Vernon Oxford in 1968
|Born||June 8, 1941|
|Labels||RCA, Meteor, Rounder|
Oxford was raised in Wichita, Kansas, where his father played old-time fiddle. He began playing professionally in Utah in 1960, mostly playing in the Kansas area in the early 1960s, then relocated to Nashville in 1964. In 1965 he met Harlan Howard, who got him signed to RCA Victor and helped him find material to record. He then released seven singles and one LP, Woman Let Me Sing You a Song; none of them charted, and he was soon dropped from RCA.
His career saw a resurgence in Britain, where he was first rediscovered in the middle of the 1970s. A best-of was issued there in 1974, and RCA signed him again to tour there. His hit singles "Shadows of My Mind", "Redneck (The Redneck National Anthem)", and "A Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Tonk Barroom Brawl" (U.S. Country No. 55, 1977) reinvigorated his career in America; in Britain, he was well known for "I've Got to Get Peter Off Your Mind" and "Field of Flowers". After a break of several years, he began a career as a gospel singer in 1981.
Mostly as an independent artist, Oxford has continued to record new material. Oxford's classic recordings have been reissued by numerous labels including a comprehensive box set from Bear Family Records and some compilations from Westside UK and the Morello label, which is a division of UK-based Cherry Red Records.
As an actor, Oxford has appeared in several films including The Thing Called Love starring River Phoenix and Coal Miner's Daughter (film), a 1980 film about American singer Loretta Lynn, who was portrayed by actress Sissy Spacek.
|1966||Woman, Let Me Sing You a Song||RCA|
|1975||By Public Demand|
|1977||I Just Want to Be a Country Singer|
|1978||A Tribute to Hank Williams||Meteor|
|1979||If I Had My Wife to Love Over||Rounder|
|1980||His and Hers|
|1981||A Better Way of Life|
|1982||Keepin' It Country|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1974||"How High Does Cotton Grow"||—||—||single only|
|1975||"I Wish You Would Leave Me Alone"||—||—||By Public Demand|
|"Giving the Pill"||—||—||I Just Want to Be a Country Singer|
|"Shadows of My Mind"||54||38|
|1976||"Your Wanting Me Is Gone"||83||—|
|"Redneck! (The Redneck National Anthem)"||17||—|
|"Clean Your Own Tables"||60||—|
|1977||"A Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Tonk Barroom Brawl"||55||—||singles only|
|"Only the Shadows Know"||87||—|
|1981||"His and Hers"||—||—||His and Hers|
|"They'll Never Take Her Love from Me"||—||—|