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Carrol Sammons is a true Texas celebrity

 
Carrol Sammons is a true Texas celebrity
Carrol Sammons

Carrol Sammons, founder and leader of the “Circle C Band,” was inducted into the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame during the South Texas Opry held Jan. 16 in Corpus Christi.

Carrol, a lifelong Texan, was born in Wilson County in 1932, and began performing in his teens with his older cousins after they gave him his first guitar. After graduating from high school in 1951 and playing professionally for a couple of years, Carrol later formed the “Circle C Band,” and played for countless local musicians as well as popular celebrities, including Johnny Horton, Hank Williams Sr., Kenny Price, Willie Nelson, Charlie Walker, and countless others. In the industry, Carrol is known as a versatile guitar player, precise in his playing.

Carrol collaborated with other band members to write many songs. One song, “Wasted Love,” recorded in 1959, went to No. 2 on the California charts. His records are now considered collectors’ items and some can still be found on compilation albums, such as on the Bear Family Complete D Singles Collection.

A hard-working Texan, family man, and musician, he keeps folks happy on the dance floor, providing top-quality entertainment, Texas-style. Carrol and his wife, Avanette, were married for 45 years before she died in 1998. Together, they have two children, a daughter, Pamela, and a son, Terry. He’s an avid deer hunter and wildlife manager, living on property in Texas owned by his family for generations.

Retired from his band since February 2012 due to hearing loss, Carrol still regularly plays with local musicians of all levels for the sheer pleasure of it. His fingers just seem to know what to do.

 
 
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