Bob Gallion

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Bob Gallion
Born(1924-04-22)April 22, 1924
Ashland, Kentucky
OriginNashville, Tennessee
DiedAugust 20, 1999(1999-08-20) (aged 75)
Williamstown, West Virginia
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer, talent agent
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1958–1973
LabelsMGM
Hickory
United Artists
Associated actsPati Powell

Bob Gallion (April 22, 1924 in Ashland, Kentucky – August 20, 1999) was an American country music singer. Between 1958 and 1973, he recorded for various country labels, charting nine times on the Hot Country Songs charts. His biggest hit was "Wall to Wall Love", which went to number 5 in 1962.

Biography[edit]

Bob Gallion was born April 22, 1924 in Ashland, Kentucky.[1] In the 1940s, he worked as a session guitar player before joining Stoney Cooper and Wilma Lee Cooper's band.[2] Gallion recorded for MGM Records in the 1950s, releasing the singles "That's What I Tell My Heart" and "You Take the Table and I'll Take the Chairs". In September 1959, he joined the promotion staff at Acuff-Rose Music.[3]

Moving to Hickory Records in 1960, he charted five more singles, including the top 10 hits "Loving You (Was Worth This Broken Heart" and "Wall to Wall Love".[1] Gallion worked as a disc jockey for WGUN in Atlanta Georgia, then returned to recording in 1968 with the single "Pick a Little Happy Song" on United Artists Records. He also toured with Pati Powell and performed at the WWVA Jamboree,[4] and charted one last time with the duet "Love by Appointment".[1] After this song, Gallion retired as a performer and worked at a booking agency.[2]

Gallion died in 1999 at age 75, in Williamstown, West Virginia. He was survived by his wife, June, who continued to run his booking agency.[5]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Country[1]
1958 "That's What I Tell My Heart" 28
1959 "You Take the Table and I'll Take the Chairs" 18
1960 "Loving You (Was Worth This Broken Heart)" 7
1961 "One Way Street" 20
"Sweethearts Again" 20
1962 "Wall to Wall Love" 5
1963 "Ain't Got Time for Nothin'" 23
1968 "Pick a Little Happy Song" 71
1973 "Love by Appointment" (with Pati Powell) 99

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 154. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b "Bob Gallion biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bob Gallion signs with Acuff-Rose". Billboard. 71 (36): 8. September 7, 1959.
  4. ^ Tribe, Ivan M. (1996). Mountaineer jamboree: country music in West Virginia. University Press of Kentucky. p. 65.
  5. ^ "Final Curtain". Amusement Business. September 13, 1999. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2011.