Barbara Fairchild

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Barbara Fairchild
Background information
Birth name Barbara Fairchild
Born (1950-11-12) November 12, 1950 (age 65)
Knobel, Arkansas, United States
Genres Country, gospel
Occupation(s) 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]


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 "Teddy 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" , "Cheatin' Is" and "Let Me Love You Once Before You Go".

Later career and life[edit]

Increasingly, she turned her attention to Gospel music, where she has recorded both solo and with Connie Smith and Sharon White on the album Love Never Fails. She now lives in Branson, Missouri where she and her husband Roy Morris, himself a singer-songwriter, appear April thru December featuring a 2 Hr. Dinner Show in the Golden Corral Showroom ( 'the only Golden Corral in America with a Showroom' ) in Branson, Missouri singing both country, gospel, and patriotic music.



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
2006 He Kept On Loving Me


Year Title Peak positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN CAN AC
1969 "Love Is a Gentle Thing" 69 Someone Special
"A Woman's Hand" 66
1970 "A Girl Who'll Satisfy Her Man" 26
"Find Out What's Happenin'" 52
1971 "(Loving You Is) Sunshine" 33 48 N/A
"What Do You Do" 62
"Love's Old Song" 28 Love's Old Song
1972 "Color My World" 38
"Thanks for the Mem'ries" 29 A Sweeter Love
"A Sweeter Love (I'll Never Know)" 53
"The Teddy Bear Song" 1 32 1 42 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 N/A
1975 "Let's Love While We Can" 52 Barbara Fairchild
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 41
"I Just Love Being a Woman" 63
1976 "Under Your Spell Again" 65 Mississippi
"Mississippi" 31
"Cheatin' Is" 15
1977 "Let Me Love You Once Before You Go" 22 32
"For All the Right Reasons" 49 Free and Easy
1978 "The Other Side of the Morning" 72
"She Can't Give It Away" 96
"It's Sad to Go to the Funeral
(Of a Good Love That Has Died)"
91 This Is Me!
1982 "The Biggest Hurt" The Biggest Hurt
1986 "Just Riding Around" 84 N/A
"All My Cloudy Days Are Gone"
1987 "Too Much Love"
2006 "He Kept On Loving Me" He Kept On Loving Me
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Collaboration singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1980 "Let Me Be the One" Billy Walker 74 Bye Bye Love
"Bye Bye Love" 70
"Love's Slipping Through our Fingers" 79
2003 "Closer to Home" Connie Smith and
Sharon White
Love Never Fails
2004 "Love Never Fails"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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.


  1. ^ "Barbara Introduces Teddy Bearchild". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Barbara Fairchild Biography". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Artist Biography by Johnny Loftus". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "BARBARA FAIRCHILD". Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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