Dec 172013

20.Little David Wilkins
19.Glenn Douglass Tubb
18.Autrey Inman
17.Ralph Mooney
16.Elton Britt
15.Grant Turner
14.Johnny Russell
13.Bobby Edwards
12.Sonny Burns
11.Big Al Downing
10.Riley Puckett
09.George D Hay
08.Vestal Goodman
07.Molly O Day

This series is the most special to me because SOME of these legends I write
about I actually got to know as people.
I said before and I’ll say it again ANYBODY can write information they
find and print it!
I knew this next man…I admired this next man..and I called him my friend.

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This man is number 6 but no less than ANY OF THEM!
This was the Yodeling King Don Winters.
He contributed so much to country music and he took very little back.
He was a truly loving and caring and talented man.

Don Winters was born in 1929 in Tampa, Florida. Raised mostly in South Georgia, he was the son of entertainer “Pop” Winters who headed “The Southern Strollers.” Don began performing with them in the late 40s but moved to Nashville in the 50s and recorded on Decca and RCA labels. I have spent a lot of time trying to study and
find all of his recordings and sometimes I have to call Donnie with questions.
I have one of his albums “Snowbird”.

In mid 1960 he joined Marty Robbins’ band as a singer and guitar player. With Bobby Sykes the three were known as “The Marty Robbins Trio.” He was a gifted vocalist, noted for his yodeling and long wind. His solo efforts included “Too Many Times” and “Shake Hands With A Loser.” He was a devoted and loyal friend to Marty, accompanying him to races and public appearances and singing with him until we lost Marty Robbins to death in 1982.

I got to meet and hang around (We called him Papa Don) during the Winter’s
Brothers Southern Jams in Nolensville Tn.
He would come up and perform and yodel to Jambalaya and Chime Bells..
Oh if you could just hear him sing…there was NO ONE who even came close!
I’m telling you this…he was the greatest person to ever yodel.
And he ALWAYS made sure NOBODY drove home after drinking. He would
go around and make sure everyone ate and had fun.
It never bothered him to have people around him and he never ever
met a stranger.

Don passed away at his home in Nolensville, Tennessee on August 17, 2002, after a year’s struggle with liver cancer.

I’ll not forget the day we heard the news. That past year was the last Southern Jam
I went to and I remember he played it.
He was very very sick, I remember I got to say Hi and Bye to him in the
pickup truck they drove him in.
They helped him on stage and he sang to the heavens.

Don Winters left this world with dignity and he is very
much still loved on this website.