Darrell McCall

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Darrell McCall
Born (1940-04-30) April 30, 1940 (age 81)
New Jasper, Ohio, United States
GenresCountry, Outlaw Country
Years active1958–present
LabelsPhilips, Wayside, Atlantic, Columbia, Hillside, RCA, Indigo
Associated actsJohnny Bush
Willie Nelson
Johnny Paycheck
Hank Williams Jr.

Darrell McCall (born April 30, 1940) is a country music performer, known for his honky tonk and traditional country musical style at the height of his career in the 1960s, and his return to popularity during the Outlaw country era in the late 1970s.

Early life[edit]

McCall was born and raised in New Jasper Township, Greene County, Ohio. He was a boyhood friend of fellow future musician Johnny Paycheck. At the age of 15, he landed a job as a disc jockey at a local Ohio radio show on Saturday mornings. During this time, he also performed as a musician at dances and other events. After graduating from high school, McCall joined the military and was stationed in Kentucky.[1]


In 1958, after finishing his duty in the army, McCall moved to Nashville with Paycheck to record as a duo. The duo failed but McCall soon found work as a background singer during recording sessions for various artists including Faron Young, George Jones and Ray Price. Next, he began to tour with the bands of Young, Price and the newcomer Hank Williams Jr.[1]

In 1959, McCall was contacted by Nashville producer Buddy Killen, and asked to join a pop band he was forming called The Little Dippers. The band released the top ten pop hit "Forever" in 1960. The next year, McCall was signed by Capitol Records as a solo singer. He released two singles for the label, but neither charted and the performer was subsequently released by Capitol. In 1962, McCall signed with Philips Records as a country music singer. He released the hit "A Stranger Was Here," which peaked at No. 17. Later in the year he performed the theme for the film Hud, which starred actor Paul Newman.[1]

McCall decided to begin an acting career in 1965. He appeared in numerous films including Nashville Rebel, Road to Nashville and What Am I Bid. During his acting career, McCall also traveled to the American Southwest to perform in rodeos as a cowboy. In 1968, he decided to return to recording.[1]

In 1968, McCall signed with "Wayside Records" and released four singles. In 1970, he released his first album, Meet Darrell McCall for Mercury Records. Hank Williams Jr. recorded a song penned by McCall in 1971 entitled "Eleven Roses." It became a No. 1 hit for Williams and resulted in a songwriting contract offer from "Tree International Publishing" for McCall, who accepted. In 1974, he signed with Atlantic Records, releasing the single "There's Still a Lot of Love in San Antone." The following year he left Atlantic and signed with Columbia records. During this period his popularity grew due to the Outlaw Country sound being pushed into the mainstream. With Columbia he recorded the hit duet "Lily Dale" with Willie Nelson, which became a top 40 hit and was awarded the "Best Duet of 1977" by Cash Box Magazine. After a few more singles with the label, McCall signed with Hillside Records in 1980 and released a single, but then decided to sign with RCA Records. With RCA, he released his final top 40 hit "Long Line of Empties." His final charting single "Memphis in May" was released for Indigo Records in 1984. In 1986, McCall recorded two albums, including one with Johnny Bush. Following these releases, he stopped recording but continued to tour.[1] However, he did appear as the lead singer on a few tracks of the Ace in the Hole's 1995 debut album.[2]

McCall continues to tour and perform on a regular basis. His wife Mona is also part of the touring band, where she contributes guitar and vocals. More recently, McCall began recording new material for Heart of Texas Records, an independent record label specializing in classic country music. He has released several albums through the label, including studio albums, a greatest hits collection and a duets record called "Survivors," with fellow classic country artists Curtis Potter and Tony Booth.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album US Country Label
1969 Meet Darrell McCall 35 Wayside
1977 Lily Dale Columbia
1980 Texas Dance Hall Music Hillside
1986 Hot Texas Country Step One
Reunion BGM
1992 All She Did Was Fall in Love Artap
1995 A Way to Survive
1996 Pictures Can't Talk Back
2005 Old Memories and Wine Heart of Texas
2008 Lily Dale
2009 "Keeping With Tradition"
2010 "The Survivors"
2012 Survivors II
2013 Country From the Heart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1996 Real McCall Bear Family
2006 The Essential Darrell McCall Heart of Texas
2009 All She Did was Fall in Love/A Way to Survive


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1961 "My Kind of Lovin'" singles only
"Call the Zoo"
1962 "Dear One"
"I Can Take His Baby Away"
1963 "A Stranger Was Here" (with The Milestones) 17
1964 "Keeping My Feet on the Ground"
"Step by Step"
1968 "I'd Love to Live with You Again" 67 Meet Darrell McCall
"Wall of Pictures" 60
1969 "Hurry Up" 53
"Hide and Go Cheat" singles only
1970 "The Arms of My Weakness" 62
"Sally Bryson"
1972 "Jacue Pierre Bordeaux"
"I'll Break Out Again"
1973 "Rainbow at Midnight"
"Goodbye of the Year"
1974 "There's Still a Lot of Love in San Antone" 48
"Where Is That All"
1975 "Cold Beer Signs"
1976 "Pins and Needles (In My Heart)" 52 Lily Dale
"I Come Home to Face the Music"
1977 "Lily Dale" (with Willie Nelson) 32
"Dreams of a Dreamer" 35
1978 "Down the Roads of Daddy's Dreams" 59 singles only
"The Weeds Outlived the Roses" 91 47
1979 "Fraulein" (with Curtis Potter) Texas Dance Hall Music
"Part Time Lover Full Time Heartache" (with Curtis Potter)
1980 "San Antonio Medley" (with Curtis Potter) 89
"Long Line of Empties" 43 56 singles only
1984 "Memphis in May" 79

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country
1982 "There's Still a Lot of Love in San Antone" Connie Hanson (as "Connie Hanson & Friend") 64 Single only


  1. ^ a b c d e Darrell McCall, CMT.
  2. ^ Mazak, Grant. Ace in the Hole Band, Texas Music History Online, 2006.