45th Annual Country Music Show Toy Drive for Toys for Tots Dec. 7

By Susan Johnson
Copy Editor

Again for the 45th year, organizer Gary Mullis of DeKalb, Illinois, will do his Country Music Show Toy Drive from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7. Location is the Feed ’Em Soup building, 122 S. First St., DeKalb, across the street from Walgreens. Admission will be a new, unwrapped toy to go to the Salvation Army for needy children for Christmas.

Organizer Mullis will be singing as well as the King Brothers’ Gospel Group, John Thron Bluegrass Band, Dale and Diane Reints Bluegrass Gospel, and others. In addition to the bluegrass and gospel music, Christmas songs will be performed. Once again, Gary will sing his hit song, “Doing the Christmas Boogie”.

MC will be Brian Adams of B95 radio.

Mullis began this charitable work in December 1970 in Cortland, Illinois, at the Cortland Town Hall and has continued it ever since. Mullis is a songwriter who has entered his songs in songwriting contests in Lexington, Alabama, every year and has won many Platinum and Gold records for his songs.

May 31, 2014, Mullis and the late Skeeter Davis, star of the Grand Ole Opry, were both inducted into the VIP Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum in Lexington. Gary had three songs in the Top 10, a No. 1 hit song in the Australian Indie radio charts (“You Are My Lord and Savior”), a No. 6 hit song (“A Time to Cry”) and a No. 9 hit song (“Hank Williams Recitation”).

From the Dec. 3-9, 2014, issue

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