Don Bowman (singer)

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Don Bowman
Birth nameRubel Don Bowman
Born(1937-08-26)August 26, 1937[1]
Lubbock, Texas, United States
DiedJune 5, 2013(2013-06-05) (aged 75)
Occupation(s)Comedian, singer, songwriter
Years active1964–2007
LabelsRCA Victor
Associated actsChet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jim Stafford, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Moe Bandy

Don Bowman (August 26, 1937 – June 5, 2013)[2] was an American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970, charting in the Top 40 with the novelty hit single "Chit Akins, Make Me a Star".[2] Bowman also worked at several radio stations, including KRZK in Branson, Missouri. At this time, he was also opening the show for Moe Bandy doing Seymore Miles.

Bowman was born in Lubbock, Texas, United States, and was the original host of the radio show American Country Countdown.[1] He hosted the show from its inception on October 6, 1973, through April 1978, after which Bob Kingsley (who had been ACC's producer since 1974) took over as host. Also, Bowman filled in for Casey Kasem on the June 16, 1973 episode of American Top 40.

In 1966, Bowman won Favorite Country Comedy Recording of the Year award from Billboard. In 1967, he was named Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association.[3]

Bowman's song "Wildwood Weed" later became a hit for Jim Stafford, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.[4]

Bowman was confined to a nursing facility after a suicide attempt in which he was saved by professionals who rushed him to the hospital, only to discover he was suffering from an aneurysm which did burst. This paralyzed him causing him to be cared for in the nursing home for almost 12 years before he died of liver and pancreatic cancer on June 5, 2013, at the age of 75. He is survived by his only 2 children.[2][5]



Year Album US Country Label
1964 Our Man in Trouble 14 RCA Victor
1965 Fresh from the Funny Farm
1966 Funny Way to Make an Album 14
1967 Don Bowman Recorded Almost Live 36
From Mexico with Laughs featuring the Tijuana Drum and Bugle Corps 42
1968 Funny Folk Flops
1969 Support Your Local Prison
1970 Whispering Country
1972 All New Mega
1979 Still Fighting Mental Health Lone Star
1981 On the Road Too Long


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[1] CAN Country[6]
1964 "Chit Akins, Make Me a Star" 14 Our Man in Trouble
1966 "Giddyup Do-Nut" 49 single only
"Surely Not" 73 Don Bowman Recorded Almost Live
1968 "Folsom Prison Blues #2" 74 Support Your Local Prison
1969 "Poor Old Ugly Gladys Jones"
(with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson)
1972 "Hello D.J." 44 All New

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Chart Positions
US Country[1] CAN Country[6]
1966 "For Loving You" Skeeter Davis 72 18
1967 "Chet's Tune" Some of Chet's Friends 38


  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 211–212. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2013 January to June". Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  3. ^ "Official website". Don Bowman. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Archive". Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Raizor's Edge Country Music: Articles, Reviews, Interviews, News, and Opinion". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Search results for Don Bowman". RPM. Retrieved 14 October 2010.

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