The tradition of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree continues this Saturday night with Kathie Baillie, Michael Bonagura and Alan LeBoeuf better known as Baillie & The Boys.
The trio that we know today was formed in 1977 with original members Michael Bonagura, Kathie Baillie and Alan LeBoeuf. Bonagura and LeBoeuf were performing together in New Jersey as a duo entitled “London Fog” when Bonagura received some vocal recordings of Kathie Baillie. The receipt of the recordings lead to a meeting between Bonagura and Baillie, and proved to be successful as the two were married later that year. With the addition of the female lead vocals,the trio Baillie & The Boys was formed.
The trio found their way to Nashville in the early 1980s. Their well blended harmony landed them work as vocalists on recordings for Ed Bruce, Dan Seals and Randy Travis. Bonagura also found success as a songwriter, composing Marie Osmond’s “There’s No StoppingYour Heart”. The trio landed their own recording contract with RCA Records in 1987 and embarked on a stellar musical run.
During the years between 1987 and 1991, Baillie & The Boys charted ten Top 40 Singles on the U.S. Country Music charts and recorded three studio albums. “Oh, Heart” (#9 on the U.S. Country Charts-1987), “Wilder Days” (#9 on the U.S. Country Charts-1988), “Long Shot” (#5 on the U.S. Country Charts-1988) and “Heart of Stone” (#4 on the U.S. Country Charts-1989) are among the single recordings for which the group is best known.
The trio had a couple of different versions along the way with LeBoeuf leaving the group in 1988. His replacement was Roger McVay in 1995. McVay, himself, left the group in 1999 and LeBoeuf once again assumed his role as bass guitarist and vocalist. Although Baillie & The Boys have not charted a single since 1991, they remain active and prominent in the Country Music industry. Their appearance on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree will prove that they have not missed a beat.
The Ermest Tubb Midnite Jamboree is a free show presented every Saturday night at midnight (Central Time Zone) in the Texas Troubadour Theater adjacent to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop #2 in Nashville’s Music Valley. The Midnite Jamboree is the world’s second longest running radio show having been on the air since 1947. If you are unable to make it out, listen live through the facilities of 650AM WSM radio on the AM dial or via the internet at www.wsmonline.com. For more information, contact the Ernest Tubb Record Shop at (615) 889-2474.