Today, we celebrate the birth of one of country music’s most iconic stars, the great Webb Pierce. Let’s remember the man and all his glory on his special day.

Webb Pierce and His Beginnings

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The honky-tonk legend was born on August 8, 1921, in West Monroe, Louisiana. During his early childhood years, Webb Pierce was obsessed with his mother’s hillbilly records and Gene Autry, also known as the singing cowboy. This was the start of Pierce’s love and involvement with music.

Webb Pierce already knew how to play the guitar well before hitting the age of 15. During his teenage years as well, he was given his own radio show entitled Songs by Webb Pierce which aired weekly.

Soon after, he joined the US Air Force and served until he was discharged and moved to Shreveport in 1944. During his time serving, he met his wife, Betty Jane Lewis, and the two got married in 1942.

Webb Pierce and His Rise to Fame

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In 1949, the couple tried their luck in California and were both able to land separate contracts with the record company, 4 Star Records. However, It was only Pierce who rose to popularity and stardom. In 1950, the couple decided to get a divorce, thus, ending their 8-year marriage.

The Honky-tonk legend then moved to back to Shreveport where he worked various jobs while trying to get his singing career to take off. He was then able to join KWKH and became a part of their Saturday night broadcast, the Louisiana Hayride.

Soon, Webb Pierce became the most anticipated part of the show, growing in fame at a very fast pace. In 1952 Pierce released his second single, “Wondering” which allowed him to rise faster into stardom. The single took the number 1 spot at the charts in early 1952.

Pierce eventually moved to Nashville where he met and married his second wife, Audrey Grisham. In mid-1952 his single “That Heart Belongs to Me” gave him his second number 1 hit.

When Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry, Pierce was recruited as a replacement. He continued to rise to fame and became the most popular country singer after Hank Williams’ death. The following years would see Pierce releasing hit after hit with many reaching the top 10 and taking even more number 1 spot in the charts.

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Some of his hit include “Slowly,” “More and More,” “In The Jailhouse Now,” and “There Stands the Glass” among others. Overall, the honky-tonk legend had 13 songs hit number 1 and had a total of 96 hits by 1982.

Here’s to Webb Pierce, the man who is honky-tonk music. Take a listen to some of his hits and remember the man and the legend.

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