1970’s icon Barry Williams to perform Bojangles’ Southern 500 national anthem

August 1, 2016

Williams’ performance, teamed with KANSAS concert, make Darlington Raceway’s pre-race ceremonies a true throwback celebration of the 1975-84 time period

Barry Williams, the 1970’s television star who most famously played Greg Brady in the hit series The Brady Bunch, will join Darlington Raceway’s throwback celebration on Labor Day weekend.

Williams, who currently stars in the 70s Music Celebration! in Branson, MO., will perform the National Anthem live on NBC for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 4.

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“As a fan of NASCAR, I am honored to participate in the Bojangles’  Southern 500 throwback race at Darlington Raceway as the National  Anthem performer,” Williams said. “I’ve done many performances  in my career and I can’t think of a more patriotic way to celebrate an  era that is so special.”

Williams has had an extensive career, starring in hundreds of productions in television, movies, and Broadway. He made appearances in several Television shows including Dragnet, Adam-  12, It Takes a Thief, The Invaders, That Girl, Mission: Impossible,  The Mod Squad and Here Comes the Brides before landing his role as Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. For his role as Greg Brady, he won the Young Artist Foundation Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1989.

He embraced his role and has appeared in various Brady Bunch TV movie reunions including A Very Brady Christmas, The Brady Brides and Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

Barry wrote his autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg, which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. Williams was executive producer when the book was made into a NBC TV movie. He spent five years as a DJ on SIRIUS RADIO, has recorded several CD’s and in 2013 Starred in the Syfy Channel’s made for television movie Bigfoot with Danny Bonaduce. Williams also wrote, co-produced and starred in three USO Christmas Shows, touring the world and bringing entertainment to our troops.

The 70s Music Celebration! is an award-winning variety show that is one of Branson’s most popular in 2016.

“Barry Williams is an American television icon who is a perfect fit for our throwback celebration,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “His role as Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch is well known, but he is still a very active performer and singer in Branson today. His rendition of the Star Spangled Banner is sure to be popular with our fans.”

Williams’ anthem performance adds yet another element to already exciting pre-race festivities celebrating the 1975-84 era of the sport. He will join legendary rock band KANSAS, who will be performing the pre-race concert for the 67th running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Fans have the exclusive opportunity to watch the KANSAS concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers as they are introduced to the crowd. 

The Tradition Continues on Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set forSunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Fans unable to attend in-person can catch all the action live on NBC, NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook atFacebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at #TraditionContinues, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.


Darlington Raceway has been recognized by the following:

  • 2016 SportsBusiness Journal “Sports Event of the Year” Nominee
  • 2015 NMPA Myers Brothers Award
  • 2015 NASCAR Marketing Team of the Year
  • 2015 NASCAR Track PR Representative of the Year (Dennis Worden)
  • 2015 Community Pride Award (presented by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce)