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Told in 250 pages this book is the story of one man's 19 year journey of exhilarating successes frustrating almosts and heartbreaking failures while writing singing and performing his own original music and knowing personally and working with dozens of America's greatest county music celebrities of the 1960s In thirty seven fascinating chapters the author carries us on his exciting tours and adventures to cites and towns all over the United States Europe Southeast Asia Puerto Rico Africa The Caribbean Islands Newfoundland and Labrador This book is also an excellent and professional inside look at the pros and cons and the dos and donts of a would be country music singersong writerentertainer His recollections of the country music greats of the 60's as friends and work colleagues show the fans a side they do not usually get to see Highly Recommended Susan Keefe Columbia Book Review My admiration for Dick Flood grew with every page I turned


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    Do you love country music are you fans of the legends in the industry? Well if so then now is the opportunity you’ve been looking for a chance to take a trip down memory lane with Dick Flood one of its stars as he shares with you in words and pictures his experiences in the Nashville music sceneThis epic adventure starts with the author in the US army stepping out of a C 47 at the Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands in early winter 1954 Fresh from South Korea he fell in love with the beautiful islands and their people despite the secret dangers lurking in its junglesHowever his ‘My Walk Among the Stars’ began when he was discharged and returned to the United States two years later in 1956 He arrived back to an exciting time when television was coming into people’s homes overnight so it seemed the world shrank as the stars of radio could now be seen on television programs and become even real to their fansTeaming up with his friend Billy Graves the pair became “The Country Lads” Their manager Mr Connie B Gay signed then up with CBS Television and they became known around the world for the next two years as they appeared on the Jimmy Dean morning show on Network TVOver the following years the author travelled with his music extensively throughout the United States Southeast Asia Africa Europe the Caribbean Islands Labrador Newfoundland and Puerto Rico Throughout the book he recounts his adventures in exotic destinations and experiences rubbing shoulders with legends like Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison when he performed with them in many shows and the music they made proved immortal Even now his songs are being used in movies and as backing and of course enjoyed by country music fans worldwide in formats which the artists could not have imagined in their wildest dreams at the timeThe interesting thing about this book is that as the author chronicles the ups and down of his life the reader is also treated to rare glimpses behind the scenes of the music industry and the big film corporations of the day Playing live in shows and on TV in prisons and military bases including a three months tour of the US military bases in the Far East where the Dick Flood Show visited Guam Japan Okinawa the Philippines and hostile South Vietnam his music captured the heart of his audiences His story brings the superstar singers musicians and performers of that time back to life and his personal recollections of these people as friends and work colleagues show the fans a side they don’t usually get to seeThe twists turns and leaps of faith which happen to us all and to the music industry led Dick Flood to a complete change of career in midlife He became an eco warrior living amongst the wildlife in the Okefenokee Swamp a 438000 acre peat filled wetland which bestrides the Georgia–Florida line of the United States He recounted that period of his life in his first book “Swampwise” which was reviewed here favourably where he writes under the pen name of ‘Okefenokee Joe’In Summary The country music scene career opportunities seized and lost and a family life well lived are all revealed in this astonishing and highly compelling biography of this talented musician singer and songwriter Highly recommended