Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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Musical History of Victoria "Vikki" Birchfield

Musical Influences 

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 every Saturday.

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.

Musical Career

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
1973-1974 Tunda
1974-1976 Night Shift
1974-1976 Vikki and Brian
1976-1982 The Bossmen
1979 Beats Walking
1982 Crosstown Express
1968-2009 Vickie Layton/Vikki Scott (solo act)
2011-Now Vikki and Gary
2016-Now Tones of Joy

Memorable Moments

At age 11, Vikki was playing every Saturday on local radio station WPFR.

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.

Hall of Fame

Victoria was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2010.

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