Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 25 Jan. '32, Henderson TX) Deep-voiced country singer, "The Tall Texan'.Worked as radio announcer in Meridian MS; had hit on D label with Willie Nelson's "Family Bible' (no. 10 country chart '60), then 18 more country hits '61-71. On Mercury "I'll Just Have Another Cup Of Coffee', "My Ears Should Burn' (both top 5 '61; on Columbia "Mean Old Woman' '66; string on Decca incl. "I Never Had The One I Wanted' '66, "How Fast Them Trucks Can Go' '67, LPs incl. Songs Of Broken Love Affairs '62, Country Goes To Town '63 on Mercury; Sings '67, The Easy Way '68 on Decca; Presenting Claude Gray '75 on Million.