(June 17, 1910-September 19, 1968)
Born in Blue Lick, Kentucky
Birth name was Clyde Julian Foley
Recorded the singles 'Old Shep' (1935), 'Smoke on the Water' (1944), 'Shame on You' (with Lawrence Welk, 1945), 'At Mail Call Today' (with Welk, 1945), 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You' (1946), 'New Joilie Blonde' (1947), 'Freight Train Boogie' (1947), 'Never Trust a Woman' (1947), 'Tennessee Saturday Night' (1948), 'Candy Kisses' (1949), 'Tennessee Border' (1949), 'Tennessee Border No. 2' (with Ernest Tubb, 1949), 'Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy' (1950), 'Sugarfoot Rag' (1950), 'Birmingham Bounce' (1950), 'Mississippi' (1950), 'Goodnight Irene' (with Tubb, 1950), 'Hot Rod Race' (1951), '(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)' (1951), 'Midnight' (1952), 'One by One' (with Kitty Wells, 1954), 'Hearts of Stone' (1955) and 'A Satisfied Mind' (with Betty Foley, 1955)
Member of the Grand Ole Oprey (1946-54)
Hosted the TV show 'Ozark Jubilee' (1954-60)
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1967)
Father-in-law of Pat Boone
Grandfather of Debbie Boone
Why he might be annoying
Before going solo, he was the male half of an act called 'Lulu Belle and Burr Head.'
He briefly tried for a movie career as a singing cowboy (1941).
Perhaps to burnish his cowboy credentials, he changed his place of birth to New Mexico.
His second wife committed suicide after discovering his affair with the woman who became his third wife (1951).
One of his nicknames was 'the Barnyard Bing Crosby.'
Why he might not be annoying
His first wife died in childbirth (1933).
He was one of the first country singers to regularly cross over, with 'Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy' hitting #1 on both the country and pop charts.
He lobbied to get 'Billboard' and other entertainment magazines to replace 'hillbilly' with the less derisory term 'country.'
He sang at Harry S Truman's inaugural ball (1949).
His recording of '(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)' was one of the first gospel songs to sell a million singles and was added the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for recordings and television.
Credit: C. Fishel
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