Leroy Van Dyke
Leroy Van Dyke
|Birth name||Leroy Frank Van Dyke|
|Born||October 4, 1929|
Mora, Missouri, U.S.
Van Dyke was born in Mora, Missouri. He lived in Spencer, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Missouri majoring in agricultural journalism. He was catapulted into country music fame in 1956 with his composition "The Auctioneer", co-written with Buddy Black, which sold over 2.5 million records. He wrote the song about the life of his cousin, National Auctioneers Association Hall of Famer Ray Sims, also a Missourian. Van Dyke had the lead role of a budding country music performer in the 1967 movie What Am I Bid?, in which Sims played himself as an auctioneer.
In his 50 years-plus career, Van Dyke has recorded more than 500 songs, dozens of them making the charts. His record of "Walk On By" (1961) was named by Billboard magazine in 1994 as the biggest country single of all time, based on sales, plays and weeks in the charts. It stayed at number one in the U.S. country chart for 19 weeks, and in all, charted for 42 weeks, also reaching No. 5 on the pop listings. It sold more than 1.5 million copies.
Other Van Dyke hits were "If A Woman Answers", "Black Cloud", "Big Man In A Big House", "Anne Of A Thousand Days", "Happy To Be Unhappy", "Night People", "Be A Good Girl", "Dim Dark Corner", "Five Steps Away", "How Long Must You Keep Me A Secret", "Afraid Of A Heartache", "Big Wide Wonderful World Of Country Music", "Birmingham", "Just A State Of Mind", "Mr. Professor", "My World Is Caving In", "The Other Boys Are Talking", "Poor Guy", "Roses From A Stranger", "Texas Tea", "Who’s Gonna Run The Truck Stop In Tuba City When I’m Gone", "Wrong Side Of The Tracks", "Your Daughter Cried All Night", "Your Money" and "The Life You Offered Me".
He was a cast member in the late 1950s on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee; and was co-host, with Bill Mack, of the Southern Baptist Radio/TV Commission-produced Country Crossroads radio show for ten years, and was later joined by a third co-host, Jerry Clower. It became the most widely syndicated radio show in country music history.
Van Dyke continues a full performance schedule, traveling from his office/home complex on his 1,000-acre (4 km²) ranch in west central Missouri near Sedalia. He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, is active in many music industry organizations and, as a sideline, raises premium quality Arabian mules. All aspects of Leroy Van Dyke Enterprises are managed by his wife, Gladys, a former legal secretary and court reporter. Their son Ben plays lead guitar in all Van Dyke performances. Leroy Van Dyke is also a Korean War veteran.
|1962||Walk On By||Mercury|
|Movin' Van Dyke|
|1963||The Great Hits|
|1964||Songs for Mom and Dad|
|At the Trade Winds|
|1965||Out of Love||Wing|
|Walk On By||Mt. Dew|
|The Leroy Van Dyke Show||Warner Bros.|
|1967||Have a Party||Mt. Dew|
|What Am I Bid||MGM|
|Just a Closer Walk with Thee|
|I've Never Been Loved Before||Harmony|
|1975||Just for You||Dot|
|1956||"The Auctioneer"||9||19||single only|
|1961||"Walk On By"||1||5||Walk On By|
|1962||"If a Woman Answers (Hang Up the Phone)"||3||35||Movin' Van Dyke|
|"Black Cloud"||16||The Great Hits|
|1964||"Happy to Be Unhappy"||54||singles only|
|1965||"Anne of a Thousand Days"||40|
|1966||"You Couldn't Get My Love Back (If You Tried)"||120|
|"Roses from a Stranger"||34||I've Never Been Loved Before|
|1967||"I've Never Been Loved"||66|
|"You May Be Too Much for Memphis, Baby"||69||Lonesome Is|
|1969||"Crack in My World"||56||singles only|
|1970||"An Old Love Affair, Now Showing"||63|
|1971||"I Get Lonely When It Rains"||62|
|1972||"I'd Rather Be Wantin' Love"||69|
|1976||"Who's Gonna Run the Truck Stop in
Tuba City When I'm Gone?"
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 580. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 935. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
- Founding President's Award (formerly Connie B. Gay Award) Archived 2012-09-19 at the Wayback Machine CMAWorld.com
- Official website
- Dauphin, Chuck. Leroy Van Dyke Opens-Up on His Career, Doubters & the Road Ahead Billboard, February 16, 2015.