Well like always in case you have just joined me in this series please take a moment to
enjoy the rest of the list thus far.
And that will bring me to my 13th Icon that I think was important to country music. They will not all
be artists per se, we had writers and producers who were just as integral to it.
We had steel guitarists and backing musicians whom also were important to country music.
In fact, I SAY country music has three “building blocks” that make up it’s foundation:
With that being said number 13 is an artist of historical obscurity.
Nobody is absolutely sure WHAT his REAL birthname was, it was either Robert Edward Moncreif or Burgan.
And he was born January 18 1926 in Alabama.
He first got into the spotlight with a Tex Ritter cover song Jealous Heart in 1959.
Shortly after he joined a group called the four young men, and he quickly became the front
man for the group. At first there were really four of them but they added another member after
Bobby joined to make it five.
Their first record together was “Your’e The Reason” which was their only top hit peaking at
number 4 and 11 in 1961 on the Billboard top 100. The song was later covered by Hank Locklin
Hank Williams 3, Joe South and a few more. It became one of my favorite covers Hank 3
ever did so far.
He later then labeled over to Capitol Records and released the sound alike version “Whats The
Reason” which peaked at number 71. His third single was “Don’t Pretend” which did not
Upon becoming unsatisfied with his accomplishments he retired from music in the 1960’s.
The Four Young men pressed on and changed their name to the Castaways and became a
really successfull act in the Vegas Casino Circuit.
He died July 31st 2012 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
It was never made public how he died.