Carl Belew

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Carl Belew
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Carl Belew in 1965
Background information
Birth name Carl Robert Belew[1]
Born (1931-04-21)April 21, 1931
Salina, Oklahoma
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Died October 31, 1990(1990-10-31) (aged 59)
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1950s-1970s
Labels Decca, RCA Victor, MCA
Associated acts Johnnie & Jack, Jim Reeves

Carl Robert Belew (April 21, 1931 in Salina, Oklahoma – October 31, 1990) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Belew recorded for Decca, RCA Victor, and MCA in the 1950s through 1970s, charting 11 times on Hot Country Songs. He also wrote singles for Johnnie & Jack, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, and others.

Career[edit]

Belew's musical career began in the 1950s when he performed on the Louisiana Hayride. He signed to Decca Records by the end of the decade, reaching number 9 on the country music charts with "Am I That Easy to Forget",[2] which was later recorded by Skeeter Davis, Debbie Reynolds, Esther Phillips, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jim Reeves, and others. Also in this period, Johnnie & Jack recorded Belew's "Stop the World and Let Me Off", while Andy Williams recorded "Lonely Street".

Belew's only other chart entry for Decca was the Number 19 "Too Much to Lose", followed by the Number 8 "Hello Out There", his first RCA Victor release, in 1962. He continued to write songs for others, including "What's He Doing in My World" by Eddy Arnold and "That's When I See the Blues" by Jim Reeves; both Waylon Jennings and Susan Raye charted in the 1970s with covers of "Stop the World and Let Me Off".[1] Belew died of cancer in 1990.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Carl Belew (1960)
  • Hello Out There (1964)
  • Am I That Easy to Forget (1965)
  • Another Lonely Night (1965)
  • Country Songs (1966)
  • Lonely Street (1967)
  • Twelve Shades of Belew (1968)
  • When My Baby Sings His Song (1972)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[2]
1959 "Am I That Easy to Forget" 9 Carl Belew
1960 "Too Much to Lose" 19
1962 "Hello Out There"A 8 Hello Out There
1964 "In the Middle of a Memory" 23 Am I That Easy To Forget
1965 "Crystal Chandelier" 12 Twelve Shades of Belew
1966 "Boston Jail" 43
"Walking Shadow, Talking Memory" 65
1967 "Girl Crazy" 65 N/A
1968 "Mary's Little Lamb" 68
1971 "All I Need Is You" (with Betty Jean Robinson) 51 When My Baby sings His Songs
1974 "Welcome Back to My World" 56 Big Time Gamblin' Man

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Carl Belew biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 46. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "DEATHS ELSEWHERE Mr. Carl Belew - Country singer, songwriter". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 1, 1990. Retrieved 14 December 2012.