George Hamilton IV in Valle Crucis Sept. 26
George Hamilton IV will present "An Evening of Friendship and Song" at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.
Hamilton, who celebrated 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry this past February, is a native of Winston-Salem, and his family has deep roots in Ashe County.
A life-long friend of Holy Cross interim priest John Shields and several other parishioners at Holy Cross, Hamilton travels to Valle Crucis to make a joyful noise in celebration of these friendships.
Hamilton earned teen-idol status in 1956 when he recorded "A Rose and a Baby Ruth." His country hits include "Abilene" in 1963, "Truck Drivin' Man" in 1964, "Break My Mind" in 1967 and "She's A Little Bit Country" in 1970.
Known as the International Ambassador of Country Music, Hamilton will share stories of the people he has met and songs he has sung while traveling the globe for the past half century. Hamilton was a frequent performer on Billy Graham's crusades, and, in 1974, he became the first American artist to play behind the Iron Curtain.
The concert is free to the community (although contributions will be welcome) and will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, in the sanctuary of the stone church with the red door on N.C. 194 in Valle Crucis.
Coffee and dessert will be served in the parish hall next to the church following the concert. For more information, phone the church office at (828) 963-4609.