Peggy Sue (singer)

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Peggy Sue
Birth name Peggy Sue Webb
Born (1943-03-24) March 24, 1943 (age 72)
Origin Butcher Holler, KY, US
Genres Country,
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals,
Years active 1969 – present
Labels Decca
CR
Doorknob
Meteor
Big R
Associated acts Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Sonny Wright

Peggy Sue Webb (born March 24, 1943) is a country music singer and songwriter, who had brief success as a country singer in the late 1960s. She is the sister of two popular country performers, Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

Biography[edit]

Peggy Sue Webb was born in Butcher Hollow, Van Lear in Johnson County, Kentucky in a log cabin in Appalachian Kentucky. Her father was Melvin Theodore "Ted" Webb (born 24 Oct 1906 - 23 Feb 1959), a coal miner, storekeeper and farmer. Her mother was Clara Marie "Clarie" Ramey (born 2 May 1912 - 24 Nov 1981), a housewife and later a waitress.[1] The family was poor, living hand-to-mouth and relying on her father's pittance income. Peggy Sue had seven siblings: Melvin Webb Jr (1929-1993), Loretta Webb (1932-), Herman (1934-), Willie "Jay" Lee Webb (1937-1996), Donald Ray Webb (1941-), Betty Ruth Webb (1946-) and Brenda Gail Webb (1951-).

The family moved to Wabash Indiana in 1955 due to her father's illness from working in the coal mines. She began performing with Loretta and her brothers at venues around Wabash, Indiana, and then became a featured act in Loretta's early shows in the 1960s. Peggy Sue helped write a few of Loretta's compositions, including "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)."[2] In 1969, she signed with Decca Records and released her debut single, "I'm Dynamite," which went into the Country Top 30. That year, she released an album of the same name, and the second single from that album titled, "I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You" also reached the Top 30.[3]

After Peggy Sue had a hit with her most successful single, "All-American Husband," she left Decca Records after releasing two albums. She recorded two albums in the 1970s for two small labels.

Peggy Sue was married twice, once to Doug Wells (m.1964-div.1966) and once to Sonny Wright (m.1968-). From her first marriage, Peggy had 1 daughter: Doyletta Gail ((1965-04-06)April 6, 1965-May 1, 1980(1980-05-01) (aged 15)). Doyletta Gail was named after Doyle Wilburn, Loretta, and Crystal. Doyletta was tragically killed by her then husband in 1997.

From her second marriage, Peggy has a son and daughter: Georgia ( (1971-06-30) June 30, 1971 (age 43)) and Layla ( (1973-02-28) February 28, 1973 (age 42)).

After 1970, she didn't appear on the Billboard country charts until 1980, where she had a string of minor hits off of her second husband Sonny Wright's label Doorknob. After 1983, her success declined and in 1986 she began performing as a background singer and designing stage costumes for her sister, Crystal Gayle.[2] She continues to perform today with Crystal, and occasionally they both join up with Loretta at her ranch for a concert.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title US Country Label
1969 Dynamite! 33 Decca
1970 All-American Husband
1974 One Side (w/ Sonny Wright) CR
1977 I Just Came in Here Doorknob
1981 Gently Hold Me (w/ Sonny Wright) Big R

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Country[3] CB Country Album
1969 "I'm Dynamite" 28 10 Dynamite!
"I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You"A 30 13
1970 "After the Preacher's Gone" 65 All American Husband
"All American Husband" 37 34
"Apron Strings" 58 59
1971 "I Say, 'Yes, Sir'" 68 50 Singles only
"L-O-V-E, Love"
1974 "Two Ring Circus" (w/ Sonny Wright) One Side
1977 "Every Beat of My Heart" 34 45 I Just Came in Here
"I Just Came in Here (To Let a Little Hurt Out)" 51 64
"Good Evening Henry" 81
"If This Is What Love's All About" (w/ Sonny Wright) 100
1978 "To Be Loved" 85 88 Single only
"Let Me Down Easy" 87 91 I Just Came in Here
"All Night Long" 80 Singles only
"How I Love You in the Morning" 37 47
1979 "I Want to See Me in Your Eyes" 30 37 Gently Hold Me
"The Love Song and the Dream Belong to Me" 51 57 Single only
"Gently Hold Me" (w/ Sonny Wright) 86 92 Gently Hold Me
1980 "For as Long as You Want Me" 80 Singles only
"Why Don't You Go to Dallas" 93
  • A"I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You" also peaked at No. 27 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potter, Annette. "Melvin Ted Webb and Clara Marie Ramey". Annette Potter Family Genealogy. 
  2. ^ a b Brennan, Sandra. "Biography - Peggy Sue". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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