2014 Inductees to the British Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Vic Woodhouse ~ inductee No 32 ~ View Certificate 0032
Vic Woodhouse Vic started in Country in the Early 70s, rapidly gaining national recognition with his award winning band, Hickory Lake, staying on the road with them for nearly 20 years.
Aware of the problems of Country acts getting work he formed Vic Woodhouse Promotions, an agency still operating today.
In order to showcase Country he founded the first all British Country music festival back in 1979 with the help of Harlow council and went on to run it for the next 15 years. It used to attract over 16,000 visitors each year.
Seeing a gap in the market he teamed with Pontins to start Country music holidays at Hemsby which led to similar events at Seacroft, Brean Sands, Prestatyn and other Pontins venues.
When local Radio BBC Essex started he was invited, in 1986, to present the Country show. Originally it was called All Kinds of Country becoming Essex Country later. He was voted best presenter on the station carrying on for 13 years.
Vic has now eased off in promoting and is no longer involved in Harlow, Little Willy’s or the VWP concerts and holidays. He still gets up at the Hickory Lake Club supporting the club acts.
Welcome Vic Woodhouse to the British Country Music Hall of Fame.
   
Stu Stevens ~ inductee No 33 ~ View Certificate 0033
Stu Stevens
Stu Stevens billed in his heyday as ‘The Voice’, was one of the best Country baritones of the 60s and 70s.
Stu's career started with a local talent show that his brother entered him into in 1965 and he won. This started his journey as a singer, he learnt guitar, then piano and he started touring around the club circuit in Nottingham.
Changing his name from Wilfred Pierce to Stuart Stevens and his record label shortening it to Stu, he got a contract with EMI in the late 60s for the single, Soft Is The Night (b-side - Tender Hearted).
His voice got him tv work, appearing on the Lonnie Donegan show. In 1970 he was booked to entertain visiting US stars at a pre Wembley party, impressing the organisers so getting a booking on the main event and becoming the first British act to appear.
It was just three votes that put him into second place behind a child drummer to winning Opportunity Knocks (early Britain’s Got Talent show). 1973 saw him touring in America and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry.
1979 was a big year for him, Terry Wogan played, on Radio 2, his single, The Man From Outer Space which rode high in the pop charts and created enough interest to have MCA pick up the song.
For years he played theatres and concerts but it was the sudden death from a rare heart disease of his youngest son, his keyboard player, that caused him to withdraw from performing.
Alf Roberts ~ inductee No 34 ~ View Certificate 0034
Alf Roberts
Alf Roberts was selected by the BCMA Hall of Fame panel to be inducted into the Hall for 2014 in January but fate was to decree otherwise.
It was a unanimous decision to posthumously induct him into the Hall of Fame.
Alf Roberts was completely gentle at times but very hard and unmovable at others when negotiating a contract for his artist or for a venue.
He started his early earning as a builder/electrician but his love of Country music led him to set up A&J Management with his wife of nearly 60 years, Josie. This was a promotions company and as an agency for many clubs and festivals he was trusted to book acts for them.
As management, one the first acts he put on his books was a young Jim Ryder and he successfully promoted him to become a major player on the circuit.
Alf always was involved in charity, his regular events at Connahs Quay Civic were extremely well supported for many years. Added to this his Blackpool holiday events always sold out. Invariably Alf would visit the many clubs to check out his acts and would always put 100 percent into solving any of the many problems that arose.
After parting company with Jim Ryder Alf took a fledgling singer from Preston under his wing. Donna Wylde went from a very nervous young lady to twice winner of BCMA Female Vocalist of the Year.
Alf Roberts is the 34th member of the Hall.
The induction award was accepted by his daughter Heather Harris, Joanne his granddaughter and Donna Wylde.