Wynn Stewart, singer
birth name: Winford Lindsey Stewart

Wynn Stewart

June 7, 1934, Morrisville, MO ~ July 7, 1985, Hendersonville, TN

During the late '50s, Wynn Stewart and Tommy Collins were two of the pioneering Bakersfield artists to have hits, and both were influential on Merle Haggard's career, musically as well as professionally. For about a year and a half, in 1962 and 1963, Merle Haggard played bass with Wynn's band in Las Vegas. During this time, Haggard heard Wynn Stewart's song Sing a Sad Song and asked Wynn if he could record it. Wynn gave him the song and Merle recorded it. The record became Merle's first national hit, climbing to number 19 on the country charts in 1964. ~ WynnStewart.com: Wynn Stewart ~ retrieved July 5, 2013 © WynnStewart.com

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By the end of the '60s, he had modified his sound slightly, bringing himself closer to country-pop territory. The shift in style was successful, resulting in his lone number one hit single, It's Such a Pretty World Today, but Stewart wasn't able to become a genuine country star, despite his steady stream of records during the '70s and '80s. At the time of his sudden death in 1985, he was preparing for another comeback, which may have resulted in some long-overdue critical and popular acclaim. Even though he never received those accolades while he was alive, his early singles like Wishful Thinking and Big, Big Love clearly inspired contemporaries like Owens and Merle Haggard, as well as '80s neo-traditionalists and alternative country musicians like Dwight Yoakam and k.d. Lang, which guarantees him a place in the history of contemporary country music. ~ Allmusic.com: Wynn Stewart ~ retrieved July 5, 2013 © Allmusic

Wynn Stewart ~ The Songs Of Wynn Stewart (1965) ~ Ranked #13 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012.

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