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Dick Curless


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Richard William Curless (March 17, 1932 – May 25, 1995) was an American country-music singer, a pioneer of the trucking music genre, commonly known as the “Baron of Country Music.” He was easily distinguished because of the patch he usually wore over his right eye.

Curless was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, in 1932, and moved with his family to Massachusetts at the age of eight. In 1948, Curless began his music career in Ware, Massachusetts, where he hosted a radio show and toured with a local band called the “Trail Blazers.” He married his wife, Pauline, in 1951, and only six months after the wedding, he was drafted into the army. He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 first as a truck driver and later as a radio host with the stage name “Rice Paddy Ranger.”

He returned home to Maine in 1954 and continued performing on radio shows, but he spent much of the following year, 1955, in the privacy of his home due to a chronic illness. In 1956, Curless returned to the public spotlight and appeared on the CBS television show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. He spent much of the late 1950s performing in clubs in California and Las Vegas but occasionally returned home to Maine to recover from periods of illness and fatigue.


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  • Schwefelgezwerg

    Why isn't he a household name? Amazing voice, so many good songs.

    3 May 10:38pm Reply
  • JigsawXXXX

    Great classic country here. I love "Tombstone Every Mile". It's on youtube if you want to hear it.

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Finnagen

    Have never heard of this guy till today. Love his style of country music.

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Dick had a fantastic voice - love the live album, :Chick Inspector" is one of the best country tracks ever.

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • bcb_radio

    Cool, I need to hear more!

    30 Jun 2009 Reply

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