Webb Pierce, singer
birth name: Michael Webb Pierce

Webb Pierce

August 8, 1921, West Monroe, LA ~ February 24, 1991, Nashvile, TN

A honky-tonk innovator, Webb Pierce was a fine singer, responsible for many of the hardest-cutting and daring recordings of honky-tonk’s golden age. His revival of Jimmie Rodgers's In The Jailhouse Now was the bridge between country’s hillbilly roots of the 1930s and the burgeoning rockabilly of the 1950s. Honky-tonk king and heir apparent to the throne vacated by Hank Williams, he had more hits than any other country artist in the 1950s, including Eddy Arnold and Elvis Presley. Following his chart-topping debut single, Wondering, in 1952, each subsequent release made it into the top ten and he continued to make the charts with at least one title every year right through to 1972. ~ Alan Cackett: Webb Pierce ~ retrieved May 26, 2015 © Alan Cackett

Hugely successful, flamboyant, and popular honky-tonk singer, registering a staggering 97 country hits in his long career. ~ Allmusic: Webb Pierce ~ retrieved November 14, 2015 ©Allmusic

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August 8, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Carl Dobkins Jr, My Heart Is An Open Book ~ #2 (5) Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires, A Big Hunk O' Love ~ #1 (1) Paul Anka, Lonely Boy


Although no one in the family performed music, his mother had a collection of country records which, together with Gene Autry films, were his first country music influences. He learned to play guitar and when he was 15, he was given his own weekly radio show on KMLB radio in Monroe. ~ Bopping: The Wondering Boy Webb Pierce ~ October 12, 2011 © Bopping

Webb Pierce ~ Inducted in the 2001 Country Music Hall Of Fame ~ One of the greatest stars of country music’s honky-tonk heyday, the 1950s. […] His loud, nasal, high-pitched, and sometimes slightly off-key delivery on hit after hit marked him as one of the music's most distinctive singers in an era of great individualists. ~ 2001 © Country Music Hall Of Fame

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