Nat Stuckey

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Nat Stuckey
Birth name Nathan Stuckey[1]
Born (1933-12-17)December 17, 1933
Cass County, Texas
Died August 24, 1988(1988-08-24) (aged 54)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1965–1988
Labels Paula, RCA, MCA

Nathan Wright "Nat" Stuckey (December 17, 1933 – August 24, 1988)[2] was an American country singer. He recorded for various labels between 1966 and 1978, charting in the top 10 of Hot Country Songs with "Sweet Thang", "Plastic Saddle", "Sweet Thang and Cisco" and "Take Time to Love Her"

Biography[edit]

Reared in Atlanta in Cass County, Texas, Stuckey attended Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, from which he earned a radio and television degree.[1] Nat established himself as a radio announcer, first at KALT in Atlanta, Texas, and then at KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked alongside legendary announcer Frank Page.[3] At KWKH, Stuckey, along with Jim Reeves, became a member of the former Country music show known as the Louisiana Hayride.

In 1965, Stuckey co-wrote Buck Owens' number-one single "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line". He then wrote and recorded "Sweet Thang" on Paula Records.

Another of Stuckey's compositions, "Pop a Top", was recorded by Jim Ed Brown on RCA Records in 1967. A year later, Stuckey signed with RCA himself. Among his hits for RCA were "Plastic Saddle" and "Sweet Thing and Cisco".

Stuckey teamed with Connie Smith on the duet of "Young Love", followed by another single and two albums. The duo was in the final nominations for a Grammy for their version of "Whispering Hope".

After seven years with RCA, Stuckey signed with MCA Records. With Conway Twitty and David Barnes producing, his single "Sun Comin' Up" made the top 20, but none of his other MCA releases did. He last charted in 1978 with the number 26 single "The Days of Sand and Shovels".[1]

Stuckey also went on to direct in producing sessions, along with announcing and singing jingles on hundreds of regional and national commercials. He wrote two jingles for Coca-Cola in the 1970s, recorded twenty-two spots of McDonald's, and was the singing voice on the last Spuds MacKenzie commercial for Budweiser. He continued recording jingles into the 1980s.[1]

Another project was the ownership of Music Row Talent, Inc., a booking agency in Nashville, Tennessee, which was in business for twelve years. Through his Texas Promise Land Development Company, Nat began acquiring land in both Tennessee and Texas.

Shortly before Stuckey's death, Randy Travis released "Diggin' Up Bones", which Stuckey co-wrote.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Country Label
1966 Nat Stuckey Really Sings 6 Paula
1967 All My Tomorrows 28
1968 Stuckey Style
Nat Stuckey Sings 37 RCA Victor
1969 Keep 'Em Country 27
Young Love (w/ Connie Smith) 29
New Country Roads 27
1970 Sunday Morning with Nat Stuckey & Connie Smith (w/ Connie Smith)
Old Man Willis
Country Fever 38
1971 She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning 20
Only a Woman Like You
1972 Forgive Me for Calling You Darling 37
Is It Any Wonder That I Love You 40
1973 Take Time to Love Her / I Used It All On You 37
1974 The Best of Nat Stuckey 33
1976 Independence 37 MCA

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1965 "Hurting Again" single only
1966 "Don't You Believe Her" Nat Stuckey Really Sings
"Sweet Thang" 4
1967 "Oh! Woman" 17
"All My Tomorrows" 27 All My Tomorrows
"You're Puttin' Me On" 67
"Adorable Women" 41
1968 "My Can Do Can't Keep Up with My Want To" 17 Stuckey Style
"Leave This One Alone" 63 single only
"Plastic Saddle" 9 8 Nat Stuckey Sings
1969 "Joe and Mabel's 12th Street Bar and Grill" 13
"Cut Across Shorty" 15 New Country Roads
"Young Love" (w/ Connie Smith) 20 Young Love
"Sweet Thang and Cisco" 8 4 Country Fever
1970 "Sittin' in Atlanta Station" 33 16 single only
"If God Is Dead (Who's That Living in My Soul)" (w/ Connie Smith) 59 Sunday Morning
"Old Man Willis" 31 31 Old Man Willis
"Whiskey, Whiskey" 31 Country Fever
1971 "She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning
(And She Loves Me to Sleep Every Night)"
11 5 She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning
"Only a Woman Like You" 24 Only a Woman Like You
"I'm Gonna Act Right" 17 34 Forgive Me for Calling You Darling
1972 "Forgive Me for Calling You Darling" 16 6
"Is It Any Wonder That I Love You" 26 Is It Any Wonder That I Love You
"Don't Pay the Ransom" 18 28
1973 "Take Time to Love Her" 10 14 Take Time to Love Her / I Used It All On You
"I Used It All On You" 22 14
"Got Leaving On Her Mind" 14 36 singles only
1974 "You Never Say You Love Me Anymore" 31 95
"It Hurts to Know the Feeling's Gone" 42
"You Don't Have to Go Home" 36
1975 "Boom Boom Barroom Man" 85
1976 "Sun Comin' Up" 13 33 Independence
"The Way He's Treated You" 46
"That's All She Ever Said Except Goodbye" 42
1977 "The Shady Side of Charlotte" 48 singles only
"Fallin' Down"
"Buddy, I Lied" 63
"I'm Coming Home to Face the Music" 62
1978 "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" 66
"The Days of Sand and Shovels" 26 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 410. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Nat Stuckey at Find-A-Grave
  3. ^ "Frank Page Obituary". Shreveport Times. Retrieved January 12, 2013.