Number 16 in my list of Icons YOU NEED to know is Elton Britt.
He was born James Elton Baker on June 17th 1913 and was a VERY scarce and overlooked performer
who recorded almost 60 albums for various labels during a time when country music was just
first being brought to the American public by Hank Williams and Roy Acuff.
He was born with heart troubles and because of this he was not expected to live. His parents
never named him until he was a year old!
His father was a local doctor who kept him alive, and because of his fragile condition
he was a spoiled and pampered child.
He practiced yodeling by manipulating his breath under water,and could hold a note
for an amazing length of time.
He wrote and co-wrote many of the songs he made famous including “Chime Bells” which was
made more famous by Don Winters, and ‘Candy Kisses” which of course was made famous
by George Morgan.
He was one of Hollywood’s finest yodeling cowboys and starred in two movies
and also was a television performer. And was often compared to Jimmie Rodgers.
In 1960 he ran for president of the United States on the Democratic ticket.
He had records up until 1968 and in 1972 he died of a heart attack.
HERE you can sign a petition to elect him to be
a member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
He was the very first artist to be awarded a gold record for selling one million copies
of “There’s a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere”.