Carroll Baker

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Born on March 4, 1949 in Nova Scotia (Canada) Carroll Baker grew up in the small fishing village and lived relatively comfortably. In 1965 her family moved to Oakville where Carroll was very unhappy. She was terribly shy and quit high school to work at a bookstore, a factory, a restaurant and Canadian Tire. She married John Beaulieu in 1968.
At a bar in Oakville friends convinced Carroll to sing on stage. She rendered Stand by your Man and subsequently was asked to sing with the band every weekend. She was seen by Roger Burke, traveled to a singing Jamboree and was asked to record. The rest is history.
Carroll's first single Memories of Home was a minor hit. She sang Conway Twitty's I've Never Been This Far Before in 1975 and a presence on the CBC's Juno Awards kicked her career into high. Two additional hits for Carroll were The Hungry Fire of Love and One Night of Cheatin in 1975. She recorded for RCA in 1975 and had hits with It's My Party, It's Late I Have to Go and The Morning After Baby Let me Down. She also recorded Portrait in the Wind and Hooked on a Feeling in 1978. In 1991 her song I Should Have Put a Hold on Love hit the top 20. Her U.S. appearances were on Nashville TV and TNN or the Nashville Network. In 1996 Carroll was showcased in the BBS program Carroll Baker's Country Classics. She performed in concert halls, nightclubs and at conventions. She was nominated in 1975-92 for Juno Awards' country female vocalist and received the award from 1977 to 1979. Carroll was CCMA female vocalist of the year in 1982 and 1985 and again in 1986. Carroll was known as Canada's Queen of Country Music. She went into semi-retirement in 1990, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the C.F. Martin Humanitarian Award.

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