Velva Darnell

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Velva Darnell
Birth name Velva Humphrey
Born (1938-10-14)October 14, 1938
Battletown, Kentucky, U.S.
Died August 12, 2014(2014-08-12) (aged 75)
Hudson, Florida, U.S.
Genres Country, Pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, author
Years active 1966–2014
Labels Dot Records, Bullet, Archway

Velva Darnell (October 14, 1938 – August 12, 2014) was an American country and pop singer. She began her career appearing with bands in and around the Louisville, Kentucky area.[1]


In 1966 Darnell signed with Dot Records. Her first and only release on Dot (45-16906)(MB-21109) was on June 29 of that year. The release contained two songs penned by songwriter Hank Mills and received great reviews in Record World Magazine and the "A" side "Not Me" was predicted to hit the "Hot Country Singles Chart" in the July 23, 1966 issue of Billboard Magazine.[2]

On June 29, 1966, in the excitement and celebration of the event of the release of her first recording, her father, age 59, had a massive heart attack and died while listening to the record. It was several years before Darnell finally reconciled with her father's untimely death and returned to performing.

In 1974, Darnell, along with her husband William, co-founded the short lived recording company, Archway records.

Darnell continued touring and performing regularly until 2004.and still makes occasional appearances with some of her lifelong musician friends.

In 2010, Darnell's first book of poetry was published under the pen name Velva Darnell-Waldman. The book is titled "Poems of love and life".[3]

She died at her home in Hudson, Florida on August 12, 2014.


  • "It Keeps Slipping My Mind" Dot (1966)
  • "Not Me" Dot (1966)
  • "Are You Gambling More" Archway (1974)
  • "Seven-Eleven" Archway (1974)
  • "Lived, Loved and Lost" Bullet (1974)
  • "Seven-Eleven" Bullet (1974)


  1. ^ "Velva "Darnell" Waldman Obituary - Brandenburg, KY | The News-Enterprise". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Record World Magazine". July 9, 1966
  3. ^ Waldman, V.D. (2010). Poems of Love and Life as Seen Through the Eyes of the Heart. AuthorHouse. ISBN 9781452009919. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  4. ^ "45 Discography for Dot Records - 16000 series". Retrieved 2014-10-14.