Patti Powell was born and raised in North Georgia. She started singing professionally
in the Atlanta area, working on several television shows as well as personal appearances.
Author Wayne W. Daniel, in his book Pickin' On Peachtree, notes in his interview
with Jimmy Smart that Jimmy had a show for about a year in 1967 and 1968.
The show aired on Sunday nights and Patti was a part of the staff.
She recorded her first record while she was in Atlanta before moving to Wheeling,
West Virginia to become a part of the world famous WWVA Jamboree.
During her stay in Wheeling, she teamed up with another WWVA star, Bob Gallion,
recording several duets as well as touring together. They billed their efforts
the "Bob Gallion - Patti Powell Show". They appeared before audiences
throughout the eastern part of the United States and Canada during their
time at Wheeling. Ivan Tribe, in his book "Mountaineer Jamboree" described the style of the duets that Bob and Patti
did as "...a hard type of country duet with Gallion in the same tradition that found
duos like George Jones and Melba Montgomery or Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton appealing."
Bob Gallion passed away in August 1999.
Another highlight during the 1970s was when the Jamboree was doing special
shows. Two of these were the "Trucker's Jamboree" shows held in September 1972
and September 1973. The fans were treated to the appearances of Dick Curless,
Red Simpson, Red Sovine, Dave Dudley. Patti was a part of these shows
with her hit song, "Long Haul Widow".
Patti took some time off at that time. She then resumed her entertainment
career, making personal appearances as well as recording. A new CD of
traditional country songs was to have been released in the spring of 2003.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank Skeets Martin
for providing us with the photo along with biographical details of Patti's career.
- "Pickin' On Peachtree"; by Wayne W. Daniel;
University of Illinois Press; 1990.
- "Mountainner Jamboree"; by Ivan Tribe; University
Press of Kentucky; 1984.