Peggy Sue (singer)

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Peggy Sue
Birth name Peggy Sue Webb
Born (1943-03-24) March 24, 1943 (age 73)
Origin Butcher Hollow, Kentucky
Genres Country,
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals,
Years active 1966-present
Labels Decca
CR
Doorknob
Meteor
Big R
Associated acts Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Sonny Wright

Peggy Sue Wright (née Webb; born March 24, 1943) is a country music singer and songwriter, who had brief success as a country singer in the late 1960s. She is the middle sister of two popular country performers, Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. Her older brother Jay Lee was a country music singer/songwriter in the 1960s also.

Biography[edit]

Peggy Sue Wright was born in a log cabin in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky on March 24, 1943. She is the daughter of homemaker Clara Marie "Clary" (née Ramey; May 5, 1912 – November 24, 1981) and coal miner Melvin Theodore "Ted" Webb (October 24, 1906 – February 23, 1959).

The family was poor; living hand-to-mouth and relying on her father's meager income. In addition to Wright, the other seven Webb children are:

  • Melvin Webb (December 4, 1929 – July 1, 1993)
  • Loretta Lynn (née Webb; April 14, 1932)
  • Herman Webb (September 3, 1934)
  • Jay Lee (born Willie Lee Webb; February 12, 1936 – July 31, 1996)
  • Donald Ray Webb (April 2, 1941)
  • Betty Ruth Webb (January 5, 1946)
  • Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb; January 9, 1951)

The family moved to Wabash, Indiana in 1955 due to her father's illness from working in the coal mines; he would die in 1959 of Black lung disease. She began performing with Loretta and her brothers at venues around Wabash. Wright then became a featured act in Loretta's early shows in the 1960s. She also helped write a few of Loretta's compositions, including "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)."[1] In 1969, she signed with Decca Records and released her debut single, "I'm Dynamite," which went into the Country Top 30. That same year she released an album of the same name. The second single from that album titled, "I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You" also reached the Top 30.[2]

After Peggy Sue had a hit with her most successful single, "All-American Husband," she left Decca Records after releasing two albums. Next, Wright recorded two albums in the 1970s for two small labels.

Peggy Sue was married twice. Her first marriage was to Douglas Wells (m.1964-div.1968); the second to Sonny Wright (m.1970-). From her first marriage, Peggy had one daughter: Doyletta Gayle; born May 30, 1967. Doyletta Gayle was named after Doyle Wilburn and Wright's sisters: Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle. Doyletta became a victim of spousal abuse when she was killed by her spouse on February 22, 1991.

From her second marriage, Peggy has a son and daughter: Georgia; born (1971-06-30) June 30, 1971 (age 45), and Layla; born (1973-02-28) February 28, 1973 (age 43).

After 1970, she didn't appear on the Billboard country charts until 1980. Beginning then, she had a small string of minor hits off of her second husband Sonny Wright's label, Doorknob. After 1983 her success began to decline. In 1986 she began performing as a background singer and designing stage costumes for her younger sister, Crystal Gayle.[1] She continues to perform with Gayle today. Occasionally they both join up with older sister Loretta Lynn for a concert at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee ranch.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title US Country Label
1969 Dynamite! 33 Decca
1970 All-American Husband
1974 One Side (w/ Sonny Wright) CR
1977 I Just Came in Here Doorknob
1981 Gently Hold Me (w/ Sonny Wright) Big R

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Country[2] CB Country Album
1969 "I'm Dynamite" 28 10 Dynamite!
"I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You"A 30 13
1970 "After the Preacher's Gone" 65 All American Husband
"All American Husband" 37 34
"Apron Strings" 58 59
1971 "I Say, 'Yes, Sir'" 68 50 Singles only
"L-O-V-E, Love"
1974 "Two Ring Circus" (w/ Sonny Wright) One Side
1977 "Every Beat of My Heart" 34 45 I Just Came in Here
"I Just Came in Here (To Let a Little Hurt Out)" 51 64
"Good Evening Henry" 81
"If This Is What Love's All About" (w/ Sonny Wright) 100
1978 "To Be Loved" 85 88 Single only
"Let Me Down Easy" 87 91 I Just Came in Here
"All Night Long" 80 Singles only
"How I Love You in the Morning" 37 47
1979 "I Want to See Me in Your Eyes" 30 37 Gently Hold Me
"The Love Song and the Dream Belong to Me" 51 57 Single only
"Gently Hold Me" (w/ Sonny Wright) 86 92 Gently Hold Me
1980 "For as Long as You Want Me" 80 Singles only
"Why Don't You Go to Dallas" 93
  • A"I'm Gettin' Tired of Babyin' You" also peaked at No. 27 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brennan, Sandra. "Biography - Peggy Sue". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 320–321. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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