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Tony hails from Leeds in Yorkshire. He helped form The Tigers Skiffle Group in 1956, whilst serving at RAF Bawdsey (Suffolk). American servicemen in the area introduced Tony to the recordings of American country artists such as Hank Snow and Hank Williams. Tony's first solo gig playing country & western was in September 1956. Later he served on RAF Christmas Island, scene of the British atom bomb tests. Following his demod from the RAF, Tony began his career on the Yorkshire Club scene where he was booked as 'Tony & His Guitar'. In 1965 Tony formed a duo with Arthur Layfield, later forming the band Goodacre Country. As well as performing country music, Tony became a founder member of the Bunkhouse CMC in 1968, the first country music club on Teeside.
In 1973 Tony won the Record Mirror Award for Britain's Top Solo Country Act, and later that year made his first visit to Nashville. Whilst on tour in the States he appeared on the Arthur Smith TV Show as a guest of George Hamilton IV, the show was broadcast throughout USA. In 1974, Tony recorded his first album 'Roaming 'Round In Nashville'. Working virtually every night of the year in 74 (354 gigs + 20 lunchtime shows) in Yorkshire's Working Mens Club, Tony established himself as the busiest and one of the best known country music singers in the UK. Around this time radio DJ's gave him the title 'Britain's Mr Country Music'. In 1977, he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and also appeared on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree.
In the 80's Tony appeared at many leading European Country Music festivals, by the mid 80's Tony was acclaimed as Europe's most popular solo male artist by readers of 'Country Gazette'. In 1988, Tony undertook a 3 month 'Round The World' tour which included appearances in Australia, New Zealand and USA.
In the 90's he worked with Paul Wheater as the narrator for the offical Jim Reeves Tribute Show 'I Won't Forget You'. A double album of newly recorded songs is released to mark Tony's 40th anniversity year of singing country music. He also returns to the Floralia Festival in Holland with a 6 piece band, his 15th appearance at this renowned country music festival.
The Millennium is marked with a new album 'The Millennium Project' with guitarist Steve Isherwood, whilst in 2003 Tony released a new video from 'A to Z' which covers highlights from tours in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Arizona, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. A new album 'Snow Covered' (CD info) is due for release in 2004.
As well as performing solo, Tony is able to work as a duo (usually with Steve Isherwood), as a trio, 4, 5 or 6 piece band. (see Booking info)
All direct enquiries to Tony or Sylvia Goodacre on: Phone: 01642 479898: Fax: 0709 235 9333
For more information about this renowned British country music artist visit the Tony Goodacre website.