Country stars on parade as Nashville comes to town

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IT was the day a flavour of Nashville came to Brighouse.

Some of the biggest names in American country music including George Hamilton IV and Georgette Jones, daughter of George Jones and Tammy Wynette, were in town to record a pilot TV show at Richard O’Brien’s studio in High Street.

And for country legend George Hamilton IV, who lives in Tennessee, it was the perfect opportunity to revisit the area he came to know well during his touring days.

“As we were on our way here in the car I suddenly thought, ‘I know this area’. I used to stay regularly at the Black Horse at Clifton when I was playing in Yorkshire. It’s great to be back here.”

The man behind the TV programme was impresario Mervyn Conn, ‘Mr Music Man’, who brought many of biggest names in rock and country music to the UK. His country music festivals at Wembley attracted stars like Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, June Carter and Waylon Jennings and were enjoyed by thousands of fans.

He commissioned the O’Brien Media Group to make a pilot for The Mervyn Conn Country Show which is to be broadcast by Sky. Also taking part in the show were songwriter Raymond Froggatt, who has written for Cliff Richard, Leon Russell, Gladys Knight and Cilla Black, and Irish singer John McNicholl.

Georgette Jones, who shares a record label with George Hamilton IV, chatted about her family and her background in music. “It’s not surprising, given my background, that I’ve always loved music and I’ve sung since I was a child. I didn’t want to just follow in my parents’ footsteps so I worked as a nurse for a long time. But music is my first love and it drew me back. I’ve just recorded my second album.”