Barbara Fairchild

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Barbara Fairchild
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Background information
Birth name Barbara Fairchild
Born (1950-11-12) November 12, 1950 (age 63)
Knobel, Arkansas, United States
Genres Country, gospel
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Years active 1969–present
Labels Columbia Records
Daywind Records
Associated acts Sharon White, Billy Walker, Connie Smith
Website Official website

Barbara Fairchild (born November 12, 1950) is an American country and gospel 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. [1]

Biography[edit]

Early life and beginnings in Nashville[edit]

Fairchild started her career at a young age singing country music. She cut her first single at 15 years old. In 1963, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri, 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.[2] [3] [4]

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 Fairchild'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, Fairchild scored four 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"[edit]

1973 would turn out to be the breakthrough year for Fairchild 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" with another hit with "Kid Stuff" that year which reached number 2 on the country charts and made the Billboard Hot 100 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".

However 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 and life[edit]

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 third husband Roy Morris, himself a singer-songwriter and they perform at their own theater in Branson, singing both country and gospel music.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Country
1970 Someone Special
1971 Love's Old Song 31
1972 A Sweeter Love 17
1973 Kid Stuff 14
1974 Love Is a Gentle Thing 33
Standing in Your Line 29
1975 Barbara Fairchild
1976 Mississippi 49
1977 Free and Easy 48
1978 Greatest Hits
1979 This Is Me
1980 Bye Bye Love (with Billy Walker)
1982 The Biggest Hurt
1991 The Light
1993 Son in My Eyes
1995 Stories
Hymns That Last Forever
1998 Classic Country
1999 Rocky Top
2000 Then and Now
All Is Forgiven (with Roy Morris)
2001 For God and Country (with Roy Morris)
2002 Wings of a Dove
2003 Love Never Fails (with Connie Smith & Sharon White)
Forever Friend

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN AC
1969 "Love is a Gentle Thing" 69 Someone Special
"A Woman's Hand" 66
"A Girl Who'll Satisfy Her Man" 26
1970 "(Loving You is) Sunshine" 33 48 Love's Old Song
1971 "Love's Old Song" 28
"Color My World" 38
1972 "Thanks for the Mem'ries" 29 A Sweeter Love
"A Sweeter Love (I'll Never Know)" 53
"The Teddy Bear Song"A 1 32 1 24
1973 "Kid Stuff" 2 95 1 72 Kid Stuff
1974 "Baby Doll" 6 2
"Standing in Your Line" 17 Standing in Your Line
"Little Girl Feeling" 31 Barbara Fairchild
1975 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 41
"Let's Love While We Can" 52
1976 "Under Your Spell Again" 65 Mississippi
"Let Me Love You Once Before You Go" 22 32
"Cheatin' Is" 15
1977 "For All the Right Reasons" 49 Free and Easy
1980 "Let Me Be the One" (w/ Billy Walker) 74 Bye Bye Love
"Bye Bye Love" (w/ Billy Walker) 70
"Love's Slipping Through our Fingers" (w/ Billy Walker)B 79
1986 "Just Riding Around" 84 single 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" single only
  • A "Teddy Bear Song" also peaked at No. 42 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.
  • B B-side of "Bye Bye Love." [5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • Nominated for Christian Country Female Vocalist of the Year for a Visionary Award by the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barbara Introduces Teddy Bearchild". barbarafairchild.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Barbara Fairchild Biography". sing365.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Artist Biography by Johnny Loftus". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "BARBARA FAIRCHILD". barkbuilder.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Barbara Fairchild". discogs.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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