Known as “The Travelling Balladeer”, Stu Phillips began his career singing on amateur radio shows in Montreal and Verdun, eventually working his way west and appearing at rodeos and carnivals.
During the 1950s, he was a radio announcer-singer at radio stations in Edmonton, Vernon and Calgary. His position as a radio announcer led to other jobs, including producer, engineer, and disc jockey.
Phillips began his television career in the mid-1950s on CHCT-TV in Calgary, also appearing on CBC TV’s “The Outrider”, and succeeded Stu Davis as the host of CBC-TV’s “Red River Jamboree”.
After moving to Nashville and enjoying success as an RCA recording artist, Stu was invited to become a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry in 1967 and remains a member to this date.
Stu Phillips had several international hits including, ‘Bracero’, ‘The Great El Tigre’, ‘Vin Rosé’ and ‘Juanita Jones’.
Phillips continues to perform in the Nashville area, where he is an ordained minister and operates a winery. His early Canadiana songs recorded on the Banff/Rodeo label have since been re-issued on several CDs by Bear Family Records.