Category 1944

The Talented Tennessee Ernie Ford Part Two

The Talented Tennessee Ernie Ford Part Two

Personal life


Ernie and Betty Ford at home in 1962.
Ford was married to Betty Heminger from September 18, 1942, until her death on February 26, 1989; they had two sons – Jeffrey Buckner “Buck” Ford (born January 6, 1950) and Brion Leonard Ford (born September 3, 1952 in San Gabriel, California – died October 24, 2008 in White House, Tennessee, of lung cancer at age 56).
Less than four months after Betty’s death, Ford married again. On September 28, 1991, he fell into severe liver failure at Dulles Airport, shortly after leaving a state dinner at the White House hosted by then President George H. W. Bush. Ford died in H. C. A...

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The Talented Brenda Lee Part Three

The Talented Brenda Lee Part Three

Family

Although Lee’s songs often centered on lost loves, her 1963 marriage to Ronnie Shacklett has endured the years. He was able to deal with the music industry and is credited with ensuring her long-term financial success. They have two daughters, Jolie and Julie (named after Patsy Cline’s daughter), and three grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan and Charley.
Lee is also the cousin of singer Dave Rainwater from the New Christy Minstrels.

Recognition

Lee reached the final ballot for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and 2001 without being inducted, but was voted into the hall for 2002.
Celebrating over 50 years as a recording artist, in September 2006 she was the second recipient of the Jo Meador-Walker Lifetime Achievement award by the Sou...

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The Talented Bettye Swann

The Talented Bettye Swann

Bettye Swann
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Betty Barton (born Betty Jean Champion, October 24, 1944), better known by the stage name Bettye Swann, is a retired American singer. She is best known for her 1967 hit song “Make Me Yours”.
Bettye Swan
Birth name
Betty Jean Champion
Also known as
Betty Barton
Born
October 24, 1944 (age 72)
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Occupation
Singer
Years active
1964-1980

Career

She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, one of 14 children. She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. Although some sources state that she was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.
In 1964, she started a solo sing...

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The Talented Brenda Lee Part Two

The Talented Brenda Lee Part Two

Biggest hits: 1958–1966


Brenda Lee in 1965
Lee achieved her biggest success on the pop charts in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s with rockabilly and rock and roll-styled songs. Her biggest hits included “Jambalaya”, “Sweet Nothin’s” (No. 4, written by country musician Ronnie Self), “I Want to Be Wanted” (No. 1), “All Alone Am I” (No. 3) and “Fool #1” (No. 3). She had more hits with the more pop-based songs “That’s All You Gotta Do” (No. 6), “Emotions” (No. 7), “You Can Depend on Me” (No. 6), “Dum Dum” (No. 4), 1962’s “Break It to Me Gently” (No. 2), “Everybody Loves Me But You” (No. 6), and “As Usual” (No. 12)...

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The Talented George McCrae

The Talented George McCrae

George McCrae

George Warren McCrae, Jr. (born October 19, 1944) is an American soul and disco singer, most famous for his 1974 hit “Rock Your Baby”.
George McCrae

McCrae at the 2015 Miami International Film Festival
Background information
Birth name
George Warren McCrae, Jr.
Born
October 19, 1944 (age 72)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Soul, disco
Occupation
Singer
Instruments
Vocals
Years active
1963-present
Labels
Alston, TK, RCA, Jayboy, President
Associated acts
Gwen McCrae
KC and the Sunshine Band
Website
Georgemccrae.com

Biography

McCrae was the second of nine children, born in West Palm Beach, Florida. He formed his own singing group, the Jivin’ Jets, before joining the United States Navy in 1963...

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The Talented Brenda Lee Part One

The Talented Brenda Lee Part One

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley, December 11, 1944) is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is perhaps best known in the United States for her 1960 hit “I’m Sorry”, and 1958’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, a United States holiday standard for almost 60 years.
Brenda Lee

Lee in 1977
Background information
Birth name
Brenda Mae Tarpley
Born
December 11, 1944 (age 72)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Genres
Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, gospel
Occupation
Singer
Years active
1955–present
Labels
Decca (1959–1969...

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The Talented John Entwistle Part Three

The Talented John Entwistle Part Three

Songwriting

While Townshend emerged as the Who’s songwriter-in-chief, Entwistle began making distinctive contributions to the band’s catalogue, beginning with “Whiskey Man” and “Boris the Spider” on the A Quick One album in 1966, continuing with “Doctor, Doctor” and “Someone’s Coming” (1967); “Silas Stingy”, “Heinz Baked Beans” and “Medac” from The Who Sell Out (1967); “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” (1968); and “Heaven And Hell”, with which the Who opened their live shows between 1968 and 1970. Entwistle wrote “Cousin Kevin” and “Fiddle About” for the Who’s 1969 album Tommy because Pete Townshend had specifically requested Entwistle to write ‘nasty songs’ that he felt uncomfortable with...

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The Talented Denny Laine

The Talented Denny Laine

Denny Laine

Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Hines, 29 October 1944) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was an original member of the Moody Blues, singing the band’s first hit “Go Now” in 1964, and was a member of Wings with Paul McCartney from 1971 to 1981.
Denny Laine

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Denny Laine on stage with Wings in 1976
Background information
Birth name
Brian Frederick Hines
Also known as
Denny Laine
Born
29 October 1944 (age 72)
Origin
Birmingham, England
Genres
* Rock and roll blues-rock R&B jazz fusion
Occupations
* Singer-songwriter musician
Instruments
* Guitar keyboards bass harmonica vocals
Years active
1957–present
Labels
* Decca Wizard Reprise EMI Arista Takoma Scratch President Griffin Globa...

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The Talented John Entwistle Part Two

The Talented John Entwistle Part Two

Solo career

In 1971, Entwistle became the first member to release a solo album, Smash Your Head Against the Wall, which earned him a cult following in the US for fans of his brand of black humour. Other solo studio albums included: Whistle Rymes (1972), Rigor Mortis Sets In (1973), Mad Dog (1975), Too Late the Hero (1981), and The Rock (1996). In 1974, he compiled Odds & Sods, a collection of unreleased Who material. The band was preoccupied with recording The Who by Numbers during the spring of 1975 and did not do any touring for most of the year, so Entwistle spent the summer performing solo concerts. He also fronted the John Entwistle Band on US club tours during the 1990s, and appeared with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band in 1995...

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The Talented Barry White Part Two

The Talented Barry White Part Two

The 1970s as solo artist

White wanted to work with another act but decided to work with a solo male artist. While working on a few demos for a male singer, he made three song demos of himself singing and playing, but Nunes heard them and insisted that he re-record and release them himself as a solo recording artist. After arguing for days about it, White was finally persuaded to release the songs himself although he was initially reluctant to step out in front of the microphone.
He then wrote several other songs and recorded them for what eventually became an entire album of music. He was going to use the name “White Heat,” but decided on using his given name instead. White was still hesitating up to the time the label copy was made...

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