Lost Treasures: Webb Pierce – “Walking The Streets”

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From 1961 our Lost Treasure this week was released on Decca Records by 50’s honky-tonk star Webb Pierce.  He began performing on live radio in the late 1930’s & served in the Air Force in WWII.  Resuming his career after the war, he joined the famous Shreveport radio show “Louisiana Hayride” at he end of the 40’s which helped launch his recording success.  His early band at the time included singer-guitarist Faron Young & Floyd Cramer on piano.  In the early 1950’s, he was signed to Decca Records, moved to Nashville where he soon joined the Grand Ole Opry”.  He was at his peak in the mid-50’s with numerous hit records on the country charts.  He also appeared in a number of movies in the era.  In 1957, Pierce resigned from the Opry after he refused to pay commissions on bookings and for associated talent.  His popularity would remain into the early 60’s.  However, he recorded right up until 1982.  “Walking The Streets” although it’s the B-side of intended hit “How Do You Talk To A Baby” managed to get some airplay on a few country stations that charted the record as a 2-sided single.  It’s pretty typical of Webb’s hard-driving honky-tonk sound.  His last release was a 1982 duet with Willie Nelson recording a remake of his biggest hit:  1955’s “In The Jailhouse Now”.  Webb’s later years were marked by a lavish lifestyle & heavy drinking.  In 1991 he lost his lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer & was buried in Nashville.  Give your weekend a kick-off with this barroom classic & thanks for making Puget Sound Media part of your day!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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