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Sally Vaughn received a lifetime achievement award!

Lifetime Achievement Award to Sally Vaughn -  ltr: Frans Swart, Sally Vaughn and Lance James
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Frans Swart, CEO of Lefra Productions and Lance James presented Sally Vaughn with a lifetime achievement award on Saturday evening at the Country Spectacular Show at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena for her tremendous contribution to Country Music in South Africa.

In 1983 Sally Vaughn earned a Sarie award with her songs: ”The Teddy Bear Song” and “With You” on her album “Mama Country” as “Best Female Country Singer”.

By this time she was already known as “Mama Country”, a title bestowed on her by Lance James.  Lance decided to present Sally’s rendition of “Glory Glory Hallelujah” to the American Country Music Association,  and shortly thereafter Sally was invited to visit the USA.

In June 1984 Sally performed in Nashville,  Tennessee,  at the Annual Country Awards and received a standing ovation for her songs “Glory Glory  Hallelujah” and “Somewhere Between”.  She was invited as one of the lead performers a year later and again received a standing ovation.

In 1989 Sally Vaughn,  Lance James,  Clive Bruce,  Billy Forrest and Joanna Field began the group ”Over The Hillbillies”, and released five albums.

Some of Sally’s greatest hits are”Glory Glory Hallelujah”,  “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You”,  “Your Old Love Letters”,  “Somewhere Between”, ”Special Angel”, ”A Simple Goodbye”,  “Piece Of My Heart”,  ”He Talks To Me”,  “If I Give My Heart To You”, ”When Old Flames Burn Blue”,  “Weep No More”, ”Daddy’s Hands”, ”Tammy” and many more.

By handing over the Award, Frans Swart, said he has the utmost respect for Miss Sally Vaughn.  “She is a wonderful talented singer and earned international recognition.  She is very naughty and I just love her sense of humor.”  Lance James added by saying that him and Sally toured together for years.  “If somebody earned this award, it is Sally.  She is a wonderful person, very talented and somebody who I have the utmost respect.”

ADDRESS BY FRANS SWART, CEO OF LEFRA PRODUCTIONS, AT THE HANDING OVER OF THE LIFETIME AWARD PRESENTED TO SALLY VAUGHN AT THE COUNTRY SPECTACULAR – CARNIVAL CITY (BIG TOP ARENA) 18 JUNE 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen it is indeed an honour for me to call Ms Sally Vaughn to the Stage.

Frans Swart and Sally Vaughn

It is indeed an honour tonight to hand over a lifetime achievement award to Ms Sally Vaughn, the Mama Country of South African Country Music for her tremendous and ongoing contribution to Country Music in South Africa

I was a very young pip squeak cameraman at the SABC – also working on Bobby Angel’s Gentle on my mind. That was the first time I met Sally Vaughn. I immediately realized that this lady had a tremendous voice. Over the years I did a number of shows with Sally and what I remember the most is Sally’s Sense of Humour. Sometimes lekker naughty – but that is what we are!

Sally’s CV read like a book! We all know Sally Vaughn very well. Here are a few highlights. In 1983 Sally earned a Sarie award with her songs: ”The Teddy Bear Song” and “With You” on her album “Mama Country” as “Best Female Country Singer”.

By this time she was already known as “Mama Country”, a title bestowed on her by Lance James. Lance decided to present Sally’s rendition of “Glory Glory Hallelujah” to the American Country Music Association, and shortly thereafter Sally was invited to visit the USA.

In June 1984 Sally performed in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Annual Country Awards and received a standing ovation for her songs “Glory Glory Hallelujah” and “Somewhere Between”. She was invited as one of the lead performers a year later and again received a standing ovation.

In 1989 Sally Vaughn, Lance James, Clive Bruce, Billy Forrest and Joanna Field began the group ”Over The Hillbillies”, and released five albums.

Some of Sally’s greatest hits are”Glory Glory Hallelujah”, “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You”, “Your Old Love Letters”, “Somewhere Between”, ”Special Angel”, ”A Simple Goodbye”, “Piece Of My Heart”, ”He Talks To Me”, “If I Give My Heart To You”, ”When Old Flames Burn Blue”, “Weep No More”, ”Daddy’s Hands”, ”Tammy” and many more.

Ladies and Gentlemen – I would like to call upon Mr Lance James to say a few words as well.

Frans Swart Sally Vaughn Lance James

Ladies and Gentlemen it is now my honour to hand over this special Lifetime Achievement Award to Miss Sally Vaughn. And Miss Sally, by giving you this award, we say thank you and on behalf of all the Country Fans in South Africa – we salute you for what you have done for Country Music in South Africa – Miss Sally Vaughn!

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