whitefang Posted September 24, 2016 Share Posted September 24, 2016 Speaking of "old county" -----Singer/songwriter and really mostly songwriter, John D.Loudermilk died Wed. Sept. 21 in his home in Christiana Tenn. He was 82. He began his singing and songwriting career when a poem of his, called "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" was recorded by country singer George Hamilton IV in 1956. He also co-wrote Hamilton's hit "Abeline". He was also noted for writing the well known and oft covered "Tobacco Road" which was covered by more than 200 artists, including The Nashville Teens, Lou Rawls, Edgar Winter and even The Jefferson Airplane. He even released his own recording of it. He also wrote "Cherokee Nation", recorded by Paul Revere And The Raiders and and "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" first recorded by country singer Don Cherry in 1962 and made famous also by The Casinos in 1967. Among other known songs were "Paper Tiger" and "Sad Movies(Always Make Me Cry)" by Sue Thompson, still a couple of my long-time favorites Personally, I became aware of Loudermilk back in 1962 when he released his own recording of his song "Language Of Love" and later, "Road Hog". I still think of those two as long-time favorites. John was known to favor playing the 12-string guitar, and WAS quite good at it. A country music songwriter's Hall Of Fame member, John wrote a few HUNDRED songs, mostly country tunes, and will be missed. Whitefang I started out with NOTHING...and I still have most of it left! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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