Van Dyke was born in Mora, Missouri. He lived in Spencer, Wisconsin, but 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.
In the UK Singles Chart Van Dyke had two hits: ”Walk On By” reached No. 5 in February 1962, and ”Big Man in a Big House” made No. 34 in May that year.
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 the 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, travelling 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 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 och andra countryartister.
Leroy van Dyke – The Auctioneer Song 1956
Leroy van Dyke – Walk on by 1961
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man 1968
Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally by her stage name Tammy Wynette, (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music’s best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was a country music icon.
Wynette was called the ”First Lady of Country Music”, and her best-known song, ”Stand by Your Man”, was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of country music. Many of her hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce, and the difficulties of man-woman relationships. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette charted 23 No. 1 songs. Along with Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, she is credited with having defined the role of women in country music during the 1970s.
Wynette’s marriage to country music singer George Jones in 1969, which ended in divorce in 1975, created a country music ”couple”, following the earlier success of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Jones and Wynette recorded a sequence of albums and singles that hit the charts throughout the 1970s and early eighties.
För Tammy finns rätt mycket skrivet på den svenska versionen av Wikipedia, men det är ju inte svårt att gå in på den engelska och leta sig ned på vänstra sidan tills man kommer till språket svenska. Tyvärr trodde jag att det var onsdag idag till ca 11:30. Detta har jag skrivit förut en gång, men troligen glömt att spara. Det finns också lite för Leroy på svenska, men det är inte särskilt mycket. Ni kan också googla på artisternas namn.
Då tog vi steget in på Countrymusikens område, även om dessa båda artister lika väl kunde gå i populärmusikens changer. Vi har ju tidigare snuddat vid countrymusiken med Sonny James, som vi lite senare ska få höra mer av, eftersom även han är lite blandad, och det vi hittills har hört kunde tillhöra både pop och Country. Hoppas att ni gillar country åtminstone lite, för det kommer det i så fall att bli mer av framledes.