Business 40 bridge dedicated to country star, NC native

Bridge on I-40 in Winston-Salem was dedicated to country star George Hamilton IV. (WXII)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —A heavily-used bridge on Business 40 now bears the name of a late country music star and Winston-Salem native.

George Hamilton IV at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. (Wikipedia)
George Hamilton IV at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. (Wikipedia)

The George Hamilton IV Bridge is located over Salem Avenue and Research Parkway near the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The bridge. Tens of thousands of vehicles pass over the bridge each day.

Known as the International Ambassador of Country Music, Hamilton died on September 19, 2014. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee’s hits include “Abeline”, “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” and “Before this Day Ends.” He started his career in the 1950s as a rock ‘n roll teen idol but switched to country in the early 1960s.

Hamilton was born in Winston-Salem and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The dedication took place Tuesday morning in a parking lot at the Innovation Quarter. Hamilton’s eldest son Peyton was among the attendees.

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