1950s musical tribute to benefit wounded warriors

By SCOTT SMITH | The (Fort Smith, Ark.) Times Record | Published: March 21, 2014

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Several music lovers will interpret the songs of Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee, Marty Robbins and others for an upcoming fundraiser.

The “Lost in the ’50s: Tribute Concert to Help Wounded Warriors” will feature the singing talents of Jerry Standridge, Missy Beauchaine, Jim Woolley, Tammy Killman and Trey Hinton at 6 p.m. March 29 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren. The all-ages event, which will benefit the Volunteers for Injured Veterans Association’s Wounded Warriors program, will provide “a rare form of family entertainment,” said David L. Ogden, concert promoter and VFIVA president.

“This is such an exciting thing for us to have, because these are five professional singers,” he said. “They have sung in Branson, Nashville and New York City. There’s no better group of 1950s-style, 1960s-style singers in the region.”

Ogden and the singers hope to raise money for Wounded Warriors, which provides financial assistance and moral support to area wounded military veterans.

“We want to honor these veterans who have served their country,” he said. “We think it’s our duty to support them.”

Songs by The Platters, The Drifters, Bobby Vinton, Little Eva, Bobby Day and The Duprees also will be heard during the “upbeat” concert, Ogden said. A patriotic tribute will open the event to welcome and honor U.S. military veterans, he said.

“We usually have quite a few veterans in attendance at our concerts, so this will be a great way to honor them,” Ogden said.

“And this is a great thing for folks who really love golden oldie music, a must that, sadly, is fading fast,” he added. “People really don’t want to miss this show, because these singers are great, and the cause — the Wounded Warriors program — is great.”


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