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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Shirley Collie Nelson born 16 March 1931

 
 
Shirley Collie Nelson (March 16, 1931 – January 27, 2010), born Shirley Angelina Simpson, was an American country music and rockabilly singer, yodeler, guitarist and songwriter. She was known professionally, within country music circles, as Shirley Caddell or Shirley Collie. From 1963 to 1971, she was the second wife of country star Willie Nelson.
 
Born in Chillicothe, Missouri to Alice (née Davis) and Henry Simpson, she sang at local war bond rallies during World War II as a child, and made a guest appearance on KFEQ-AM in St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1945, at age 14, Simpson replaced "Sue" on the weekday morning Millie and Sue show on KMBC-AM in Kansas City, and the duo also appeared on the station's Brush Creek Follies barn dance show. She bought her Little Martin guitar from the previous Sue, an instrument she would use for the rest of her career. Her first marriage, at 15, lasted until she was 19.
 
In 1950, Simpson moved to Texas to play with Bob Wills, Johnnie Lee Wills and other Texas bands. She settled in Corpus Christi and performed locally until the fall of 1955, when the redhead was offered a regular role on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri and signed a recording contract with ABC-Paramount. In 1956, she released her first singles on the label under her Jubilee stage name, Shirley Caddell, and made a guest appearance on The Eddy Arnold Show. In 1957, she recorded two singles with Lefty Frizzell on Columbia Records, as well as two solo numbers.
 
 
 
 
In 1958, she left Springfield to tour with The Philip Morris Country Music Show based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she met the show's manager and emcee, Hiram "Biff" Collie, a country music disc jockey on KFOX-AM in Long Beach, California. They

married and she moved to Hollywood, appearing on Country America on KABC-TV. Both were also regulars on KTTV-TV's Town Hall Party, and Collie was a guest on NBC-TV's You Bet Your Life in 1960.
 
Starting in 1960, Collie released singles on the Liberty Records label with Floyd Tillman, Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, and Clyde Beavers. In 1961, she made her chart debut with the Harlan Howard song “Dime a Dozen,” which rose to No. 25 on the Billboard country chart. That same year, "Why Baby Why", her duet with Warren Smith, reached No. 23. Soon record producer Joe Allison approached her to sing with Willie Nelson, who previous singers had been unable to sing harmony with him due to his style. Their 1962 duet, "Willingly", climbed to No. 10 and was his first chart hit, but it failed to establish him as a star.
 
 
 
In 1962, Collie was offered the role of semi-regular character Pearl Bodine on the CBS-TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, but instead began touring with Nelson, playing bass guitar in his band. They married in Las Vegas in 1963. As Nelson's career flourished, he talked her into staying home in Ridgetop outside Nashville, where she helped raise his three children by his first wife, Martha. The couple co-wrote his 1968 single "Little Things", and she is credited with writing his singles "I Hope So" (1969) and "Once More With Feeling" (1970).
 
After she discovered Nelson had fathered a daughter with Connie Koepke, who would become his third wife, their marriage fell apart and they divorced in 1971. In the years following, however, she would perform and yodel with Nelson when he toured in Missouri until she retired; and the two collaborated on her 2009 book, Memoir: Scrapbooks in My Mind: Featuring Shirley and Willie Nelson and Many Others.
 
From 1987–1989 Nelson worked for the state of Missouri with the mentally disabled. She continued to perform in Branson, Missouri and received a lifetime achievement award from KMBZ in 1996.
 
 
Shirley died in Springfield, Missouri on January 27, 2010, aged 78, following a long illness, and was buried at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Springfield. She is survived by her widower, Ed Melton; and a sister, Mary Lou Ritchie. (Info mainly Wikipedia)

2 comments:

boppinbob said...

Very hard to find any recordings on the web, but I did manage to find Willie Nelson - The Early Years (1994) which contains a few duets with Shirley Collie.
Go here:

http://dfiles.eu/files/axf0y6xmc

Password = nich

1. Willie Nelson - Night Life
2. Willie Nelson - Rainy Day Blues
3. Willie Nelson - Touch Me
4. Willie Nelson - Wake Me When It's Over
5. Willie Nelson - Hello Walls
6. Willie Nelson - Funny How Time Slips Away
7. Willie Nelson - Crazy
8. Willie Nelson - The Part Where I Cry
9. Willie Nelson - Mr Record Man
10. Willie Nelson - Three Days
11. Willie Nelson - One Step Beyond
12. Willie Nelson - Undo The Right
13. Willie Nelson - Darkness On The Face Of The Earth
14. Willie Nelson - Where My House Lives
15. Willie Nelson - How Long Is Forever Ver 1
16. Willie Nelson - Country Willie
17. Willie Nelson - Go Away
18. Willie Nelson - The Waiting Time
19. Willie Nelson - Take My Word Ver 1
20. Willie Nelson - There Goes A Man
21. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Columbus Stockade Blues Ver 1
22. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Chain Of Love
23. Willie Nelson - Willingly (With Shirley Collie
24. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Columbus Stockade Blues Ver 2
25. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - You Dream About Me
26. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Is This My Destiny
27. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Together
28. Willie Nelson (With Shirley Collie) - Columbus Stockade Blues Ver 3
29. Willie Nelson - How Long Is Forever (Version 2
30. Willie Nelson - You Took My Happy Away (Version 2)
31. Willie Nelson - Roly Poly
32. Willie Nelson - Half A Man
33. Willie Nelson - Lonely Little Mansion
34. Willie Nelson - The Last Letter
35. Willie Nelson - Second Fiddle
36. Willie Nelson - Take My Word (Version 2)
37. Willie Nelson - Right Or Wrong
38. Willie Nelson - Feed It A Memory
39. Willie Nelson - Let Me Talk To You
40. Willie Nelson - The Way You See Me
41. Willie Nelson - The Things I Might Have Been
42. Willie Nelson - Home Motel
43. Willie Nelson - Opportunity To Cry
44. Willie Nelson - You Took My Happy Away (Version 2)
45. Willie Nelson - I Hope So Orig.
46. Willie Nelson - River Boy (Version 1)
47. Willie Nelson - At The Bottom Orig.
48. Willie Nelson - Cold War With You
49. Willie Nelson - Seasons Of My Heart
50. Willie Nelson - Blue Must Have Been The Color Of The Blues
51. Willie Nelson - Am I Blue
52. Willie Nelson - There'll Be No Teardrops Tonig
53. Willie Nelson - Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go
54. Willie Nelson - Tomorrow Night
55. Willie Nelson - I'll Walk Alone
56. Willie Nelson - I Hope So (Overdubbed)
57. Willie Nelson - River Boy (Version 2)
58. Willie Nelson - At The Bottom (Version 2)



zephyr said...

Thank you Bob I have long wanted to hear more of Shirley