Picture property of Mr. Hawkshaw Hawkins.
Today at the State Capitol Building the State Of Tennessee honored Country Music
Legend Jean Shepard as ‘Tennessee Woman of The Year”.
And I am quite convinced she deserves this accolade.
I want to say PUBLICALLY that SHE IS one of the reasons I GO TO THE OPRY!
SHE IS one of the ‘Grand Ladies Of Country Music” along with a few more
that are of her ilk.
Today, she was awarded and loved on for what she has given Country Music.
She released 73 singles to her label and 24 studio albums during her
still active career.
She’s been an Opry member since 1955 and she IS the longest active member
to date (unless my studies are wrong)..59 years?
She’s given Country Music SO MUCH and has entertained millions
on the Opry weekends for decades.
Her song “Dear John” a duet with Ferlin Husky was the first post
World War II song to sell 1 million copies in 1953.
In 1960 she married Country Legend Hawkshaw Hawkins who died three
years later, in the same plane crash that claimed Patsy Cline and
I firmly believe that she was so Honky Tonk sounding during
this time of the “Nashville Sound” era that the fact she
didn’t chart more than she did was because of that fact alone.
One of the first stories I ever heard of country music was the fact
her parents had to sign rights to her over to Ferlin Husky so she
could tour, as she was only 20. At that time she was still a minor.
I haven’t gotten to study her as much as I need to as I have
spent a lot of time studying the Piano Honky Tonkers of the 70’s
and early 80’s a lot more.
I promise to feature her more often on THIS website!