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We regret to inform you that on July 4th, 2005 at approx. 6:45pm, country music legend, Rockabilly Hall of Famer, and Celebrity Direct Entertainment artist, Big Al Downing, passed away from complications stemming from Leukemia. We are very thankful for the opportunity to work with Big Al over the past couple of years as manager, booking agent, and friends. Please keep his family in your prayers. Big Al's music and warm personality shall surely live on forever!
For all of Big Al's fans, a special treat he would want you to hear. Click this link below to see a video of a previously unreleased song, Grand Reunion. This was originally only offered to a select few XM Radio radio listeners. Please listed to the words, and forever enjoy Big Al's music.
Please contact us if you have any old (or new) videos, photos, audio, etc., that might be available. big al@celebritydirect.net

Al Downing 1940-2005 
Entertainer Big Al Downing Passes Away July 4

Nashville, TN (July 5, 2005) -- Big Al Downing died Monday, July 4, at approximately 6:45 p.m. with his family at his side. The legendary country-soul entertainer, hospitalized last week with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was 65. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Beverly; four step-sons, Michael Melanson of Hyannis, MA; Peter Melanson of Oakam, MA; Steven Melanson of New Hampshire; Jeffrey Melanson of Leicester, MA; son Jason Downing of Woodbridge, VA; five brothers, Donald Downing of Oxonhill, MD; Clay, Marvin and Sylvester Downing of Coffeeville, KS, and James Downing of Sand Springs, OK; five grandchildren, Kara Hazelton; David, Jacki, Lindsey and Alyssa Melanson. He is pre- deceased by six brothers and two sisters. 

A member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Downing began his five-decade career as the keyboard player in Wanda Jackson's "Let's Have A Party" band. As a solo performer, he enjoyed success as a songwriter, musician and entertainer. His songs were recorded by Fats Domino, Bobby Blue Bland, Tom Jones and most currently, Webb Wilder. A recipient of Billboard's New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year in 1979, his lengthy career is a testament to his many talents. In 2003, he released the critically-acclaimed CD, ONE OF A KIND, and was recording tracks for an upcoming project when illness overcame him.

Al's most recent public performance was on the Grand Ole Opry in May, where he performed one of his biggest hits, "Mr. Jones," for an appreciative crowd. Also known for his releases, "Down On The Farm," and "Touch Me," Downing's impact on the country genre is far-reaching, and his music - and big heart - touched millions. "The rewards," he once said of his career, "have been many." 

Friday, July 8, 5-8 p.m. at the J. Henri Morin & Son Funeral Home-- 23 Maple Terrace, Spencer, MA -- (508)885-3992 

Funeral Service:
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church -- 7 Church St., Spencer, MA -- (508)885-3806 
Friends and Family will gather after the service at the Downing residence in Leicester.

Country legend ‘Big’ Al Downing dies at 65
Singer-songwriter also had success in R&B, rock, disco

 "Big" Al Downing, a singer-songwriter and pianist who had success in country, rockabilly, R&B, rock-n-roll and even disco, died Monday in Massachusetts after suffering from leukemia. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - “Big” Al Downing, a singer-songwriter and pianist who had success in country, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll and even disco, died Monday after suffering from leukemia. He was 65.

Downing, of Leicester, Mass., was hospitalized last week and died in Massachusetts, his publicist Martha Moore said Tuesday.

He was one of the few successful black country artists.

Downing began his career as a keyboard player in rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson’s band, performing on Jackson’s biggest hit, “Let’s Have a Party.”

As a solo artist, he and his band the Chartbusters were on the charts with two rock songs in 1964. A soul duet with Little Esther Phillips made the charts in 1963, and a disco record charted in 1975, according to the Country Music Association’s Encyclopedia of Country Music.

Downing, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, performed “Mr. Jones” on the Grand Ole Opry in May.

Over the years, his songs were recorded by Fats Domino, Bobby Blue Bland, Tom Jones and Webb Wilder.

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Celebrity Direct Entertainment is proud to announce exclusive management of the world-reknown Big Al Downing! Best known for his hits, "Mr. Jones" and "Touch Me," and as a recipient of Billboard's New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year Awards (1979), Big Al Downing's five-decade career is still going strong. A member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry, Downing also was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and has appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Band Stand televisions programs. Big Al has entertained audiences in the US, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, England, France, Holland, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.

By selecting the links on the left-hand side of this page, you'll be able to catch up on all the latest happenings, read up on his amazing history, and make personal contact with Big Al himself. Feel free to view the many video files here, or select a sample audio file from one of his many albums over the years. Of course you can also purchase your favorite memorabilia, read his rave reviews, view countless photographs, and find out how to book this timeless legend for your event. Just click a link to the left to begin the fun, and make sure to contact us if we can help you in any way!

** Please note that this website is the only official, authorized, website for Big Al Downing, and the only authorized outlet for Big Al Downing memorabilia and merchandise on the internet.

Big Al performing at the Havelock Country 
Jamboree in Canada

New Team: Jim Osburn, Al Downing, 
and Cord Coslor make it official!

June 29, 2005 - Just wanted to let all of Big Al's fans know that Big Al Downing has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia, and is currently being hospitalized. We ask you to keep Mr. Downing and his family in your prayers. Well wishes, etc. may be sent to the following: BIG AL DOWNING - C/O CELEBRITY DIRECT ENTERTAINMENT - PO BOX 494314 - PORT CHARLOTTE, FL 33949 or e-mailed to: downing@celebritydirect.net

February 27, 2005 - NEW CD's ADDED TO MERCHANDISE PAGE! We've added two new CDs to Big Al's merchandise offerings, including My Personal Favorites vol 1, and My Personal Favorites vol. 2.  As the titles infer, these are some of Big Al's favorites over the years, including his country classics from the 70s and 80s, Rockabilly favorites from the 1950s and 60s, and FIVE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TITLES! Click the merchandise page to order yours today! Don't forget, his newest album "One of A Kind" is also available there! 

Feb 2, 2005 - Big Al is back at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville! Check the tour schedule page for full details!

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