Ricky Van Shelton
American singer
Ricky Van Shelton
Ricky Van Shelton is a retired American country music artist. Active between 1986 and 2006, he has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
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Rich legacy: Memphis sale gives glimpse behind closed doors of 'Silver Fox ... - Memphis Commercial Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
Her songs included Ricky Van Shelton's "Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs" and Tom Jones' "Field of Yellow Daisies." Their success meant a few luxuries behind their own closed doors. In one closet, Margaret Ann's wardrobe includes several Pat Kerr
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Soul City quartet comes to First Assembly - WMC-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Dr. David Wootton, chiropractor for the Memphis Grizzlies, has opened for such artists as Ricky Van Shelton and toured with Johnny Cash's band, The Tennessee Three. The blend of each member's style and experience makes Soul City truly unique
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Silverado reuniting for single concert - Dothan Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
They performed at June Jam in Fort Payne – having won a battle of the bands competition to get there – sandwiched between Ricky Van Shelton and Garth Brooks. It was just six years after the group first began playing together. “It was like Woodstock,”
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GAC Time Machine: Alan Jackson's “Don't Rock The Jukebox” - Great American Country (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It held the top spot for 3 weeks before getting knocked off by Ricky Van Shelton's “I'm A Simple Man.” “Don't Rock The Jukebox” was the lead single from Alan's second album, also titled Don't Rock The Jukebox, released on May 14, 1991
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Tiller's Folly concert honors Astoria Bicentennial - Coast Weekend
Google News - over 5 years
... Ferlin Husky, Ian Tyson, David Frizzell, Rose Maddox, Gary Fjellgaard, Brenda Lee, Irish Rovers, One Horse Blue, Randy Travis, Patricia Conroy, Canadian All-Stars, Ricky Van Shelton, Jess Lee, Johnny Russell, John Fogerty, Valdy and Lisa Brokop
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Hello, I'm Johnny Cash - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
Born in Hanford, Garner knew nothing about Cash - though he'd heard pre-Garth Brooks types Ricky Van Shelton and Rodney Crowell on the radio - until he was 11. That's when his dad, who farmed 200 acres of cotton, got tickets to a Cash show in Hanford
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Province Playlist: Charlie Major - The Province
Google News - over 5 years
A couple years later one Ricky Van Shelton, Nashville country star, came to Ottawa and some of Major's friends were working backstage and gave Van Shelton's bus driver a tape – remember those? As they rolled down the highway after the show the tape
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Nashville Pickers - Nashville Ledger newspaper
Google News - over 5 years
Nashville Pickers, which opened Memorial Day, is a place where Clark – the picker and scribbler behind such hits as George Strait's You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody, Ricky Van Shelton's Living Proof and Doug Stone's I'd Be Better Off in a Pine Box
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So you know - Omaha World-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
But it also includes favorites who haven't been in the spotlight lately, such as Ricky Van Shelton and Randy Travis. And who's No. 1? The site crowns a king (or queen.) Let the debates begin. Rock outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has a new batch of songs
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Alabama Country Music Star, T J MADDUX showcases his new hit single on opening ... - PRLog.Org (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
TJ Maddux has been compared in the press to Ricky Van Shelton, Dwight Yoakum and a young progressive Buck Owens. His beautiful and talented co-writer Sheila Maddux joins TJ on authoring several hit songs from the album project
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Nashville Based, Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell Creates the New Logo for ... - PR.com (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
Cook has opened shows for many Country Stars including, David Alan Coe, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Van Shelton, Exile, John Conlee, Louise Mandrell, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, David Frizzell, Johnny Rodriguez and Little Texas to name a few
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Sundance announces lineup for acclaimed concert series - Ski Channel
Google News - almost 6 years
To date, Shamblin has had more than 100 songs recorded by such artists as Wynonna, Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Bette Midler, Ricky Van Shelton, Dolly Parton, Ricky Scaggs, John Berry, Kathy Mattea, Susan Ashton, "Prince" and others
