Dec 252013

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
06.Don Winters
05.Bob Luman

I had to do a bunch of researching and had to make a few phone calls for my number 4 pick.
But I’m sure you will agree that he indeed deserves to be included in this series.
Not many people have heard of him even existing at all.
My number 4 choice is Stoney Edwards and he was a black Honky Tonk singer prominent in
the 1970’s.

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He was born Frenchie Edwards December 24rth 1929 in Oklahoma, not far from Big Al Downing.
In fact at one point I thought they may have been distant relatives, but some phone calls
I made to historians proved otherwise.
In 1968 he was working as a towmotor operator in a steel refinery and was trapped
in tank that was sealed and was poisoned with severe carbon monoxide.
He was comatose for two years however he eventually recovered and began playing in
local bars.
He was playing a benefit show for Bob Wills and was spotted by Ray Sweeney and
Fuzzy Owens who were looking for a black country singer in the wake of
Charley Pride’s success.
Of course at that time RCA had Charley Pride so Fuzzy Owens brought Stoney
to Capitol.

HE HAD the ORIGINAL band called Asleep At The Wheel, and I think the swing band
now named their band after his.
And he was noted for a habit he had of snapping his fingers of his right hand.

He recorded five albums for Capitol and the original first printings are
considered a rare find among us collectors.
Now Stoney never had the chart success that Charley had but he did
amass a HUGE following and his shows were usually always packed.

One of his biggest hit’s “She My Rock” was a hit for George Jones as well
and George invited Stoney onstage once to sing with him.
And in 1976 one his songs had the almighty taboo N word in it and
radio stations refused to play his song Blackbird.

In the early 1980’s he retired and began to decline in health
and on April 5th 1997 he lost a long hard battle with stomach cancer.