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Glenn Canyon
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:22 PM

Class of 2002

When Glenn Canyon, 62, Bright, was about 15 years old, he started hitch hiking to North Vernon to play shows. He never thought about achievements such as the hall of fame, he just loved performing.

The hall committee called last year to apologize for not being able to induct him last year. He was flattered they though so much of him, said Canyon.

By the time he found out he was going to be inducted this year he already had a commitment in Nashville, Tenn., for his recently released compact disc Bright, Indiana.

Born in Moores Hill and raised in Ripley County, Canyon started playing the guitar at age nine.

"Immediately after I learned a few chords I tried to write a song ... I was always fascinated with words and songs," said Canyon.

After playing on local radio shows and outdoors venues, Canyon became part of The Western Playboys in Phoenix, Ariz. In 1963, he moved to Cincinnati and formed the country band Americanyons which had a top 10 record in One of Them There Things.

While opening a show for Conway Twitty in 1972, he was invited by the country star to come to Oklahoma City to record some of the songs he wrote with the Twitty Birds, said Canyon.

Twitty liked what he heard and signed Canyon to Twitty Bird Publishing as a writer. On Twitty's I Can't Stop Loving You album, he sings the song Candy written by Canyon. The song is also featured on Canyon's new CD, he said.

Although he recorded maybe 45 records through the years, Bright, Indiana is his first CD, he said.

The traditional country album can be purchased at the BP gas stations in Bright and Dillsboro or by contacting www.countrydiscovery music.com or Glenn Canyon, P.O. Box 40, Harrison, Ohio 45030.

*Article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, Journal-Press.