Retired Tour Director David Harrison reflects on career and returns to Owensboro


David Harrison is a man who wore several hats. During his 87 years, he worked as a tour manager, showroom manager, restaurant owner, limousine business owner, philanthropist and now restaurant host at the Red Lobster of Owensboro.

Harrison recently returned to Owensboro to be closer to his family after living in Florida for 10 years. Originally from London, England, he first moved to Owensboro to manage the Showroom Lounge at the Executive Inn Rivermont in 1984.

The Executive Inn, which closed in 2008 after 30 years in business, was a 650-room hotel with a 1,000-seat showroom, featuring shows featuring artists Wayne Newton, Frankie Avalon and The Oak Ridge Boys, among others.

Working as a showroom manager gave Harrison the opportunity to form valuable connections with the artists in the hall, which led to him becoming a tour manager for musician Lee Greenwood.

“I started out as a tour director with Lee Greenwood,” he said. “While working for Lee, we did a few shows with Kenny Rogers, and then we did a few shows with Bob Hope. “

In his role as Tour Director, Harrison was responsible for managing transportation, coordinating with venues and making sure all events ran smoothly. Harrison said he has put on more than 100 shows for musician Kenny Rogers and toured comedian Bob Hope’s US organizations abroad.

In 1982, Harrison was invited by Hope to accompany him to a dinner party at the White House, where he had the opportunity to meet President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Harrison said he has had the opportunity to meet countless celebrities and has traveled all 50 states while working as a tour director.

“All I can tell you is everyone I’ve worked for has been great,” said Harrison. “They’ve always been good to me.”

These days, David is enjoying his role as host at the Red Lobster. He said his favorite part of the job was interacting with customers.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m glad to be back in Owensboro.

Written by Jessica M. Pierce


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