Jack Barlow

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Jack Barlow
Also known as Zoot Fenster
Born 18 May 1924
Moline, Illinois
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Died 29 July 2011
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960-2007
Labels Dial, Epic, Dot, Antique

Jack Barlow (1924-2011) was an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded on Dot Records between the 1960s and 1970s, charting seven times on Hot Country Songs.

Barlow first worked as a disc jockey before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. His first single was "I Love Country", which reached number 21 on Cash Box in 1965. Barlow later moved to Epic Records then to Dot Records, charting on Billboard for the first time in 1968 with "Baby, Ain't That Love".[1] His highest chart entry came in late 1971-early 1972, when he took "Catch the Wind" to number 26.[2] This was followed by a recording of "They Call the Wind Maria", from the 1969 Clint Eastwood film Paint Your Wagon.[1]

Barlow's last charting release was "The Man on Page 602", credited to Zoot Fenster. The song is about an image found in a 1975 Sears catalog, of a man modeling boxer shorts who appears to be inadvertently exposing his genitalia.[3] He continued to record until 2007, also singing commercial jingles and doing voiceover work. He died in mid-2011 from an undisclosed illness.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
Baby, Ain't That Love
Catch the Wind
  • Release date: 1970
  • Label: Dot Records
  • Format: LP
I Live the Country Songs I Sing
  • Release date: 1975/2007
  • Label: Antique Records
  • Format: Album/CD

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country[1] CAN Country[5]
1965 "I Love Country Music"
1968 "Baby, Ain't That Love" 40
1969 "Birmingham Blues" 55
"Nobody Wants to Hear It Like It Is" 68
1971 "Dayton, Ohio" 59
"Catch the Wind" 26 19
1972 "They Call the Wind Maria" 58
1973 "Oh Woman" 55
1975 "The Man on Page 602" (as Zoot Fenster) 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 43. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "Jack Barlow biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Mikkelson, Barb; David P. Mikkelson (May 4, 2011). "A Model Exposed". Snopes.com. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Darden, Beville (August 1, 2011). "Jack Barlow Dead at 87". The Boot. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Search results for Jack Barlow". RPM. Retrieved 17 September 2012.