Signed Pee Wee King Redd Stewart & More Song Hits Songbook


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Signed Pee Wee King Redd Stewart & More Song Hits Songbook Pee Wee King Folio of Popular & Country Song Hits Signed by multiple people, including Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart, Donnie White, “Don”, and another person, June or Jim Mc something, I cannot make out the name some of the signatures are smeared vintage songbook published by Ridgeway Music, Inc. Book is in fair condition, obvious age/shelf wear See my other listings for TONS more! Piano3. here’s a nice bit of biography on Pee Wee King: A flamboyant and influential figure during his heyday, Pee Wee King remains somewhat underappreciated as a performer, though his fame as a songwriter is assured thanks to the smash hit “Tennessee Waltz.” King helped modernize the sound and style of country music; he introduced electric instruments, drums, and horns to the notoriously conservative Grand Ole Opry, and dressed his band in sharply tailored, Western-style Nudie suits that looked anything but backwoods. Despite his affinity for Western swing and cowboy songs, King actually came from Polish extraction, which helped account for his eclectic approach to country music. He was born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski on February 18, 1914, in Milwaukee, and grew up in the northern Wisconsin town of Abrams (or possibly vice versa, according to some sources). His father headed a polka band, and young Frank (as he was called) eventually joined up, learning both fiddle and accordion but concentrating on the latter instrument. He made his professional radio debut at age 14, and eventually started leading his own band, adopting the name Frank King (in tribute to polka bandleader Wayne King) and playing a mixture of polkas and cowboy songs. Starting in 1933, his band played regularly on the Milwaukee radio show The Badger State Barn Dance, where they were discovered by an up-and-coming Gene Autry. Autry hired them as his backup band, and nicknamed King “Pee Wee” for his five-foot six-inch height. In 1934, Autry and King became regulars on Louisville radio, but Autry soon departed for Hollywood. King elected to stay behind in Louisville, and played with the Log Cabin Boys in 1935; the following year, he formed his own band, the Golden West Cowboys, which initially featured fiddler Abner Sims, guitarist Curly Rhodes, and singer Texas Daisy. In 1937, fiddler Redd Stewart joined the lineup, and would later become King’s songwriting partner. Just as importantly, the group was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. They were an unorthodox selection that made traditionalists uncomfortable: not just for their wardrobe, but also for their flashy, professional showmanship and for the polka and waltz rhythms that drove some of their songs. They remained regulars over the next ten years, during which time King also hosted his own radio show in Knoxville; they also evolved into more of a Western swing band. King first used an amplified electric guitar on-stage at the Opry in 1940, and introduced drums to the Opry stage in 1947. During that run, several prominent vocalists passed through the ranks of the Golden West Cowboys, including Eddy Arnold, Cowboy Copas, Milton Estes, Tommy Sosebee, and Becky Barfield. The Golden West Cowboys recorded and toured as Minnie Pearl’s backing band over 1941-1942, and worked with Ernest Tubb as well. Additionally, King appeared in several Westerns playing himself as a bandleader; the first was 1938’s Gold Mine in the Sky, starring his old friend Gene Autry. A new era for the band started in 1947. King left the Grand Ole Opry to return to Louisville and host his own TV show, which ran for the next ten years and was picked up nationally by ABC in the final two seasons. King also signed a recording contract with RCA, and Redd Stewart took over the lead vocal chores. Inspired by Bill Monroe’s hit “Kentucky Waltz,” King and Stewart penned lyrics to an instrumental tune they’d been playing; recorded in December 1947, “Tennessee Waltz” became a number three hit for King the following year. Pop singer Patti Page cut her own version in 1950 and it was an enormous hit, topping the pop charts and selling several million copies; it ranked as one of the biggest country crossovers ever. King followed it in 1951 with “Slow Poke,” a novelty tune that topped both the country and pop charts, spending over three months at number one. Other hit King compositions included “Silver and Gold” (1952), “Changing Partners” (1954), “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” “You Belong to Me,” “Walk By the River,” “Busybody,” and “Bimbo,” among others. King also returned to the movies, appearing in a couple of Charles Starrett Westerns during the early ’50s. King’s run of commercial success tailed off after 1954; his TV show went off the air in 1957, and he continued to record for RCA until 1959. From then until 1963, he reunited with Minnie Pearl and led the Golden West Cowboys as her supporting band. In 1965, Tennessee adopted “Tennessee Waltz” as its official state song. King broke up the Golden West Cowboys in 1969 and went to work for the Country Music Foundation, at one point serving as its director. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974, later serving on its board of directors, and also made it into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. King passed away in Louisville on March 7, 2000, after suffering a heart attack. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi Book is in fair condition, obvious age/shelf wear See my other listings for TONS more! 16-10 moved from Piano3 Thank you for looking, and please take some time to view my other items, as I do have TONS of music available! All international rates are listed below, and still apply. We sell UNUSED old store stock 90% of the time, and there is sometimes handling or shelf wear and/or minor flaws that do not detract from the piece — we therefore always call the music “Used” or “Acceptable” so that people do not expect that the piece is in flawless condition, although nine times out of ten it is. Sometimes, the wrinkling or minor damage can occur during our handling from place to place or what have you, but again, we strive to keep it real and keep the prices reflective of any possible cosmetic imperfections. SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC? ASK ABOUT OTHER ITEMS, WE HAVE ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AND SEARCHING, AND ADD DAILY… Please be sure to check my other listings for a whole lot more! Many items you will find are one-of-a-kind, and some OUT OF PRINT for decades! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line. If you don’t see something you need, just ask, as I have more than 20,000 items in my inventory! 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