George Hamilton IV

Date: 1991 June 27
Length: 53 min.
Call Number: OHC140

Biography

Country music performer. Born July 19, 1937. Began career in the 1950s as a teen idol with the hit “A Rose and A Baby Ruth.” Moved to country music in the early 1960s with several hits, including “Abilene” (1963). Known as the “International Ambassador of Country Music” for his extensive international travel and popularity.

Interview Summary

1991 June 27
(53 minutes)
Country performer George Hamilton IV participates in an interview for the Country Music Foundation’s research for the Country Music Foundation-compiled Patsy Cline Collection (MCA, 1991). Discussion includes his first impression of Patsy Cline; Cline’s performance style; experiences working with Cline at different venues around Washington, D. C.; working with Jimmy Dean and Patsy Cline on different Connie B. Gay productions; Cline’s personality and style; the importance of Nashville and Owen Bradley to Cline and her career; traveling with Cline and Jimmy Dean in 1961; and Cline’s impact on country music.