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|Birth name||Joseph Glenn Damron|
|Born||March 22, 1934|
Bentley, Alberta, Canada
|Instruments||Guitar, banjo, violin, blues harp|
Dick Damron (born Joseph Glenn Damron, March 22, 1934 in Bentley, Alberta) 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.
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. 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.
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.
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).
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.
|1961 and 1963||The Nashville Sound of Dick Damron||—|
|1967||Canadiana Souvenir Album||—|
|1973||The Cowboy and the Lady||—|
|1975||Soldier of Fortune||—|
|1976||North Country Skyline||—|
|1978||Lost in the Music||12|
|High on You||—|
|1981||The Best of Dick Damron||—|
|1982||Honky Tonk Angel||—|
|1984||Last Dance on Saturday Night||18|
|1989||The Legend and the Legacy||—|
|1993||Wings Upon the Wind: Christian Country Collection||—|
|1994||Touch the Sky: Christian Country Collection II||—|
|1995||Dick Damron: The Anthology||—|
|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||—|
|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"||—||—|
|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|
|"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||—|
|1981||"If You Need Me Lord"||29||—||The Best of Dick Damron|
|"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|
|1985||"Last Dance on Saturday Night"||28||—|
|1986||"Masquerade"||35||—||Dick Damron (1987)|
|"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||—|
Singles with Ginny Mitchell
|1985||"Falling in and Out of Love"||27||Non-album songs|
|"Rise Against the Wind"||14|