Andrew Jackson (Jack) Rhodes (1907–1968) was an American country music producer and songwriter with songwriting credits on over 100 released records. Several of his songs became hit records, including "A Satisfied Mind", "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", "Conscience I'm Guilty", "The Waltz of the Angels", "Beautiful Lies", and "Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall". Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 (posthumously), he is most recently celebrated as one of the founding fathers of Rockabilly, imparting a country/rock infusion. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2009, and memorabilia is currently on exhibit at the Mineola Historical Museum in Mineola, Texas.
Jack Rhodes is recognised for the groundbreaking Rockabilly songs, "Rockin Bones", "Action Packed" and "Woman Love". Revered as an influential mentor for many an upstart artist in the mid to late 1950s, he and his fellow collaborators wrote many songs for Gene Vincent while on the Capitol label.
BMI awarded him for over a million radio broadcasts for "Silver Threads and Golden Needles", and has received numerous gold records for various releases. One of these was a US country music #1 Hit with "A Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner.
Rhodes started his career as a songwriter after breaking his back in a work-related accident. While recovering, he began writing songs, trying to stave off the boredom of being bedridden.
Throughout his early years, Jack Rhodes formed several groups with his step-brother, Leon Payne, The Lone Star Buddies being among the most famous. The group released several singles and were regulars at The Louisiana Hayride, as well as performing throughout East Texas and Louisiana. He also formed The Jack Rhodes Ramblers.
Rhodes founded his own record label, "National Sounds", under his company, All-Roads Music. However, pressings from this label are rare and much sought after by collectors. Most releases were Rockabilly songs, although some standard country songs were also made.
"The Lone Star Buddies"
"Mama Loves Papa, and Papa Loves the Women"
Covers and Movie Soundtracks
Porter Wagoner — "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
Johnny Cash — "Kill Bill Vol. 2"
The Byrds — "Woman Love"
Gene Vincent — "The Singing Detective"
Hazel Dickens — "By The Sweat Of My Brow"
Jack Rhodes was born in 1908 in Van Zandt County, Texas. Little is known about his early childhood except that he never completed school. It has been rumored that he only made it through the third grade. Like many school-age children during that period, he quit to help support his family. During World War II, he worked in the Houston, Texas shipyards, where he eventually injured his back in a fall and, as a result, began songwriting.
Leon Payne (Rhodes' step-brother) wrote "I Love You Because", which has been covered by — among others — Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley LP, 1956), Al Martino (Billboard Hot 100 #3, 1963), Jim Reeves (UK Singles Chart #5, 1964), Johnny Cash, Matt Monro and Slim Whitman.
Rhodes' first wife's name was Lucille, although the date of their marriage is unknown. They had three sons, called Bobby, Billy Jack and Don, and a daughter, Wanda. Bobby was killed while crossing traffic as a young boy.
Rhodes divorced Lucille in the mid to early 1950s, and in 1955 married Loretta Williams. They had one son, Buddy, in 1956.
In October 1968, Jack Rhodes died of a heart attack.
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- "Nashville Songwriters Foundation". Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2012-01-26.