Ernest Tubb the “Texas Troubadour” is commemorating his 34th death anniversary today. With this, let’s all give him salute and respect through prayers. He’ll surely be smiling as he plays his guitar from up above. To remember him, let’s have a backtracking of the past. Let’s all browse a little of his journey and listen to his top singles.
The “Texas Troubadour” was born on February 9, 1914. He was not just a singer but also a songwriter. Apart from that, he was one of the pioneers of country music. Also, Ernest Tubb was one of the most credible and most respected country musicians in history. “Walkin’ the Floor Over You” was the most successful single of his career. It even became his signature song.
Ernest Tubb died in 1984 at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee due to emphysema. He was buried in Nashville’s Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
Here are some of the songs of Ernest Tubbs that helped boost his career. Undeniably, these songs will remind you of the “Texas Troubadour” once it hits your eardrums.
Walkin’ the Floor Over You…
Ernest Tubb, himself, wrote the words and lyrics of “Walkin’ the Floor Over You.” It was released on May 28, 1941. All throughout his career, he had recorded the song several times. He re-released the single in 1944, 1959, 1963, and 1977. The most successful recording was back in 1979, a duet with Merle Haggard. Their cover reached at number thirty-one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Thanks a Lot…
Eddie Miller and Don Sessions pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Thanks a Lot.” It was part of his album of the same name. Also, the song was released in 1963. It reached at number three on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on December 28, 1963.
Leave Them Boys Alone…
The song is a collaboration among Ernest Tubb, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr. It was released in May 1983. Then, on August 6, 1983, it placed at number six on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Hank Williams, Jr., Dean Dillon, Gary Stewart, and Tanya Tucker pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Leave Them Boys Alone.”
Half a Mind…
The song reached at number eight on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on October 20, 1958. Roger Miller wrote the words and lyrics of “Half a Mind.”
Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be…
The song was a duet between Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn. It was released in July 1964 under the album of the same name. On the other hand, Billy Joe Deaton wrote the words and lyrics of “Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be.” It placed at number eleven on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on October 17, 1964.
A Bit about Ernest Tubb…
Jimmie Rodgers inspired Ernest Tubb. He was the reason for his love and passion for music specifically for country music. He learned how to sing, yodel, and play the guitar all by himself. At the age of nineteen, he took a job as a singer at a local radio station “KONO-AM” in San Antonio.
In 1939, he moved to San Angelo, Texas to make a living. He was hired at a noontime show on a radio station “KGKL-AM.” It was a 15-minute stunt. At that time, he was also a beer delivery driving a truck to support himself.
Furthermore, the widow of Jimmie Rodgers helped Ernest Tubb land a career in the music industry. It was when Ernest Tubb who contacted her to ask for an autograph of his inspiration. As a result, he signed a contract with RCA. Unfortunately, his first two records were unsuccessful. With this, he changed his label to Decca. The same name which produced “Walkin’ the Floor Over You.” It was the beginning of his joyful career and the rest was history.
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