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Encyclopedia > Roy Drusky
Roy Drusky
Roy Drusky on an album cover.
Roy Drusky on an album cover.
Background information
Birth name Roy Frank Drusky Jr.
Also known as Roy Drusky
Born June 22, 1930
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Died September 23, 2004
Genre(s) Country Music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, actor, disc jockey
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1953-2004
Label(s) Starday Records, Columbia Records, Decca Records, Mercury Records
Associated
acts
Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Priscilla Mitchell

Roy Drusky (June 22, 1930 - September 23, 2004) was a country music singer. Born as Roy Frank Drusky Jr., he was popular in the 1960s through the early 70s. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL, A-Town Location in Fulton and DeKalb Counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: Country United States State Georgia Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Starday Records was a legendary record label producing traditional country music during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... Jim Reeves (August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964) was an American country singer and pop singer. ... Priscilla Mitchell (born September 18, 1941 in Marietta, Georgia) is an American Country Music Singer. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...

Contents

Early life and early career

A native of Georgia, Roy Drusky became a popular Country singer during the 1960s, who was known for his baritone voice. He sounded very much alike his counterpart Eddy Arnold, another fellow Country singer. They were both known for their ochestra-typed Country songs. It is almost impossible to tell the two apart. Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ...


Roy was born Roy Frank Drusky Jr. in 1930, out in Atlanta, Georgia. He didn't do too much singing, until the late 40s. This is when Drusky joined the Navy. His mother was a church organist. She tried for years to get her son into music as a child, but he focused more on sports. Originally planning to become a baseball player, he began his music career in the early 1950s performing on a Decatur, Georgia radio station. He attended Emory University, after finishing his service in the Navy and studied veterinay medicine. During this time, he also played Country music with a group he founded called the Southern Ranch Boys. Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL, A-Town Location in Fulton and DeKalb Counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: Country United States State Georgia Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... For the south-western Georgia county, see Decatur County, Georgia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ...


Drusky also worked as a disc jockey. In 1953, he signed on to Starday Records. His first single he released from the record company was called "Such a Fool". In 1953, he also joined the Grand Ole Opry. A couple of years later, he recorded for Columbia Records, but none of his work gained much success. For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Starday Records was a legendary record label producing traditional country music during the 1950s and 1960s. ... The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly Saturday night country music radio program broadcast live on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee, and televised on Great American Country network. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


Work as a songwriter

Faron Young, a well known Country singer himself, helped Drusky's career. The two songs he wrote called "Alone With You" and "Country Girl", he turned into major #1 Country hits. After that, he moved onto Decca Records. Faron Young (born February 25, 1932 near Shreveport, Louisiana, died December 10, 1996) was an American country music singer. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ...


Height of his career

In 1960, Roy Drusky finally struck it big. he released his single by Decca Records called "Another", a song that was co-written by him. At Decca he worked with producer Owen Bradley. He was a legendary producer who led legendary Country singer Patsy Cline into big success in the early 60s as well. Bradley would help smooth out Drusky's orchestral tones. The next year, he reached the Country Top ten with the single "Second Hand Rose". In 1963, he switched onto Mercury Records. The cover of Bradleys biggest single as a performer, Big Guitar. ... Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was a Country music/Pop music singer, who enjoyed Pop music cross-over success during the era of the Nashville Sound in the early 1960s. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...


He released his first hit from his new record company the same year he signed on to it. The song was called "Peel Me a Nanner", which was written by Bill Anderson. He cut a lot of duets with Priscilla Mitchell. One of his biggest hits with her was the #1 hit "Yes Mr. Peters". Mitchell was the wife of Jerry Reed, a well-known Country singer too. During his career, he racked up a good number of Top 40 Country hits. James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Priscilla Mitchell (born September 18, 1941 in Marietta, Georgia) is an American Country Music Singer. ... Jerry Reed Hubbard (born March 20, 1937) is an American country music singer, country guitarist, songwriter, and actor. ...


Some of these songs that were Top 40s were written by famous songwriters. The singer/songwriter Liz Anderson wrote the song "Pick of the Week" for him. Kris Kristofferson wrote the song "Jody and the Kid". Another song was written by Neil Diamond called "Red, Red Wine". After 1965 though, his chart success was beginning to fade away. Liz Anderson was one of the major country music songwriters of the 1960s who was also one of the eras leading female vocalists. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Essential Neil Diamond album cover. ...


Television career

While also being a successful Country singer, Drusky also had a small television career. In 1965, he appeared in the movie White Lightnin' Express and also two other films as well. These two films were The Golden Guitar and Four Acre Feud.


Decline and comeback

After 1965, Roy Drusky's success on the Country charts was wearing away. He racked up a couple other Top Tens like "Where the Blue and Lonely Go". This was a hit for him in 1969. However, he made a good comeback with the song "Long Long Texas Road", a Top Five hit for him. This was first Top Five Country hit in six years. After that, his career success in Country music faded away for good.


His albums and singles went into a rapid downfall, due to the new changes and tastes of what Country music would become during the 70s and 80s. He returned though to writing and producing music. He had been producing music in fact since the 60s. After doing not much in the 1980s, he went into more Country-Gospel during the 1990s.


Death

On September 23, 2004, Roy Drusky died. He was 74 years old. It was said that he had died from a lengthy illness he had been battling for a long time. During his death, he had no funeral service, but only a memorial service. September 23, 2004 The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, continuing a tour of Latin America, arrives in Puerto Rico for a two-day visit. ...


Discography

Hit singles

Year Single Album U.S. Country
1960 "Another (Just Like Me)" Anymore With Roy Drusky #2
1960 "Anymore" Anymore With Roy Drusky #3
1960 "I Can't Tell My Heart That" (with Kitty Wells) Kitty Wells Duets #26
1961 "Three Hearts In a Tangle" Anymore With Roy Drusky #2
1963 "Second Hand Rose" Roy Drusky #3
1964 "Peel Me a Nanner" Greatest Hits #8
1964 "Pick of the Week" #13
1965 "All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers" Golden Hits #6
1965 "White Lightnin' Express" #21
1965 "Yes Mr. Peters" Love's Eternal Triangle #1
1967 "If the Whole World Stopped Lovin'" If the Whole World Stopped Lovin #12
1968 "Jody and the Kid" Jody and the Kid #24
1969 "Such a Fool" My Grass Is Green #7
1970 "All My Hard Times" All My Hard Times #9
1970 "Long Long Texas Road" I'll Make Amends #5
1972 "Red Red Wine" Doing Something Right #17
1973 "I Must Be Doing Something Right" Doing Something Right #32

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Selected albums

Year Album
1961 Anymore With Roy Drusky
1963 Roy Drusky
1964 Songs of the Cities
1964 Yesterday's Gone
1965 Country Music All Around the World
1965 Pick of the Country
1966 If the Whole World Stopped Lovin'
1966 In a New Dimension
1966 Roy Drusky's Greatest Hits
1966 Together Again
1967 Now Is a Lonely Time
1968 Greatest Hits Volume 2
1968 Jody and the Kid
1969 My Grass Is Green
1969 Portrait of Roy Drusky
1970 All My Hard Times
1970 I'll Make Amends
1970 The Best of Roy Drusky
1971 I Love the Way You've Been Lovin' Me

1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ...

Sources

  • Country Music: The Rough Guide; Wolff, Kurt; Penguin Publishing
  • LP Discography.com
  • All Music.com

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