Leroy Van Dyke At Grand Ole Opry
Best known for his 1956 hit “The Auctioneer” and 1961 hit “Walk On By,” Leroy Van Dyke is an American country music singer born in Mora, Missouri in 1929.
In over 50 years, Leroy has recorded more than 500 songs, dozens of them making the charts. In 1956, he was catapulted into country music fame with his composition “The Auctioneer,” co-written with Buddy Black, which sold over 2.5 million records. He wrote the song about the life of his cousin Ray Sims, who was a National Auctioneers Association Hall of Famer. In the late 1950s, Leroy was cast in ABC’s Ozark Jubilee, and was co-host with Bill Mack of the Southern Baptist Radio’s Country Crossroads show for ten years. It was the most widely syndicated radio show in country music history.
In 1961, his record “Walk On By” was released and named by Billboard magazine in 1994 as the biggest country single of all time, based on sales, plays, and weeks on the chart – it stayed at Number 1 in the U.S. country chart for 19 weeks, and in all charted for 42 weeks, also reading Number 5 on the pop listings. It sold more than 1.5 million copies.
Now, Leroy continues a full performance schedule, traveling from his home near Sedalia, Missouri to shows. His wife Gladys manages all aspects of Leroy Van Dyke Enterprises, and their son Ben plays lead guitar in all of Leroy’s performances.