The Nashville Edition
Breaking news! about the Music City Christian Fellowship, of which Joe Babcock is a founding member!
I recently got a nice e-mail with lots of information from Lorrie Babcock Hendrickson, Joe Babcock's daughter. I'm passing that information on to all the Hee Haw fans. If you have any more questions please e-mail me and I will see what I can find out for you. I hope to have more photos on here soon, too. I have copied much of this information from Lorrie's e-mail. Thanks, Lorrie!!!
The Nashville Edition started out as four freelance singers: Joe Babcock, Dolores Dinning Edgin, Ricki Page, and Hurshel Wiginton. They worked so many recording sessions together that they finally decided to form a group.
They sang back-up on such hits as
“Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" with Elvis Presley
“El Paso City” with Marty Robbins
“Rose Garden" with Lynn Anderson
"Delta Dawn" with Tanya Tucker
"I Will Always Love You" with Dolly Parton
"Easy Lovin'" with Freddie Hart
"Near You" with George Jones and Tammy Wynette
"Love is Thin Ice" with Barbara Mandrell
"Suspicious Minds" with Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
"Crystal Chandeliers" with Charley Pride
and many others.
The Nashville Edition won many awards. They were the #1 Vocal Background Group for more than 10 years. They performed on more than 10,000+ recorded sessions with every major artist that comes to mind. Later Ricki Page retired, and soprano Wendy Suites joined the group permanently. In June of 1968 Sheb Wooley, who was also a co-writer with Dolores, called her and said he was working on a summer replacement T.V. show and needed a vocal group for one day…would the group be interested? They were, so they reported to the set of “Hee Haw” where they stayed as a part of the original Hee Haw cast until the taping of the final show, twenty-five years later! When Buck Owens left the show, Joe was asked to take Buck Owens place in the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet. Joe also created the popular group called the Hee Haw Cowboy Quartet, which included Roy Clark, as a salute to his pioneer idols.
“Hee Haw” has led to other opportunities for Joe and Dolores as well, such as a character acting part on the T.V. show ”Hee Haw Honeys” (which was fun and different) as well as “The Nashville Palace.” "Hee Haw” also had a big, live telecast show on New Year’s Eve from the Opryland Hotel.
A few of the Awards for the “THE NASHVILLE EDITION" :
1975 - Received the Super Picker Award for background vocals.
1977 - Received the Super Picker Award for background vocals.
1978 - Received the Super Picker Award for background vocals.
39 individual Song Awards as Vocal Background from NARAS.
Before "The Nashville Edition," Joe Babcock got his start originally with Marty Robbins. He later wrote many hit songs, such as "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water," and many more. Joe recorded as part of the "Glaser Brothers," "The Jordanaires," and "The Anita Kerr Singers," as well as a solo artist. He is still active in the Music Business today as a songwriter with Southern Skies Publishing Co., he has an independent record label, Chimney Rock Records, and continues to sing with wife Carol and daughter Lorrie as "The Babcocks." Since 1998 this group has won more than 23 National Awards in the field of Country Gospel. Their latest CD project "Ridin' West" is a collection of Cowboy songs he wrote such as "Doggone Cowboy," "Ghost Train," "Prairie Fire" and more original songs. The final cut on this project, "Brand of the Cross" topped the charts at #1 in January 2004.
Click on the photo to see a larger version of the Babcocks on "Hee Haw's New Stars" segment.
E-mail me if you know of more information or want to know more...I will see what I can find out.
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