Roy Frank Drusky, Jr. June 22, — September 23, was an American country music singer, songwriter, producer, actor and disc jockey popular Intro - DJ MK & Lotek - Casualties Of Tour Vol.
1 the s through the early s. Known for his baritone voice, he was known for incorporating the Nashville sound and for being the first artist to record a song written by Kris Kristofferson "Jody and the Kid".
His highest-charting single was the No. Peters ", a Worried Minds - Roy Drusky - Roy Drusky with Priscilla Mitchell. Drusky was born in in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, a church organist, had tried for years to get her son into music as a child, but he was focused more on sports, allegedly declining a contract with the ML baseball Cleveland Indians then beginning his music career in the early s performing on a Decatur, Georgia radio station.
He began singing while in the US Navy during the s, and later attended Emory University and studied veterinary medicine. During this time, he also played country music with a group he founded, the Southern Ranch Boys. Drusky also worked as a disc jockey. In he signed with Starday Records ; the first single he released was called "Such a Fool". That same year, he joined the Grand Ole Opry. A couple of years later, he recorded for Columbia Recordsbut none of his work gained much success. Faron Younga well-known country singer, helped Drusky's career by recording his songs.
After that, Drusky moved on to Decca Records. He also wrote "Anymore" which charted for Teresa Brewer in InDrusky finally struck it big. At Decca Records, where he worked with producer Owen Bradleyhe released a single called "Another", which he co-wrote.
Bradley was a well-known producer who had led legendary country singer Patsy Cline into big success in the early '60s as well.
Bradley helped smooth out Drusky's orchestral tones; the next year, Drusky reached the Country Top 10 with the single "Second Hand Rose". InDrusky switched to Mercury Records and released his first hit from his new record company the same year he signed on to it.
He cut a lot of duets with Priscilla Mitchell : one of his biggest hits with her was the No. Mitchell was the wife of Jerry Reedanother well-known country singer. During his career, Paul Rosenberg (Skit) - Eminem - The Eminem Show racked up a number of Top 40 Country hits.
Some of his Top 40 songs were written by famous singer-songwriters. Liz Anderson wrote "Pick of the Week" for him as well as " My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers " which is best remembered by the concurrent hit by Merle Haggard although Drusky's was actually the more successful record at the time. Kris Kristofferson wrote "Jody and the Kid". Drusky appeared on most of the country music television programs of the era; and inhe appeared in the movie White Lightnin' Express and two other films as well, The Golden Guitar and Four Acre Feud.
Drusky had his most successful record in several years with 's "Long Long Texas Road", a top 5 hit. He continued to score several top 40 country hits with the occasional low-charting single. Drusky's last top 40 country was a remake of " A Satisfied Mind " in which had earlier been a hit for both Porter Wagoner and Jean Shepard.
He made his last appearance on the Billboard charts in but occasionally Worried Minds - Roy Drusky - Roy Drusky on smaller record labels into the s. He also recorded Worried Minds - Roy Drusky - Roy Drusky number of gospel albums for Chapel Records during this period. He also returned to writing and producing music, the latter of which he had done since the s. Drusky's membership with the Grand Ole Opry ensured him exposure for decades long after the radio hits stopped coming.
He appeared regularly on Worried Minds - Roy Drusky - Roy Drusky program until the year of his death, singing the hit songs he had racked up in the s and s in addition to performing country standards from other artists, which became a tradition at the Opry. On September 23,Drusky died at age 74 from complications stemming from lung cancer, which he fought for several years.
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