GARY FAIRBURN & DONNA MOON (1995 Inductees)

Gary Fairburn began his career in the early 60’s, guesting with the legendary Happy Wanderers, who appeared regularly on CJOH-TV and radio station CFRA. A talented guitarist and vocalist, Gary "tore up" the Ottawa Valley, making music with the Silver Fox, Ron McMunn. In 1974, with Ray Griff producing the session, Gary recorded "Neon Lady" and "Don’t Cry Blue". At that session, he met members of Donna Moon’s band. He moved to Toronto, fronted her show, and they were married that November.

Donna was born in Madoc, Ontario and was known affectionately as "The Moon of Madoc". She began singing when she was 14 at the Lakehead Barndance in Peterborough. Her first single on Marathon Records, "Bittersweet" shot to #2 across Canada in 1973. She had other big hits with "Baby and Me" and "Let Me Be There". Juno nominations and regular television appearances quickly followed. Donna became a frequent guest on the George Hamilton IV show, CBC’s Tommy Hunter Show, and CBC Countrytime out of Halifax.

Gary and Donna started promoting country music shows in Ottawa and the Valley in 1985. It was then that they formed a long-lasting friendship with Charlie Walker, one of the starts on the Grand Ole Opry. The friendship led to the three of them recording together. Gary and Donna have also made several appearances on WSM Radio’s Midnight Jamboree from Nashville’s Ernest Tubb Record Shop. They have three children, John, Jennifer and Stephanie, and the two girls have carried on the musical tradition of their parents.

In 1992, Gary and Donna opened the Nashville Palace in Vanier (later called the Music City Bar and Grill), and it became a capital country music landmark. They both continue to perform, and Gary also operates Music City Productions, promoting shows with Canadian talent and stars of the Grand Ole Opry.


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