Victoria Hallman

Born: Mobile, Alabama

At 6 years old, she cut her first record, "Send My Daddy Home." Also as a child she appeared as a guest on the Steve Allen and Merv Griffin shows regularly. She was a finalist in the Miss Alabama contest and later became the pageant's official vocal coach. Bob Hope encouraged her to move to Los Angeles where he got her a manager and a job, singing backup for Connie Stevens. Buck Owens heard her performance and she became his opening act and lead singer of the "Buckaroos", which won her a nomination for an Academy of Country Music award for Touring Band of the Year in 1980. In 1979 she was booked as Miss Honeydew on the Hee Haw Show.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Victoria "Vicki" Hallman is a lounge singer, former Hee-Haw cast member, and magazine columnist.

Hallman got her start on a WVTM Talent Showcase at the age of four. She signed a record contract in Nashville when she was six years old and cut "Send My Daddy Home". She appeared on the Merv Griffin show and on Steve Allen's show, then went on a national showroom tour, and performed for President Nixon at the Republican National Convention.

Hallman finished her diploma at Bibb County High School, where she was a majorette. She was a finalist in the Miss Alabama pageant and later worked as the pageant's vocal coach.

Hallman stayed in Birmingham and sat in with Bob Cain's Cane Breakers and The Bachelors. She joined The Ramblers and married drummer Johnny Robinson briefly. In the 1970s she was a regular at the Bachelors' Sho-Boat Lounge on Morris Avenue.

At the suggestion of Bob Hope, Hallman raised some money from fans and set out for Hollywood. She opened shows for Hope and backed up Connie Stevens. Buck Owens hired her as an opening act and as leader of the Buckaroos. With his help she was cast as "Miss Honeydew" in the weekly variety show Hee-Haw in 1980 and remained for nearly ten years before retiring to Nashville.

She returned to lounge singing at Veranda restaurant, owned by Tommy Finley who remembered her Sho-Boat performances. She followed that up with an appearance at the 2009 City Stages with a band made up of Cane Breakers and Bachelors alumni.

Hallman also writes a column for Flower magazine and is working on a novel.

References

Kemp, Kathy (May 25, 2009) "Club star ready for comeback." Birmingham News

Harvey, Alec (June 12, 2009) "City Stages 2009: Vicki Hallman returns to Birmingham for music festival." Birmingham News

Source: http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Vicki_Hallman

The Hee Haw Collection: http://www.amazon.com/Hee-Haw-Collection-Premier-Episode/dp/B0001ZX0HO

 

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1j5lFhWREY&feature=player_embedded#at=20

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