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Porter Wagoner

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Porter Wayne Wagoner (August 12, 1927 – October 28, 2007) was an American country music singer. Famous for his flashy Nudie suits and blond pompadour, Wagoner introduced a young Dolly Parton to his long-running television show. Together, “Porter and Dolly” were a well-known duet team for many years. Parton wrote the song “I Will Always Love You” after Wagoner suggested she shift from story songs to focus on love songs.

His first band, The Blue Ridge Boys, performed on radio station KWPM from a butcher shop in his native West Plains, Missouri where Wagoner cut meat. Wagoner’s big break came in 1951, when he was hired as a performer by station KWTO in Springfield, Missouri. This led to a contract with RCA Records. With lagging sales, Wagoner and his trio played schoolhouses for the gate proceeds.

In 1953, his song entitled “Trademark” became a hit for Carl Smith, followed by a few hits of his own on RCA. He was a featured performer on ABC’s Ozark Jubilee and moved to Nashville and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1957.

Wagoner was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002. His 81 charted records include “Satisfied Mind” (#1, 1955), “Misery Loves Company” (#1, 1962), “I’ve Enjoyed As Much of This As I Can Stand” (#7, 1962–1963), “Sorrow on the Rocks” (#5, 1964), “Green, Green Grass of Home” (#4, 1965), “Skid Row Joe” (#3, 1965–1966), “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” (#2, 1967), and “The Carroll County Accident” (#2, 1968–1969).

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  • maquinas

    Men's got some tunes!

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • AmericanaPhD

    I grew up just a few miles from PW's home town of West Plains, Mo., where he was/is such a legend that the main drag is called Porter Wagoner Blvd. I watched his show every Saturday afternoon as a kid, awed that someone from the backwoods of the Ozark hills had his own TV show. I remember his introducing Dolly and hearing her sing "Coat of Many Colors" for the first time. Cajungrandma is right: the Wagonmasters were a great band. I can still the faces of the fiddler and steel guitar player. I wonder if those old shows are archived somewhere on the Internet? Thanks for the memories, Porter and last.fm.

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • benadlard

    Katy Did only has 52 plays and half of those are mine!

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • steamboat58

    One of the best.

    6 May 2009 Reply
  • benadlard

    Seconded great country star, The Rubber Room, what a track

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • bigfanofmusic

    Another great country star that doesn't get the attention he truly deserves! And that's why i made this group: Country from the 50s & 60s To make sure that classic country artists like Porter won't be forgotten. It was he who made Dolly known to the world and he made outstanding songs/albums himself. R.I.P. Porter.

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SweetMelissa12

    Feel free to check out and join the Country Artist of the Week group. Members can vote for their favorite country artists to be the group's "Country Artist of the Week".

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    one of the best sounds...

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • PandaGetSad

    yeahh ♥

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    He will be missed.... I watch the reruns on RFD tv . I enjoy him . He truly had a great sense of Humor and a serious side as well. Porter had some of the best musicians in his band. He will forever be in my heart. Keep on singing Porter !

    18 Jan 2009 Reply
  • hi2ufriend

    Aww! I want his music, but can't seem to find it anywhere on the net ;(. Maybe because i didn't look hard enough, but oh well. Some of you listeners may have something, if you do, send it to me. Don't care if it is a best of compilation, would be nice to get some music from him. YouTube has a lot of great songs, but I don't really like clicking my way from video to video. Especially when I'm doing other things.

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • onememphisdude

    Carroll county is in Tennessee. Walter Browning was a former state govenor. As I understand , this song is based upon a true story. Rest in peace, Porter.

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Blackleg1979

    Still so underrated. No shouts for a year? For shame!

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • brownda7

    RIP. And i just discovered you.

    13 Nov 2007 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    RIP Mr. Wagoner!

    5 Nov 2007 Reply
  • foxyluva

    R.I.P my man :(

    29 Oct 2007 Reply
  • brettac1

    Wagonmaster is excellent to be sure.

    31 Jul 2007 Reply
  • davidn87

    It's a disgrace that Wagonmaster charted so low. Real Country should be on top.

    28 Jun 2007 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    The Rubber Room! What a chilling masterpiece this man created! Fantastic!

    28 Jun 2007 Reply

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