George Hamilton IV
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Abiline by George Hamilton IV Recorded in 1963 George Hamilton joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1959, making his claim to country audiences more sincere by not affecting the Western trappings of most country artists. His first entry on the country charts ("Before This Day Ends") made number four in late 1960. One year later, Hamilton was signed to RCA Victor by Chet Atkins. After Top Ten entries in 1961 ("Three Steps to the Phone [Millions of Miles]") and 1962 ("If You Don't Know I Ain't Gonna Tell You"), George Hamilton IV hit it big in 1963 with "Abilene." The single topped the country charts for four weeks in June and crossed over to number 15 on the pop charts. During 1964, Hamilton charted three singles and returned to the Top Ten with "Fort Worth, Dallas or Houston." Abilene began as a stage coach stop in 1857, established by Timothy Hersey and named from a passage in the Bible, meaning "city of the plains." The town grew quickly and became the very first "cow town" of the west. With the railroad pushing west, cattle traders soon came to use Abilene's largest stockyards, bringing in many travelers and making Abilene one of the wildest towns in the west. Town marshal Tom "Bear River" Smith was initially successful policing Abilene, often using only his bare hands. He survived two assassination attempts during his tenure. However, he was murdered and decapitated on November 2, 1870 and was replaced by Wild Bill Hickok in April 1871. So You Think You Have Talent Rating Pitch- Score 9- Right on Key Voice Control-Score 9- Very Nice control. Energy- Score 8- Very Nice Originality- Score 8- Very good job making this your own Song Choice...score 8- Good Choice... Liked it! Score-42 01 In 1956 a 19-year-old George Hamilton recorded "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" In late 1959, Hamilton moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee to further his work as a country musician.. In 1960, Hamilton officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry His biggest hit came two years later with "Abilene," The song spent four weeks in the number 1 spot on Billboard's country singles chart and reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. Hamilton is still a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in country shows throughout the U.S. and the UK. Today he mainly concentrates on gospel tours both at home and abroad and he still performs on The Grand Ole Opry. My Country Legends song for the Final Round is "Abilene"