COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If you were a country fan in the 50's, 60's and 70's, you must know Leroy Van Dyke.
He's sold millions of albums throughout his entire career. He has topped the country music charts with hits like "Walk On By" and "The Auctioneer."
Now he's getting ready to take people in our area down memory lane with his Country Gold Tour, held at the Columbus RiverCenter on Thursday, Sept. 18.
We welcomed him to our studio earlier that day to discuss his career and upcoming performance.
"The Country Gold Tour by definition is a tour of classic country performers that have had million sellers or their massive television exposure, or they're just so good you can't ignore them," he explained to us.
He said the artists performing with him include Steve and Rudy from the Gatlin Brothers, Helen Cornelius, and Jimmy Fortune formerly of the Statler Brothers.
"We're going to have a great time," he said. "It will be classic country, we'll have our hair combed, we won't be wearing holey blue jeans."
Van Dyke said he credits the longevity of his career to determination and a strong work ethic.
"I've been doing this 58 years, I've never missed a show," he said. "It's work ethic and liking what we do for a living. That's the secret of it. No drinking, no drugs, and no smoking."
He said they are not working on any new projects at the moment.
"We've done about everything there is to do, and some of them twice," he laughed. "We've done movies and television and radio and all that stuff, so it's more of the same. We still follow the same procedure of being on time and ready to do a show. It's a professional show, different from any type of show you've seen. Everything is organized, timed down to the last minute like it's supposed to be. No surprises except that it's faster moving, more professional show than most people figure."