THE MUSIC===THE LEGEND===THE LADY==
CANADA'S FIRST LADY===== OF COUNTRY MUSIC
THE PERFORMANCE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
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Carroll Baker was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia March 4th, 1949 and grew up in Port Medway a small picturesque fishing village on Nova Scotia's South West Shore.
She was the last child born to Gordon and Iverna Baker. She had 5 siblings, 3 brothers, Fordan, Truman and Willis, and 2 sisters, Barbara and Rosemary.
The family was not unlike other families in the small fishing village, getting by with just the basics in life not being able to afford things that weren't necessary. The one indulgence was a Television set the family would gather around and watch special shows together. So thrilled with this "new" addition to their home, Carroll often laughs about watching shows in French even though she didn't understand what the characters were saying. Life was simple and uncomplicated, and though lacking in the"so called finer things in life," the most important element was plentiful and it didn't cost a dime. LOVE!
Carroll attended elementary school in Port Medway and Mill Village, and Highschool in Liverpool. She excelled in English, French, ( must have been all those French shows on TV) Geography, Science and Art. By the time she entered High School, she was the only child living at home, as her brothers and sisters had all moved away to Ontario. Her mother missed the rest of her children and she and Carroll would sometimes visit them in Oakville where her siblings lived. On one visit, they were joined by Carroll's father and that visit would change the way she had been living her life and most probably was the beginning of a life she would never have imagined in her wildest dreams.
It was on that visit that her father who built fishing boats and sail boats in his spare time was visiting Metro Marine, (The Bronte Yacht Club). Through a twist of fate, he was offered a job by the owner to manage Metro Marine but in doing so he would have to quit his job with Irving Oil building Breakwaters, Wharfs, and Ferry Slips. It was a stable and decent paying job and provided a better lifestyle for Carroll, her Mother and Father. A Mother's love however is a strong emotion, and no doubt her Father was missing the rest of his children as well, so through some coaxing, the decision was made Her Father accepted the Managerial Position, and back home they went to close up their home, and giving notice to leave his present position at Irving Oil when he had finished his obligatory contract.
In 1965, Carroll, her Mother and Father moved to Oakville, lived in a rental home and everyone seemed so happy to be all together. Carroll unfortunately found out that things were not at all like home in Port Medway, and she found herself much too shy to even attend Highschool. She convinced her parents to let her get a job instead of finishing her education. To this day she says it was one of the biggest mistakes she ever made.
She worked at various jobs, a bookstore, a factory, a restaurant, and Canadian Tire.
In 1966 she met a handsome Frenchman, John Beaulieu, (that French paid off ) and fell in love. They dated for a year, got engaged and were married April 20th 1968 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church.
Carroll was now employed as a cashier at a Loblaw's Grocery store and she and John lived in a small but comfortable apartment in downtown Oakville.
In 1969 they were invited to go to a bar in Oakville, The Halton Hotel, where one of her friends told the band that Carroll sang and they should get her up to do a song. Carroll had no idea about this so when she heard her name to go up and sing, she was speechless and scared to death. She was also underage and the thought of getting caught in a bar by the police was indeed a most scary aspect. Her husband encouraged her, so she accepted the invitation and sang "Stand By Your Man." The rest they say is history. The band invited her to join them every weekend and on one of those weekends a man named Roger Burke, who was a musician asked her if she would be interested in doing a Jamboree near Markham Ontario called The Hayloft Jamboree. It was at that Jamboree where George Petralia, a sculptor heard her sing and convinced both she and her husband to go to Thunder Bay with him to make a record.
In July of 1970 Carroll, John, George, his wife and family drove to Thunder Bay where she met Don Grashey and Chuck Williams. Grashey produced her first recordings in Thunder Bay until 1972 at which time he decided to take her to Nashville to record her first session there. That recording session took place at the famed RCA B Recording Studio where all the greats had record