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Red Sovine

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Woodrow Wilson “Red” Sovine (July 17, 1918 — April 4, 1980) was a country music singer. He was associated with truck driving songs, particularly those recited as narratives, but set to music. The most famous example of this is his 1976 number one hit “Teddy Bear”.

Born in 1918 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was taught how to play guitar by his mother. His first venture into music was with his childhood friend Johnnie Bailes, with whom he performed as “Smiley and Red, the Singing Sailors” in the country music revue Jim Pike’s Carolina Tar Heels on WWVA in Wheeling, West Virginia. Faced with limited success, Bailes left to perform as part of The Bailes Brothers. Sovine got married, and continued to sing on Charleston radio, while holding down a job as a supervisor of a hosiery factory. With the encouragement of Bailes, Sovine formed The Echo Valley Boys.

After a year of performing in West Virginia, Sovine moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where the Bailes Brothers were performing on KWKH. Sovine’s own early morning show wasn’t very popular, but he gained greater exposure performing on the famed KWKH radio program, “The Louisiana Hayride”. One of his co-stars was Hank Williams, who steered Sovine toward a better time slot at WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama, and toward a contract with MGM Records in 1949. In that same year, Red replaced Williams on Louisiana Hayride when Williams jumped to the Grand Ole Opry.

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  • BallerCraig

    i LOVE him!

    19 Jun 5:36pm Reply
  • stwza

    I don't think I can not cry while listening to Red.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • misol101

    An incredibly funny man. Thanks for all the laughs, Red!

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • SKUNKnPIG

    first two words of Teddy Bear and I gotta lump in ma throat and a tear in my eye...............

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • arnxx

    HERO!!

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • epi_gee

    was here...

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Tagindragon

    What A Man!!!

    16 Sep 2007 Reply
  • skodamz

    First time I listened to Teddy Bear. I was at the top of a ladder and came stright down to earth with a tear in my eye !

    26 May 2007 Reply
  • drclawizdead

    Red is the man! You can keep your new country bullshit. Give me the classics.

    6 Apr 2007 Reply

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