b. Wendy Lou Holcombe, 19 April 1963, Dogwood, near Alabaster, Alabama, USA, d. 14 February 1987. She grew up loving the country music that she heard on radio broadcasts from the Grand Ole Opry and taught herself to play her father’s banjo at 11. When taken to Nashville to visit theOpry as a treat, the show was sold out and they had no tickets. Her father took her into a music shop to look at a banjo and her rendition of ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ led to her being taken back stage at the Opry and invited to play with Grandpa Jones. Roy Acuff heard them and, amazed at her ability, arranged for her to play on the Midnight Jamboree. She made her Opry debut at the age of 12. She began to appear regularly on a Birmingham television show and played local venues with her father and brother backing her on guitar and bass. At 13, she regularly made appearances in Nashville and soon after she began making tours with noted artists, including Jim Ed Brown and Jerry Clower. She began to sing and also proved herself to be a multi-instrumentalist by also using guitar, mandolin and fiddle on concert appearances. She toured all over the USA and even played London’s Wembley Festival. In 1980, she began regular spots onNashville Swing, made acting roles in various television programmes and recordedWendy Holcombe, U.S. Army for NBC-TV in 1981. In 1981, she collapsed on stage at Fort Wayne, Indiana and tests found that she was suffering from an enlarged heart. She was instructed to cease performing and take things very easy. She did but on 14 February 1987, the short life of this talented performer came to an end.
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