21, at the Central Pavilion stage.

The Buckinghams The Buckinghams

The evening entertainment kicks off on Thursday, June 20, with one of the top rock ’n’ roll bands from the late 1960s, The Buckinghams.
 
This Chicago-based group, originally named the Pulsations, got its break in 1966 by winning a local battle of the bands competition and securing a job as the house band for WGN-TV’s variety show, “All-Time Hits.” After it was suggested that they change their name to reflect the British invasion of music that was sweeping across America, they became The Buckinghams.
 
That same year, they recorded the group’s most famous hit, “Kind of a Drag,” which soared to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in February 1967 and stayed there for two weeks. They scored four more top 100 songs in 1967: “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song.”
 
The group’s meteoric rise and rapid-fire hits led Billboard to name The Buckinghams as the most-listened-to band in America.
 
The Buckinghams had two more top-100 hits in 1968: “Susan” and “Back In Love Again,” but their success waned after that and the band amicably dissolved in 1970.
 
In 1980 founding members Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna and Dennis Tufano reunited for ChicagoFest. Following this performance, Giammarese and Fortuna decided to perform full-time and brought in several other musicians to revive The Buckinghams’ original music. Now the group is a popular act for special touring reunion shows, and regularly perform throughout North America.

Johnny Goodrum Black Tie & Blue Jeans Dance with Johnny Goodrum

On Friday, June 21, Johnny Goodrum sings and performs oldies from the '60s and '70s along with country songs and more.
 
Goodrum, a native Texan, started singing in church when he was 4 years old. He won many talents shows in school and had numerous music scholarship offers after high school. He was in the New Mexico All State Choir for three years. 
 
He started a country band in Texas in mid-‘70s and traveled to many venues in the United States and Europe. His band performed in Eastern Europe as the Berlin wall was coming down.
 
Goodrum is a throwback to the musical style of Ray Price and Jim Reeves, but also sings classic oldies from the ‘50s and ‘60s, standards and gospel. His distinct voice is easy to listen to, and audiences always can understand the words to his songs.
 
Each January for the past 10 years, Goodrum has performed for Paul Evert’s RV Country in Quartzsite, Arizona. He also has entertained at other RV rallies, including FMCA’s Rocky Mountain Area rally.
 
During the winter months when not in Quartzsite, Goodrum stays in Yuma and performs for many RV Resorts and Parks.
 
Goodrum is a full-time RVer, traveling in his Holiday Rambler Vacationer. He is a FMCA member F276410.

Marty Stuart

Family Reunion attendees will have the pleasure of hearing five-time Grammy winner and country music star Marty Stuart perform on Saturday, June 22.

Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1958 and was obsessed with country music as a child. He taught himself to play guitar and mandolin as a youngster, and at age 12 began performing with the Bluegrass group, The Sullivans.
 
He later joined the Lester Fl Marty Stuart att Band as a teen and played with the group until it broke up in 1978. He also worked with fiddler Vasser Clements and guitarist Doc Watson before joining Johnny Cash’s backup band in 1980.
 
After five years, he left Cash’s band and recorded the self-titled “Marty Stuart” album. This record gave him his first Billboard Top 20 country hit, “Arlene.”
 
In late 1989 he released his first hit record, “Hillbilly Rock.” This album included the title track, which made it all the way to #8 on the country chart, and “Western Girls,” which rose to No. 20.
 
Stuart followed that effort the next year with “Tempted.” The title song went to # 5 on the Billboard chart, while “Burn Me Down” and “Little Things” both cracked the top 10.
 
In 1992 he released “This One’s Gonna Hurt You,” which became his most successful album, climbing to No. 12 on the Billboard country chart. The song “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)” with Travis Tritt, topped out at #7 on the country singles chart while “Now That’s Country” made it to #18.
 
Stuart also co-wrote and sang on Travis Tritt’s 1991 hit, “The Whiskey Ain’t Working,” which climbed to #2 on the country chart and earned the duo the 1993 Grammy Award for Vocal Collaboration .
 
Stuart continued recording throughout the 1990s but never found the level of solo success he achieved in the first part of the decade. However, his collaborations with other musicians continued to reap rewards as he won Grammys in 1994, 1999 and 2002.
 
In 2011 he won the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Hummingbyrd,” an instrumental tribute to The Byrd’s guitarist Clarence White. His most recent album, “Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down,” peaked at #41 on Billboard’s country chart.
 
Since 2008, Stuart has hosted “The Marty Stuart Show” on RFD-TV. This 30-minute program features traditional country music and it has included stars such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Stuart is a past president of the Country Music Foundation and was selected to the Grand Ole Opry in 1992. He is married to country music star Connie Smith.

 

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