Victoria started singing about the time she began to talk. She
had a song for every occasion. Being very shy, she found that
singing was a safe way to communicate. She started singing in
church at age 10, and by age 11 she was in her first band, "Vickie and
the Country Cousins". They played on local radio station WPFR
Her parents bought a piano when she was 9, and provided lessons for her and her sisters. She took lessons for a few years and learned the basics of reading and playing music, but eventually stopped playing.
She played flute for a couple of years in Junior High School. As with the piano, she didn't continue with the instrument.
She began playing guitar at age 11 because she had become a big fan of Loretta Lynn and wanted to imitate her. She played rhythm guitar and sang in many bands, and also performed as a solo act in supper clubs, bars and lounges.
Her early career was in the Terre Haute area, but after graduation her music led her to central Illinois (Effingham, Charleston, Vandalia, etc.), then to Chicago. One of her bands, "The Bossmen", was based in Chicago but played throughout the Midwest and Texas. Eventually, she returned to Terre Haute.
Vikki has performed under the surnames of Layton, Wendholt, Scott and Birchfield. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame as Vikki Scott.
Victoria performed with the following acts. Many of the dates from the 1960's and 70's are estimates:
|1963-1966||The Country Cousins|
|1966||Vickie Layton and Keith Reedy|
|1967-1969||Roy Stevens and the Cajuns|
|Mid 60's-Early 70's||Helen Ann and the Playmates|
|Mid 60's-Early 70's||Red Ryder and the Little Beavers|
|Mid 60's-Early 70's||Vikki, Sam and Vic|
|Mid 60's-Early 70's||Vickie Layton and Paul Cooper|
|Mid 60's-Early 70's||Vickie Layton and Company|
|1969-1971||Dick Neace and the Country Swingers|
|early 70's||Mel Pittler Band|
|Early 70's||Paul Lundington Band|
|1974-1976||Vikki and Brian|
|1968-2009||Vickie Layton/Vikki Scott (solo act)|
|2011-Now||Vikki and Gary|
|2016-Now||Tones of Joy|
At age 11, Vikki was playing every Saturday on local radio station
She appeared on WTWO-TV's "Johnny Stiffy and the Ranch Hands show several times while in high school.
She appeared on WTWO-TV's "Of Thee I Sing" gospel show several times while in high school.
She had a half-hour Gospel radio program on a local Christian station in the 1970's.
She was the opening act for Bill Anderson, Dottie West, Tom Paul and the Galsser Brothers, Marty Robbins, and Statesman.
She sang with Connie Smith's backing band at a local festival when Connie became ill and could not perform.
She sang on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop show after the Grand Old Opry.
She performed in an impromptu concert in Gary, IN, when Jerry Lee Lewis failed to appear for the concert.
She sang on the Midwestern Hayride with Kenny Price.
Vikki worked with children in various social/educational programs, singing with them and encouraging them to enjoy and create music.
Victoria was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class
She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016, and has the distinction of being the first female to serve on the Board.
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Last update on 19 Dec 2016