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SUMMER FESTIVALS; A Wealth of Cultural Nuggets Waiting to Be Mined
NYTimes - almost 16 years
Following is a selected list, compiled by Anna Bahney, of events through September. Performances rarely occur every day of the week, and programs are subject to change. Alabama ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL -- Montgomery (800-841-4273). Productions in repertory through July 15: ''A Midsummer Night's Dream,'' ''The Negro of Peter the Great,''
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ON THE TOWNS
NYTimes - over 20 years
An opinionated guide to cultural and recreational goings-on around the state this week. To submit items for consideration, write to On the Towns, Sunday New Jersey Section, The New York Times, 229 West 43d Street, New York, N.Y. 10036, or send a fax to (212) 556-7219. MUSIC APPEL FARM Outdoor country music concert with Ricky Van Shelton and Doug
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POP MUSIC;Hot Days, Warm Nights, Cool Sounds
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Arkansas WILDWOOD FESTIVAL Little Rock (888-2787-7275). Johnny Cash (June 13); the John Stubblefield Quintet, Joe Henderson's "Double Rainbow" Quartet (June 28); the Fred Hersch Trio, the Jimmy Heath Quintet (June 29); Charlie Haden's Quartet West, the Joe Lovano Quartet (June 30). California HOLLYWOOD BOWL Hollywood (213-850-2000). "Strike Up the
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Review/Television; A Howdy to Minnie Pearl, Price Tags and All
NYTimes - over 24 years
Country puts on formal duds tonight for "Hats Off to Minnie: America Honors Minnie Pearl," a two-and-a-half hour super-hoedown beginning at 8 on the Nashville Network. Recuperating from a stroke, this veteran entertainer, who turned 80 years old yesterday, was unable to attend the special tribute, which was held in May at the Grand Ole Opry House
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POP/JAZZ; And the Gods of Music Said, 'Let's Boogie'
NYTimes - almost 25 years
The following list of performers and concert dates is selective. Performances are subject to change. California CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO Mission District, Fri.-next Sun. (415-824-8999). Willie Colon, Legal Alien, Caribbean All-Stars. DIXIELAND JUBILEE Various sites, Sacramento, Fri.-May 25 (916-372-5277). Four Freshman, Abe Most, Tommy Sanders.
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SUMMER FESTIVAL: POP/JAZZ; Sax, Drums and Rock 'n' Roll
NYTimes - almost 26 years
The following list of performers and concert dates is selective. Performances are subject to change. California BENSON AND HEDGES BLUES Various sites, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, May 31-June 8. B. B. King, Gregg Allman, Etta James, Willie Dixon Dream Band. (213-410-1062) CELEBRATIONS! California Plaza, Los Angeles, May 29-Nov. 1. The Nicaraguan
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Van Shelton
    FIFTIES
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In May 2006, Shelton announced that he would be retiring from touring to spend more time with his family.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 48
    In 2000, Shelton signed with the Audium label, where he made another album called Fried Green Tomatoes, which spawned his first single in over five years called "The Decision", but it failed to make a substantial impact on the Country charts.
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  • 1997
    Age 45
    In 1997, Shelton formed his own label entitled, RVS Records (which stands for his initials).
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he released his first album in three years entitled Making Plans. Shelton financed the project himself however, and worked out to release his album only to Wal-Mart stores.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    After 1994's Love and Honor album, Shelton decided to leave Columbia Records, saying he was fed up with the label.
    More Details Hide Details After being under Columbia Records, Shelton was absent from the Country charts for a long period of time. However, Columbia continued to release Greatest Hits collections to the public. Shelton continued to work on other projects during this time, which didn't mean giving up performing.
    In 1994, he had his last Top 40 hit with "Where Was I".
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  • 1993
    Age 41
    By 1993, it was clear that Shelton was winding farther and farther away from the Top 10 on the Country charts.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 40
    However, in 1992, Shelton was also battling another problem.
    More Details Hide Details He admitted to the public he was an alcoholic, and led to some serious problems in his personal life. However, he decided to get help, and soon enough, Shelton was sober.
    By 1992, Shelton's success on the Country charts was tapering off, and fast; like many others in the industry, he was swept out of popularity by the massive changes in country music that arrived in the early 1990s.
