Tony Booth Day in Pearland marks 10 years

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Each year country music artist Tony Booth and a group of his musical friends, perform at Billy’s Hall in Pearland. The return visit has been titled Tony Booth Day.

This year, Booth and his entourage will offer a commemorative Friday night Alvin Opry Reunion Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. According to Booth, the party will continue Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Both nights’ events will take place at Billy’s Hall at 4070 Wells Drive.
Entertainers at the Friday, May 5 Alvin Opry Reunion dance at Billy’s Hall include Booth, Brian Collins, Lauretta Turner, John Mark Davis, Miranda Diede, Kim Lanier, Missy Brown, Rhonda Walters, Sylvia Riggs, Shalane, Shawn Johnson, Jim Beaumont, Mary Dooley, Arnold Parker, Royce Melton, Tommy Reed and The Texas Express Band with emcee Tracy Pitcox. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The line-up for Saturday, May 6 includes Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Brian Collins, Dallas Wayne, Randy Cornor, Larry Booth, Justin Trevino, Dottie Jack, Doug Boggs, Robin Booth, Lauretta Turner, Jerry Locke, Tommy Reed, Buddy Hrabel, Matt Reed & Harris Kubos, and Emcee Tracy Pitcox. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

Friday night’s event is special to Booth. He was a regular at the Alvin Opry every Friday night where country music was played in a modest Alvin dancehall for 26 years before it closed in 2014 due to the owner’s health-related issues.

Booth recorded 12 albums for United Artist, Capital, MGM and Heart of Texas. His hit records include “Keys in the Mailbox,” “Lonesome 7-7203,” “Cinderella,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Carwash Blues,” “Old Faithful,” “Happy Hour,” and “Secret Love.”

Today, Booth performs 40-50 shows per year including gigs in Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden and Texas. Many times he appears with legends including Johnny Bush, Darrel McCall, Brian Collins, Dallas Wayne, Justin Trevino, Dottie Jack, and Doug Boggs.

In 1973 Booth was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music along with Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Ray Price and Charley Rich. The Tony Booth Band won Band of the Year from the Academy of Country Music 1970-1972.

Booth was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Pearland resident Lynn Brown is Booth’s booking manager. She met him in 1993 at the Alvin Opry.

“For years we’ve talked about reuniting with our friends from the Alvin Opry and this year seemed like the perfect time to do it being at the 10-year mark with Tony Booth Day,” Brown said.

For tickets for Friday or Saturday’s performances, call 713-252-9773 or 713-806-5791.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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