Dick Damron

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Dick Damron
Birth nameJoseph Glenn Damron
Born (1934-03-22) March 22, 1934 (age 84)
Bentley, Alberta, Canada
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, banjo, violin, blues harp
Websitewww.dickdamron.com

Dick Damron (born Joseph Glenn Damron, March 22, 1934 in Bentley, Alberta[1]) is a Canadian country music singer, songwriter. Damron experimented with many musical styles in the country genre including: ‘Outlaw’, Rockabilly, Honkey Tonk, and Gospel. Over a recording career spanning 60 years he has recorded more than 25 albums, received numerous country music awards, and been inducted into the International Country Music Hall Of Fame, in Beaumont, Texas.

Early career[edit]

Damron started his career performing in both rock and country bands, including the Musical Round-Up Gang (on CKRD radio, Red Deer) and the Nightriders. His recording career began in 1957 with his original '45 Havin' A Party/ Rockin' Baby. Then, in '60 he recorded two LP’s for his own label, Holiday.In '61, he issued his first Nashville studio album on Quality Records, then had a Canadian #1 hit with "Hitchhiking" in '63. He continued recording and touring throughout the 60's, building up a growing fan base.

Damron had a breakthrough hit in 1970 with ‘Countryfied’ for Apex records.[2] He found further success throughout the 1970s with singles such as: ‘Rise ‘n’ Shine,’ ‘The Long Green Line,’ ‘Mother, Love and Country’, and ‘Susan Flowers’.

In 1978 Damron signed his first major label contract and began recording for RCA. By this point he had become an established performer in the ‘outlaw’ style and a well known songwriter. His most popular singles for RCA included ‘Silver and Shine,’ ‘Whisky Jack,’ ‘Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ol’ Boys’, and ‘Good Ol’ Time Country Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

Throughout the years Damron has performed at many notable shows and venues, including the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (1972). He also toured Europe many times throughout the 70’s and 80’s, the highlight being a performance at the Wembley International Country Music Festival in London, England. He spent 6 seasons as the resident band at Howard Hughes' Desert Inn in Las Vegas from '85 to '91. Canadian performances include appearances on Canadian television networks CBC and CTV, a concert at the Calgary Stampede, as well as numerous other performances in clubs, concerts, festivals, and fairs. The last few decades, DD has been spent his winters in Mazatlan, Mexico where he continues to perform shows for sold out crowds.

Musical Contacts[edit]

As a solo artist, Damron has been known to play with a wide circle of top notch musicians, including Jerry Reed and Buddy Emmons in Nashville sessions, and James Burton sitting in at a Las Vegas jam. He has rubbed elbows and shared stages with Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Hawkins and many others. The Stoney Creek Band, featuring Brian Richard, Sam Taylor and Myron Szott, was his main backup group over the years. His gregarious nature has earned him many friends along the way. His songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Charlie Pride, George Hamilton IV, Wilf Carter, Carroll Baker, Gary Buck, Terry Carisse, Jimmy Arthur Ordge, Orval Prophet, and Rhythm Pals.

Awards[edit]

Damron has won too many awards to list completely, but here is a sample: The Big Country award as top country music composer in 1976 and '84, best male country singer award in the years 1976-1978, and '83. ‘Susan Flowers’ was declared the Big Country best country single in 1997. He has won CCMA awards as best male vocalist (1983), instrumentalist (1985), entertainer (1989), and for best single in 1984 (‘Jesus, it’s me again’). Texas Proud Award '80-'83. He was also inducted into the International Country Music Hall of Fame, in Beaumont Texas on October 14, 2001. Seven time BMI Songwriter Award winner.

Author DD has also written three published books, two fictional thrillers (Rockabye Baby Blues and Pacific Coast Radio) and an autobiography (The Legend and the Legacy).

Discography[edit]

Note: Bear Family Records, a company dedicated to preserving music of historical value, has acquired the rights to much of Damron's portfolio and released a multi-CD collection of his works, from the early days to his most recent output.

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
CAN Country
1961 and 1963 The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron
1967 Canadiana Souvenir Album
1968 Dick Damron
1969 Lonesome City
1971 Countryfied
1973 The Cowboy and the Lady
1974 Northwest Rebellion
1975 Soldier of Fortune
1976 North Country Skyline
1978 Lost in the Music 12
1980 Life Story
High on You
1981 The Best of Dick Damron
1982 Honky Tonk Angel
1984 Last Dance on Saturday Night 18
1987 Night Music
Dick Damron
1989 The Legend and the Legacy
1992 Mirage
1993 Wings Upon the Wind: Christian Country Collection
1994 Touch the Sky: Christian Country Collection II
1995 Dick Damron: The Anthology
1997 Still Countrified
2002 Died and Gone to Mexico
2004 The Big Picture
2008 Farewell to Arms
2011 More Than Countryfied: The Early Recordings
2012 Lost in the Music: The Recordings

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart
positions
Album
CAN Country CAN AC
1959 "Gonna Have a Party" Non-album songs
1960 "That's What I Call Livin'"
1961 "I Guess That's Life"
"Little Sandy" The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron
1962 "Times Like This"
1964 "Hitch Hikin'" 1
1970 "Countryfied" 1 Countryfied
1971 "Rise 'n' Shine" 1
1972 "The Long Green Line" 4 15
1973 "Walk a Country Mile" 27
"Going Home to the Country" 19
"The Prophet" 28 The Cowboy and the Lady
1974 "Bitter Sweet Songs" 2
1975 "Mother, Love and Country" 5 Soldier of Fortune
1976 "On the Road" 1 3
"Good Ol' Fashion Memories" 3
"Waylon's T-Shirt" 13 North Country Skyline
1977 "Susan Flowers" 1
"Charing Cross Cowboys" 28
1978 "Whiskey Jack" 9 Lost in the Music
"My Good Woman" 16
"Silver and Shine" 7 High on You
1979 "High on You" 12
"The Ballad of T.J.'s" 14
1980 "Dollars" 20
1981 "If You Need Me Lord" 29 The Best of Dick Damron
"Mid-nite Flytes" 30
"Reunion" 9 Honky Tonk Angel
1982 "Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ol' Boys" 7
"Good Ol' Time Country Rock 'N' Roll" 9
"Jesus It's Me Again" 25
1983 "I'm Not Ready for the Blues" 30 Dick Damron (1987)
1984 "A Little More Country Music" 22 Last Dance on Saturday Night
"Riding Shotgun" 30
1985 "Last Dance on Saturday Night" 28
1986 "Masquerade" 35 Dick Damron (1987)
1987 "1955" 48
"You'd Still Be Here Today" 28
"Cinderella & the Gingerbread Man" 15
1988 "St. Mary's Angel" 45
"Here We Go Again" *
1989 "The Legend and the Legacy" 34 The Legend and the Legacy
"Ain't No Trains to Nashville" 20
1990 "Midnite Cowboy Blues" 32
1991 "Wild Horses" 14

Singles with Ginny Mitchell[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
CAN Country
1985 "Falling in and Out of Love" 27 Non-album songs
"Rise Against the Wind" 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ CCMA Hall of Fame Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ From the Music Capitals of the World. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 17 October 1970. pp. 1–. ISSN 0006-2510.

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