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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Lulu Belle born 24 December 1913

Myrtle Eleanor (Lulu Belle) Cooper (December 24, 1913 – February 8, 1999) and Scott Greene Wiseman (November 8, 1908 – January 31, 1981), known professionally as Lulu Belle and Scotty, were one of the major country music acts of the 1930s and 1940s, dubbed The Sweethearts of Country Music. 

Myrtle Eleanor Cooper was born in Boone, North Carolina; Wiseman was from Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Lulu Belle and Scotty enjoyed enormous national popularity thanks to their regular appearances on National Barn Dance on WLS-AM in Chicago, a rival to WSM-AM's Grand Ole Opry. Barn Dance enjoyed a large radio audience in the 1930s and early 1940s with some 20 million Americans regularly tuning in.

The duo married on December 13, 1934, one year after Wiseman became a regular on Barn Dance (Cooper had been a solo performer there since 1932). The duo is best known for their self-penned classic "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?", which became one of the first country songs to attract major attention in pop circles and was recorded by many artists in both genres. 

Cooper was the somewhat dominant half of the duo with a comic persona as a wisecracking country girl. Her most famous novelty number was "Daffy Over Taffy". In 1938, she was named Favourite Female Radio Star by the readers of Radio Guide magazine, an unusual recognition for a country performer. 
Lulu Belle and Scotty recorded for record labels including Vocalion Records, Columbia Records, Bluebird Records; and Starday Records, in their final sessions during the 1960s reprising their old hits. They were among the first country music stars to venture into feature motion pictures, appearing in such films as Village Barn Dance (1940), Shine On, Harvest Moon (1938), County Fair (1941) and The National Barn Dance (1944). 

For eight years from 1949, Lulu Belle and Scotty hosted their own daily television programme on the Chicago station WNBQ. In 1958 they surprised their fans by virtually quitting music and moving back to North Carolina. Although three albums were cut for Starday, The Sweethearts of Country Music (1963), Down Memory Lane (1964) and Sweethearts Still (1965), their performing days were all but over. He returned to college and obtained a master's degree. He then became a teacher, a farmer, and a bank director whilst she became involved in local politics, eventually serving in the state legislature.  Cooper served two terms from 1975 to 1978 in the North Carolina House of Representatives as the Democratic representative for three counties. In 1977, she gave a memorable speech in which she revealed that she had been raped on the country music circuit. 

Scotty Wiseman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. After his death in 1981 from a heart attack in Gainesville, Florida, Cooper married Ernest Stamey in 1983; and in 1989 recorded “Snickers and Tender Memories,” her first album in 20 years for a small traditional music label, Mar-lu Records out of Portageville, Missouri.
Myrtle Stamey died of Alzheimer's disease  in Ingalls, North Carolina, aged 85. In 2014, Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman were posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Info mainly Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Lulu Belle & Scotty - The Sweethearts of Country Music….go here:

1. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Homecoming Time In Happy Valley (1:52) 2. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Each Time You Leave (1:54) 3. Lulu Belle & Scotty - The Brown Mountain Light (2:41) 4. Lulu Belle & Scotty - When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again (2:15) 5. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Shortnin' Bread [instr.) (2:16) 6. Lulu Belle & Scotty - In The Doghouse Now (1:36) 7. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Sunday School (2:35) 8. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming) (2:33) 9. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Does Your Spearment Lose It's Flavor (1:28) 10. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Have I Told You Lately I Love You (2:29) 11. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Sweet Lips (3:13) 12. Lulu Belle & Scotty - What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You (2:31) 13. Lulu Belle & Scotty - Mountain Dew (2:15) 14. Lulu Belle & Scotty - The Empty Xmas Stocking (2:55)

A big thank you to The Rockin’ Bandit for the original link.