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Cindy Walker
Cindy Walker

Cindy Walker, (July 20, 1918 - March 23, 2006) was an American singer/songwriter and dancer. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Born in Mart, Texas, Walker wrote a great many hit songs for a number of country music stars such as Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold, and Carl Smith. Walker wrote songs for Bing Crosby and the 1962 rock song "Dream Baby" for Roy Orbison. She also authored "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves, a song that stayed at No.1 on the British charts for five weeks in 1966. Mart is a city located in Texas. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... James Robert (Bob) Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American country musician, songwriter, and big band leader. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... Note: This article is about a musician. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country singer and pop singer. ... This is a list of the number one singles on the UK Singles Chart, during the 1960s. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Other popular songs she wrote include "You Don't Know Me" co-written with Eddy Arnold and subsequently recorded by Ray Charles, Jerry Vale, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Mickey Gilley; and "In The Misty Moonlight" that was a hit for both Jerry Wallace and Dean Martin, plus the Western song made popular by Gene Autry, "Blue Canadian Rockies". You Dont Know Me is a song written and performed by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold in 1955. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), a pioneering American pianist and soul musician who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. ... Jerry Vale (b. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Willie Nelson (born William Hugh Nelson, 30 April 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Mickey Gilley (b. ... Jerry Wallace (born December 15, 1928) is an American country and popular music singer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gene Autry. ...


The Los Angeles Times described her first sale: This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ...

In late 1940, the 22-year-old Walker accompanied her parents on a business trip to Los Angeles. They were driving down Sunset Boulevard, when she spotted the Crosby Building and asked her father to stop the car. "I had decided that if I ever got to Hollywood, I was going to try to show Bing Crosby a song I had written for him called 'Lone Star Trail,' " she recalled in a 1988 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "My father said, 'You're crazy, girl,' but he stopped the car."

Walker grabbed her song-filled briefcase and went inside. A few minutes later, she ran back to the car to get her mother to play the piano for her: Crosby's brother, Larry, had agreed to listen to the song. With her mother accompanying her, Walker sang "Lone Star Trail." Larry Crosby told her that Bing was looking for a Western song to record and might like it. The next day, she accompanied herself on the guitar and sang it for Bing at Paramount Studios, where he was making a movie.

Bing Crosby, who called her "Sis," liked the song, and the unknown songwriter from Texas made her first sale.

She also wrote many hit songs for Bob Wills and they co-wrote "Sugar Moon" which, years after being a considerable success for him, was included by k.d. lang on her Shadowland album. All told, she wrote more than 500 recorded songs for an array of artists. James Robert (Bob) Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American country musician, songwriter, and big band leader. ... Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), best known by the stage name k. ... Shadowland is the debut solo album by k. ...


In addition to her song writing, Walker also sang on stage and recorded a number of albums. Some of her best recording work was produced by Fred Foster at his Monument Records. Fred Luther Foster (born July 26, 1931) is a songwriter, music record producer, and founder of Monument Records. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster and Bob Moore. ...


In 1970, she became a charter inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1997 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1998 into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Her induction to the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 by singer Barbara Mandrell featured Walker accepting the award in an old evening gown. She then read a poem she'd written for the show: "In the 1980's my mother bought me a dress...for a BMI affair... and she said, "When they put you in The Hall Of Fame...that's the dress...I want you to wear"...and, I said, "Oh, mama...The Hall Of Fame...Why, that will never be"...and the years went by...but my mother's words...remained in my memory...and I know...tonight...she'd be happy...Tho she's gone now...to her rest...but I think of all...that she did for me...and, tonight... I'm wearing that dress!.." The speech was followed by a thunderous standing ovation and Walker left the stage after softly blowing a kiss in tears. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is located in Carthage, Texas. ...


Walker was ranked #32 in CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002. CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


In 2006 American music icon Willie Nelson released a CD album featuring 13 of Walker's well-known songs. The album title is You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The music of the United States includes a number of kinds of distinct folk and popular music, including some of the most widely-recognized styles in the world. ... Willie Nelson (born William Hugh Nelson, 30 April 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ...


Walker died in her hometown of Mexia, Texas, on March 23, 2006, of natural causes, just one week after the above-mentioned album was released. Mexia (pronounced , meh-HAY-uh) is a city in Limestone County, Texas, United States. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Reference

  • Oermann, Robert K. (1998). "Cindy Walker". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kinsgbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 567-568.

External links

  • LA Times Obituary Abstract
  • Includes a personal memory of Ms Walker

 
 

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