    More Details Hide Details He enjoyed one last Top 10 hit (which actually reached number 5) titled "Wild Man", which was put on his newest album, called Greatest Hits Plus, which had all his biggest hits since he first jumped into the Country spotlight in 1987. Another single, "Just As I Am," was featured on his Greatest Hits album, but it only made the Top 30 that year. He also released a Gospel music album of all his Gospel material entitled Don't Overlook Salvation, which sold quite well.
  • 1991
    Age 39
    Shelton continued his success as the decade began to progress. The next year, 1991, proved another successful year for Shelton.
    More Details Hide Details He duetted on the song, "Rockin' Years" with Dolly Parton (which also went to No. 1), as well as a new album, entitled, Backroads. The album featured his last No. 1 hits, along with a number 13 hit called "After the Lights Go Out". His hit streak continued up until this year, and his album was just as successful as his songs.
  • 1990
    Age 38
    In 1990, he recording a Christmas album entitled Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, Shelton wrote a series of Children's books. The first two titles of his books were, Tales From a Duck Named Quacker and Quacker Meets Mrs. Moo. The series also contains "Quacker meets Canadian goose" and were all illustrated by Shan Williams Burklow.
  • 1987
    Age 35
    His album reached the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart in 1987, was one of the biggest-selling Country albums of the year, and it made Shelton one of the most successful male vocalists of that year.
    More Details Hide Details He achieved equal success the next year with a new album and a new single. The album was entitled Loving Proof, and it too was a No. 1 Billboard Country album. The album spawned three No. 1 hits for Shelton. These songs were, "I'll Leave This World Loving You" (for two weeks in November 1988), "From a Jack to a King" (in March 1989), and "Living Proof" (in October 1989). "From a Jack to a King" was a remake of the original by Ned Miller. By this time in Country music, Neo-Traditionalism was in its peak, and because of this, so was Shelton's career, just like so many of his counterparts, like Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few. His albums continued to win him praise and keep him high on the charts. His third album was no different. Titled RVS III, this album spawned only one No. 1 single, called "I've Cried My Last Tear For You". Although this was his only No. 1 from the album, two singles came close, "Statue of a Fool" (originally recorded by Jack Greene) and "I Meant Every Word He Said", both of which reached number 2 on the Country charts. By now in his career, Shelton was one of Country music's most successful male vocalists, playing the game along with the other big male names in the business.
    This next song was called "Somebody Lied", and in December 1987 it became his first No. 1 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
    More Details Hide Details Nine other songs would make it to No. 1 on the Country charts during his career. He had a pair of other No. 1 singles from his debut album: "Life Turned Her That Way" and "Don't We All Have the Right".
    By 1987, Shelton released his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream.
    More Details Hide Details The album ended up being very successful for Shelton and his record label. The next song from the album, "Crime of Passion" gained him an even bigger hit on the Country charts, when it reached the Top 10 early that year. The follow-up was an even bigger success.
  • 1986
    Age 34
    In 1986, Jerry Thompson, a newspaper columnist, heard one of Shelton's demos, and arranged an audition with Columbia Records.
    More Details Hide Details Soon thereafter, Shelton was offered a recording contract with CBS, with Jerry Thompson serving as his manager. In that same year, he recorded his first album, Wild-Eyed Dream. The title track was released as a single, and reached No. 24 on the Country charts.
  • 1984
    Age 32
    After he graduated from high school, Shelton started performing in area clubs and also worked a series of jobs. In 1984, Bettye Witt, his girlfriend at the time (and, since August 4, 1986, wife) found a job in Nashville, Tennessee (the Country music capital), and Shelton went along with her.
    More Details Hide Details In Nashville, Shelton tried to land a deal with a recording contract, and worked in area nightclubs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 0
    He was born at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia, to Jenks and Eloise Shelton in 1952, but was raised in Grit, Virginia and went to High school in Gretna, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Although "Van" is a common portion of surnames derived from people of Dutch origin, "Van" in this case is Ricky's middle name. He is of no known relation to fellow country singer Blake Shelton. Shelton's father sang Gospel music while he was still a child, and from this Shelton also sang Gospel, but he also liked Pop music. He was soon in church, singing Gospel music. When he was a teenager, however, Shelton discovered Country music. He soon started singing in his brother's band, singing Country music, and performed at any local gathering he could.
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