043 Gordon Davies 2017View Certificate 043

Gordon Davies has spent a lifetime listening to and promoting Country music, both locally around the Shropshire/Wales border and nationally through his record label.
Gordon learnt to promote early in his life, at first it was local bands and artists then as he became more successful he used the best of UK performers and eventually he promoted USA and Canadian stars.
When local radio started he was one of the first on air with a Country show on the famed pirate station, Sunshine Radio, working with Muff Murfin. He soon learnt the skills of mixing and blending from a man who now owns several legitimate radio stations and is one of the biggest jingle producers in the UK.
Realising a massive hole in the market for British artists to record and release their songs (in the 1970s there was no Facebook nor Twitter, Spotify nor Amazon -onto LPs), he formed the famous early Country label, Westwood Records. One of the first artists to record was Hall of Fame member, the late Keith Manifold.
Soon there was a stream of people waiting to travel to Newtown to record. A notable series was with the premier UK bluegrass band, the famed Down County Boys. These early recordings are still eagerly sought after at record fairs.
Continuing his search for new artists to play on his radio show he bought the licences to press Canadian and USA Country singers. One of the first was Dick Dameron who released several albums on the Westwood label. Gordon became firm friends with Dick and visited Canada regularly to spend time with him.
Dick Dameron now lives in sunny Mexico and Gordon has vacations there.
Gordon Davies brought the biggest nightclub in Newtown and continues to promote Country.
Until recently he was the Country jock on Radio Maldwyn where he had been from its inception to its sale last year.
Gordon will be the 43rd member of the British Country Music Hall of Fame.

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