Friday 22 September 2023

June Webb born 22 September 1934

June Webb (born September 22, 1934) is American former country music singer-songwriter notable for the song "Looking Glass". She rose to fame in the early 1950s, and had a 11-year career in the country music industry. 

Webb particularly experimented in the honky-tonk side of country music, but varied to gospel. She played the violin and the guitar, and was a talented instrumentalist. She was an inspiration for Loretta Lynn, who later used Webb's main line of her song in her song "Before I'm Over You." 

June Webb was born on September 22, 1934 in L'Anse, a village in the northern County of Baraga in Michigan. She had one sister, Shirley, and one brother, Ford. Her family were working-class, and musically inclined. The family moved to the Brownsville suburb of Miami, Florida in early 1937. She took private dancing and singing lessons, and her father taught her how to play various instruments. Webb attended Earlington Heights Elementary School. 

June & Shirley with Williams

Growing up in the music industry, she begin performing from the age of 6 with her sister Shirley as the "Harmony Sweethearts". They did very well, becoming popular in hotels and various small venues throughout Miami. The sisters used to sing Carter Family songs, and Patsy Montana's million seller smash hit. 

In early 1950, her family decided to go all in show business but as a family band. The family group toured the country, and performed with several Grand Ole Opry acts like Hank Williams. The families were scheduled to perform with Hank the night he died (January 1, 1953). The family moved to Nashville in 1951, due to their big success. Webb was the lead singer, despite being the youngest of three children. 

Webb's soprano voice became noticeable, and she went solo performing on her own in stints at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1954, she signed with RCA Records on a $200 a week contract, but this ended in 1956 after having no success. She signed with the Roy Acuff show as the group's female singer in 1957. One magazine article called her "The Prettiest Smokey Mountain Boy", and Billboard magazine gave her its "Most Promising Female Artist" award as voted on by country & western disc jockeys. 



Webb auditioned for Hickory Records in 1959 after Roy Acuff urged them to sign her, and she found herself signing with them a month later. However, before the first recording session she fell off a horse and suffered a broken/fractured leg. This delayed the recording session for three months, as she had a two-month hospital stay and one month of recuperation at home. 

She recorded for Hickory from 1959 until 1964, with three successful songs and five singles released. Her appearances with Acuff's show took her all over the world, including Europe and the Caribbean. She led a very private life. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in April 1961, performing regularly on their radio show. 

Webb performed her biggest hit, "Looking Glass", at the Opry on July 30, 1964, when she announced that she was leaving the Roy Acuff show. To the disappointment of the public, she left in September 1964, and was on the verge of retirement, according to a Nashville newspaper. She left Hickory Records in November 1964, but despite plenty of papers saying Webb had retired, she continued to perform within the US for another three months. 

She officially retired in February 1965, though occasionally performed in smaller venues through the mid-1960s. She continued to live a private life in South Nashville. She explored many other avenues; such, as other occupations, artwork and painting and raising a family.  

It wasn’t until August 15, 1992 that June walked out onto the Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time in three decades. She chatted with Roy Acuff on stage and then she sang two songs; I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Making Believe. After that she went back into being private person for another 18 years. 

Then in 2010 she issued a compilation CD with a new recording “June Webb then… with a hint of now,” after from which she had unexpected and unplanned country music activities and awards followed by another CD of new recordings in 2015 Reminiscing With June Webb. 

June has now retired from her 'active touring and recording career. 

(Edited from Wikipedia & June Webb Music)


boppinbob said...

For “June Webb – Then...with a hint of now! (2010 Not On Label)” go here:

1 A Mansion On The Hill 2:45
2 (I Was Just Meant) To Be Lonely 2:17
3 Conscience (Set Me Free) 2:18
4 Love Has Come My Way 2:07
5 Friendly Enemy 2:24
6 You Take The Table (I'll Take the Chairs) 2:43
7 I Wonder If You Know 2:32
8 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 2:42
9 Crewcut Romeo 2:29
10 Final Affair 2:43
11 Sweeter Than The Flowers 3:05
12 I Cried Again 2:38
13 Looking Glass 2:03
14 Hello Old Broken Heart 2:11
15 Afraid 2:20
16 Blue Darlin' 3:35
17 There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight (from Roy Acuff’s Show)
18 Oh Lonesome Me (from Roy Acuff’s Show)

A big thank you to Hit Parade for suggesting today’s birthday singer.

Bob Mac said...

Thanks Bob. I'll take a listen later.

Hitparade said...

Thank you for posting June Webb. I was able to list her singles A&B sides in chronological order. My long time favorite song has always been "A Mansion On A Hill" (29-October 1958), her remake of Hank Williams' famous version (12-October 1949). I also liked her live recording of another Hank Willaims song "There'll Be No Teardeops Tonight" (Tony Bennett 11-April 1954).

T.G. said...

Thanks a lot for this!

Aussie said...

thank youuuuuuuuu

bhdjusa said...

Thanks so very much for this compilation. Been looking for it a long time.