Big Al had one of the most original careers in show business, he was made for something special in this life.. However, he is one of a few black performers to successfully master the musical spectrum of Disco, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Gospel and Country. He became one of the country's most prominent African American country artists. During his five decade legendary career, Al had 15 songs that made Billboard's Top 100 country music chart, including three that reached the Top 20, and he appeared on hundreds of records. Big Al's impact on the country genre is far-reaching as his music, a soul-based "True" country sound, won this veteran songwriter, musician and performer, fans around the globe. He appeared several times on Hee Haw and was a favorite on Nashville Now. He performed frequently at the Grand Ole Opry and has been inducted into several music hall-of-fames, most notable the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. As a devoted entertainer, Big Al would perform over 75 key dates per year, and appeared at Ontario's prestigious Havelock Country Jamboree with Kenny Rogers and Roy Clark. From Germany to England, from Canada to Switzerland and the whole USA, millions knew and loved to watch the "Big Al Downing Show". As far away as the Virgin Islands and Australia the "Big Al Downing Show" was the act to see. I'm pretty sure his show has never ended. His legacy lives on thru his music and will be passed down from generation to generation. Big Al's impact runs deep in his family roots and there is something telling me that, THE SHOW MUST CONTINUE.