Posted by themusicsover on July 30, 2011
Trudy Stamper (Born Gertrude McClanahan)
DOB Unknown – July 30, 2011
Trudy Stamper was a country music pioneer who is perhaps best remembered for her tireless work on building the Grand Ole Opry brand. Born and raised in Nashville, Stamper moved to New York City after college in order to pursue a career on the stage. It was while back home visiting and talking up the theater scene, that she was overheard by an executive at the powerful WSM radio station and offered the chance to be one of the first female radio personalities in the United States. While at WSM, Stamper hosted a shopping program and acted in several of the station’s soap operas until eventually moving off microphone to a position in artist relations for the Grand Ole Opry. Through her New York connections, Stamper was able to bring the Opry to Carnegie Hall for two nights in 1947. The performances which included Minnie Pearl and Ernest Tubb, helped introduce the Opry and country music in general to more “cosmopolitan” audiences. She also handled Opry bookings and artist contracts for many years and eventually became the Public Relations Director for WSM and the Opry. In 1961, Stamper publicized the Opry’s second event at Carnegie Hall. That bill included Bill Monroe, Jim Reeves, Grandpa Jones, Faron Young, and one of her best friends, Patsy Cline. She retired from the music business in 1964. Trudy Stamper was 94 when she passed away on July 30, 2011.
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Posted by themusicsover on January 25, 2011
March 6, 1938 – January 25, 2011
Buddy Charleton was a highly respected steel guitar player who is perhaps best remembered for his days playing in Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours. Charleton was just 23 when he began playing with Tubb, and he would continue to perform live and on record with his band until 1973. He then went on to become a sought-after instructor and session player for the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Reba McIntire. Buddy Charleton was 72 when he passed away on January 25, 2011. He had been battling lung cancer.
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Posted by themusicsover on June 12, 2010
December 13, 1901 – June 12, 1960
Eli Oberstein was a successful record producer and label executive during the early part of the 20th century. He went to work for Victor Records as a salesman during the ’20s and by the early 30s, he was running his own Crown Records. He also helped for the legendary Bluebird Records. As a producer, Oberstein helped create hits for the likes of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Ernest Tubb and Bill Monroe. In 1936, he became head of A&R at Victor and Bluebird Records and was instrumental in bringing Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw to the label. During the latter part of his life, Oberstein worked at numerous labels, including RCA and Columbia. He passed away at the age of 58. He may or may not be related to Joel Oberstein.
Posted in Bluegrass, Country, Jazz, Producer, Record Label | Tagged: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Bill Monroe, Eli Oberstein, Ernest Tubb, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on March 8, 2010
Carl Stuart Hamblen
October 20, 1908 – March 8, 1989
Stuart Hamblen was country singer and songwriter who later turned to making Christian music. When he became a singing cowboy during the mid ’20s, he was one of the genre’s earliest stars. Having his own radio show from 1931 to 1952 certainly helped him achieve fame. When he transitioned from radio to film, he worked alongside the likes of John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. As a songwriter, his biggest hits were “Open Up Your Heart (And Let The Sunshine In),” and “It’s No Secret.” The former was sung by Pebbles and Bam Bam in a Flintstones episode, while the latter was covered by Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, and Ernest Tubb to name a few. Hamblen later became involved in politics, ultimately running for president against Dwight Eisenhower on the Prohibition Party ticket in 1952. Stuart Hamblen was 81 when he passed away on March 8, 1989.
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Posted by themusicsover on September 6, 2009
February 9, 1914 – September 6, 1984
Ernest Tubb was one of country music’s greatest pioneers. With a career that spanned almost 50 years, Tubb ushered in what would be called “honky tonk” with his 1941 hit, “Walking The Floor Over You.” The son of a sharecropper, Tubb spent much of his youth working the fields of Texas, learning to sing and play the guitar during his off hours. His early music jobs consisted of singing at radio stations in San Antonio and San Angelo, Texas. In the mid ’30s, he struck up a friendship with the widow of Jimmie Rodgers, one of his all-time idols. It was she that helped him get his first deal with RCA Records. Tubb was never accused of having the best singing voice, but he certainly put together some of the greatest bands country music has ever known. 1n 1947, Tubb opened Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville. That store, along with locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Fort Worth, Texas are still thriving businesses, catering mostly to the classic country fan. Ernest Tubb died of empysema at the age of 70.
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