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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Jenny Lou Carson born 13 January 1915

Jenny Lou Carson, (January 13, 1915–December 16, 1978), born Virginia Lucille Overstake, was an American country music singer-songwriter and the first woman to write a No. 1 country music hit. From 1945 to 1955 she was one of the most prolific songwriters in country music.
The second of six children of Herschel Jewel Overstake (1894-1936) and Helen Elizabeth Nalefski (1897-1988), Lucille was born in Decatur, Illinois. She was raised in Decatur in modest surroundings. She learned to work early in life and was expected to do chores around the house. Her father had a strict, no-nonsense personality who instilled a strong work ethic and a fierce win-at-any-cost sense of competition in his children. In her adult life she rarely spoke of her early days to any of her friends or business associates, other than to occasionally remark, "You don't need friends if you've got your family with you."

Carson began her professional music career at age 17 in 1932, performing with her sisters Evelyn and Eva Alaine (AKA: Judy Martin) Overstake as the Three Little Maids on WLS's National Barn Dance in Chicago. Carson also performed briefly as Winnie in the trio Winnie, Lou, and Sally (WLS). The Overstake sisters also performed as The Little Country Girls.

From 1938 to 1939 she recorded under the name Lucille Lee with the Sweet Violet Boys, also known as The Prairie Ramblers.
Fashioning herself as a 20th-century Annie Oakley, Overstake assumed the name Jenny Lou Carson in September 1939. She became an expert sharpshooter and learned to spin a rope and manipulate a bullwhip. She toured the state of Texas putting on her cowgirl show and singing with her partner Texas Tommy.
During World War II she wrote popular songs about soldier boys and home. She was known as the “Radio Chin-Up Girl” and received lots of fan letters from servicemen and their families.

Jenny Lou Carson authored "Jealous Heart" for Tex Ritter, a song that stayed on the hit charts for 23 weeks in 1945, and "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often", the first top country hit written by a woman, which stayed at No. 1 on the country chart for 11 weeks in 1945.
Carson wrote a great many songs for a number of country music stars such as Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb and Red Foley, who had married her sister Eva. She co-wrote with Al Hill, a pseudonym used by Fred Wise, Kathleen Twomey, and Ben Weisman the 1954 popular hit "Let Me Go, Lover!", first performed by 18 year old Joan Weber and subsequently recorded by Hank Snow, Teresa Brewer, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, and Sunny Gale.
Her song catalogue contains over 170 songs which have been professionally recorded by over 180 artists.
In 1971 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. She died December 16, 1978, Torrance, California.
(Info edited mainly from Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

Jenny Lou Carson - 1944-1947 go here:
1. I'll Keep Smiling (3:01)
2. I'll Never Cry Again Over You (2:55)
3. Tell Him I'm Blue (3:04)
4. You Gotta Quit Makin' Me Blue (3:07)
5. Jealous Heart (3:12)
6. Since I'm Learning Not to Yern So Much (2:53)
7. Many Tears Ago (3:11)
8. Dear God Watch Over Joe (2:48)
9. I'd Trade All of My Tomorrows (2:47)
10. Go West Young Man Go West (2:51)
11. A Penny for Your Thoughts (2:56)
12. Honest Injun, I Love You (2:49)
13. What Do I Have to Do (2:44)
14. I L-O-V-E You (2:26)
15. The Crossroad Where We Said Goodbye (2:55)
16. I'll Never Trust You Again (2:50)
17. Troubled Heart (2:50)
18. Too Good to Be True (2:58)
19. Gonna Give You Back to the Indians (2:58)
20. I Feel Like Cryin' Over You (2:52)

(Found on Israbox but originally posted by Visit me in Music City, thanks Harlan!)