by Bruce Menzies
“What you see is what you get.” The same Barbara on the stage is the same Barbara off the stage and visa versa. What you “get” on the stage is the very thing senior adults love when they come to Branson—a performer who gives one hundred and ten percent to their performance and genuinely loves the audience—especially seniors.
Barb (as she’s affectionately called) and her husband Roy Morris have mastered the art of bantering with each other. Poor “Roy Boy” can’t get a word in edge-wise. “Lose your breath—lose your turn,” according to Roy, describes life with Barb—on stage and off! Their show can be described as up close and personal. Everything about the show reflects a sincere love for people. Barb easily mixes faith, family, and patriotism in her show.
Information posted on Barb’s Website, www.barbarafairchild.com, states she moved to Branson in 1992 and became a regular on the Mel Tillis Show. She began producing and starring in her own show in 1993. Throughout the year, Barb and Roy travel the country appearing at concerts, church services, and other venues. For several years she has been a spokesperson for Feed the Children, a sponsor for the Foster Grandparents Organization, and is a member of Concerned Women of America.
During her first year in Branson, Barb started doing a Sunday worship service that continues today. (Check Barb’s Website, www.barbarafairchild.com for exact time and location.) The special Tribute to Veterans service held during the Veterans’ Homecoming Week in November always had the largest attendance of the year. Commenting on the subject of veteran’s causes, Barb says, “We owe it to our Veterans to honor them and let them know we haven’t forgotten the sacrifices they made. We have to pass this knowledge on to our younger generations. Our heritage is a sacred gift that must be cared for or it will be lost.”
Barbara Fairchild may be best known for her country song, The Teddy Bear Song. Do you remember the tune? “I wish I was a teddy bear / Not livin’ or lovin’ nor goin’ nowhere / I wish I was a teddy bear / And I'm wishin’ that I hadn't fallen in love with you.” In 1973 the song stayed at number one on the U.S. and Canadian country charts for two weeks and crossed over into the pop charts too. It has become a favorite of all generations. Recorded by other artists also, The Teddy Bear Song was certified gold for sales of 1 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Barb has been inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, Arkansas Entertainer Hall of Fame, and named Entertainer of the Year for three consecutive years by the Professional International Rodeo Association.
I’d like to close this article with a personal note. The first time I remember reading the name Barbara Fairchild was during the opening scene of a weekly television program back in 1980-1981. Vega$, airing on ABC between 1978 and 1981, began each episode with the star, tough guy Dan Tanna, driving his little red 1957 Ford Thunderbird on the Las Vegas strip. As detective Tanna passed the Desert Inn the marquee displayed the names of Roy Clark and Barbara Fairchild. In the show’s sixty-nine episodes, Tanna (aka Robert Urich) minimized crime using his brains and brawn, making Las Vegas a safer place for tourists to lose money.
In 1975 Mr. Urich married a (very) distant relative of mine—Heather Menzies. (I assume my invitation was lost in the mail.) You may remember Heather as playing the part of Louisa Von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music. They remained married until Mr. Urich’s death from cancer in 2002. Sadly, Heather passed away on Christmas Eve, 2017 from cancer.
For additional show information visit her Website www.barbarafairchild.com.
Why Seniors Love Barbara Fairchild
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Robert Urich and wife Heather Menzies. I referred myself to her as her “country cousin.”
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