World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Lulu Roman to Be Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

Press Release - For Immediate Use

Lulu Roman to Be Inducted Into America's Country Music Hall of Fame

LeMars, Iowa....."LuLu Roman was one of the most popular female stars on the show that replaced the Smothers Brothers.  'Hee Haw' became one of America's best tongue in cheek television shows....ever, and is still in re-runs on RFD-TV.  You might not recognize LuLu Roman today."  says Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association. "She has lost over 200 pounds, and has shifted her entire life-focus toward Gospel music.  As a matter of fact, her latest release "At Last" features this woman's incredibly beautiful voice, teamed up with, no less than Dolly Parton.  They sing a very moving song "I Will Love you Always."  Not just Dolly either, T. Graham Brown and Georgette Jones (George's daughter) also helped on this project.  To date, LuLu has released over 20 albums, all of them devoted to gospel music and Christ's teachings. She is the recipient of a Dove award, and she is also a member of the Country Gospel Music and Christian Music Halls of Fame. The TV-Land network also awarded Lulu with their prestigious 'Entertainer's Award.'  It is with a great deal of humility and honor that we announce that Lulu Roman will be inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame this year." 

A native of Dallas, Texas, LuLu was born Bertha Louise Hable.  Her unwed mother was ill and could not raise her.  The little girl was sent to live with her great-grandmother who wasn't physically able to raise her either, so the family placed her in an orphanage shortly after birth.  She was born with a thyroid dysfunction, and it would be in the orphans home that she first endured the pain of being unaccepted because of her weight.

LuLu managed to get through high school, and worked for a time as a telephone operator, but an opportunity to become a go-go dancer challenged her, and this was when she became known as LuLu Roman, as well as developing her comedy act.  She was one of the original cast members of Hee Haw.  According to LuLu, she recalls that "Whenever Buck Owens and his band would come to town, I and some of my girlfriends would go see the show.  We became good friends with Buck, and he'd say to me...."One of these days, you're going to be a big star, and I'm going to have something to do with that." When they made a list of characters they wanted on Hee Haw, thy had listed "One fat dumb boy and one fat dumb girl.'  Buck said, "I've got your girl. She's in Dallas,' and they took his word for it."

Most people know LuLu as the most requested female cast member of the long running hit television series, and many know her as an accomplished and celebrated songwriter, and as the singer who has been successfully making records for over 20 years.  What some people might not know, is that during the first couple seasons of Hee Haw, LuLu's life off-camera was dramatically different from what the public saw on Hee Haw.  She was involved in drugs and this habit eventually led to her arrest.  She lost her position in the cast, but after she became a Christian and turned her personal life around, she was allowed to re-join the show, and remained a part of it through the remainder of its run.  LuLu's search for happiness and acceptance, which had almost led her to her personal destruction, instead led her to God.  Her strong faith, combined with positive changes in her life, eventually resulted in a full pardon from the Governor of Texas, and the ultimate reinstatement on Hee Haw.

Today, LuLu performs on the gospel circuit.  She has two grown sons, Damon and Justin.  Even though you might not recognize this 200 pound lighter woman, you will definitely recognize her beautiful gospel voice.  LuLu continues to perform music and stand-up comedy, and she also enjoys working with Compassion International, a child-development organization that serves 1.2 million children in 26 countries.  "I was born in a home for unwed mothers and dumped in an orphanage," LuLu said, "I got a pretty good grip on what these kids are feelling."

LuLu Roman will be inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame on August 29th at the annual gathering of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  According to Bob Everhart, president of the NTCMA, "Lulu will be inducted on our main stage at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, where we hold our annual convention-festival.  This is all part of the Pioneer Ag Expo, and I represent right at 2,500 members of the NTCMA, mostly rural folks, small town people, and regional everyday individuals that have over the years truly enjoyed LuLu Roman's appearances on Hee Haw.  We just inducted Patti Page, legendary singer of songs like the "Tennessee Waltz" just before she passed away.  Over the years (since 1976) we have been inducting deserving entertainers.  It is with a great deal of pride that we announce that LuLu Roman will not only be inducted into this upper Midwest country music hall of fame, she will also receive the Rural Roots Music Commission's highest honor, their "Contemporary Country Gospel CD of the Year" award.  We're so proud of her accomplishments, against incredible odds, and her vocal renditions of gospel songs is just unbelievable.  We have ten stages of music from 9am to midnight every day for seven days (Aug 26-Sept 1), and we'll have LuLu on the main stage for the Hall of Fame ceremonies.  However one of our other stages is a 'strictly gospel' stage, which we call our "Jesus Christ Church Without Walls" and hopefully LuLu will join our country pickers and players for some good old-time gospel music there.  We have lots of workshops and contests for those just starting in country, bluegrass, and folk music, and we even have a large Tipi Vilalge located in an old pioneer ghost town adjacent to our staging areas.  We have a website that explains a lot about what we do located at www.ntcma.net and that also explains a lot about why we are so concerned about the music which originally emanated from rural America.  LuLu's photo and memorabilia will be on display at the Pioneer Music Museum which is located in Anita, Iowa, once the ceremonies are completed. 

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news