Chanteur Country US né Billy Wayne Grammer le 28 Août 1925 à Benton (Illinois), Billy Grammer a enregistré chez Plaza et Tap Records. Il est décédé le 10 Août 2011.

Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer was one of the great guitar players of country music; he even had a flat-top guitar named after him and installed in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1969. He was one of 13 children born to a coal-mining family in downstate Benton, Illinois. Despite a youthful interest in science and engineering, the young Grammer often played fiddle, guitar, or mandolin at local gatherings, accompanying his father or performing solo. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and worked as an apprentice toolmaker. But after discharge, work was scarce for an eager young musician. When Grammer heard about an opportunity with Connie Gay's Radio Ranch, he hitchhiked to Arlington, Virginia; auditioned; and made the cut. Two years later, he made his recording debut. In 1955, Gay suggested to Jimmy Dean that Grammer join his television show. During his years on The Jimmy Dean Show, Grammer was a sideman in several bands, including those of Clyde Moody, Grandpa Jones, and Hawkshaw Hawkins. He founded his own band in 1958 and also began recording as a solo act. In 1959, he had his first hit with "Gotta Travel On," which peaked in the Top Five on the country charts and did well on the pop charts. That same year, he became a regular cast member of the Opry. Grammer went on to release instrument-centric albums such as 1962's Gospel Guitar and 1967's Sunday Guitar. He also had some chart success during the 1960s with cuts like "I Wanna Go Home," "I'll Leave the Porch Lights a-Burning," and "Bottles." In the 1970s, Grammer recorded two final solo albums and continued to do session work. He later retired from the studio, but continued to perform regularly on-stage at the Opry. Grammer was also the namesake of the Grammer guitar, a flat-top model built to his specifications. The instrument enjoyed some success in the 1960s and '70s, but was later undercut by cheap imports and industry consolidation.

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Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Nashville Sound, Countrypolitan, Traditional Country

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GOTTA TRAVEL ON (1958)

BONAPARTE'S RETREAT (1959)

A THOUSAND MILES AGO (1959)

POOR OLD HEARTSICK ME (1965)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

1948 78 t. SCOOP 502 (US) .

Bill GRAMMER'S SHENANDOAH VALLEY BOYS - Part Of My Soul / Jealous Heart

10/1950 SP PLAZA 5506 (US) . Bill Grammer & His Virginia Playboys - I Almost Lost My Mind / When You Know
12/1958 SP Monument 45-400 (US) .

Gotta Travel On / Chasing A Dream

03/1959 SP Monument 45-403 (US) .

Bonaparte's Retreat / The Kissing Tree

07/1959 SP Monument 45-407 (US) .

It Takes You / Willy, Quit Your Playing

12/1959 SP Monument 45-413 (US) .

Loveland / On The Job Too Long

1959 EP Monument MEP-15001 (US)

BILLY GRAMMER HITS - Gotta Travel On / The Kissing Tree / Bonaparte's Retreat / Chasing A Dream

02/1960 EP Monument MEP-15002 (US)

Grammer’s Guitar - War Paint / Three Cabelleros / Little Joe´s Guitar / Waltz Of The Waterfall

1960 SP EVEREST 19353 (US) .

Princess Of Persia / Unknown Soldier

1960 SP EVEREST 19384 (US) .

Big Big Dream / River Of Regret

03/1961 SP Decca 31226 (US) .

Columbus Stockade Blues / Rainbow Round My Shoulder

06/1961 SP Decca 31274 (US) .

Finger / Have A Drink On Me

10/1961 SP Decca 31321 (US) .

I'd Like To Know Why / Save Your Tears

05/1962 SP Decca 31396 (US) .

Blue Roller Rink / He Ain't My Buddy No More

1962 SP TAP 7031 (US) Take Me Back South / Wabash Cannonball
12/1962 SP Decca 31449 (US) .

I Wanna Go Home (Detroit City) / The Bottom Of The Glass

07/1963 SP Decca 31514 (US) .

Lonesome Life / Love Gets Better With Time

11/1963 SP Decca 31562 (US) .

Old Foolish Me / I'll Leave The Porch Light

05/1964 SP Decca 31618 (US) .

Don't Drop It / I Saw Your Face In The Moon

09/1964 SP Decca 31669 (US) .

Wabash Cannon Ball / Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar

1964 EP Decca ED 2767 (US)

DETROIT CITY - Detroit City / Old Foolish Me / Love Gets Better With Time / Have A Drink On Me

1964 SP Hilltop G-18 (US) .

River Of Regret / Princess Of Persia

03/1965 SP Decca 31757 (US) .

I'm Letting You Go / A Little Bit Of Happiness

01/1966 SP Decca 31892 (US) .

Brown's Ferry Blues / Souvenirs Of Sorrow

08/1966 SP EPIC 5-10052 (US) .

Bottles / Temporarily

12/1966 SP EPIC 5-10103 (US) .

The Real Thing / Heaven Help This Heart Of Mine

04/1967 SP EPIC 5-10169 (US) .

Written On The Jailhouse Wall / I've Seen That Look On Me (A Thousand Times)

09/1967 SP RICE RR 5025 (US) .

Mabel (You Have Been A Friend Of Mine) / Papa And Mama

04/1968 SP MERCURY 72785 (US) .

Last Of My Future / Money, Love, And War

08/1968 SP MERCURY 72836 (US) .

The Ballad Of John Dillinger / Do You Still Believe

01/1969 SP MERCURY 72893 (US) .

The Hour Of Separation / Changing Scene

08/1969 SP STOP ST-321 (US) .

Jesus Is A Soul Man / Peace On Earth Begins Today

09/1972 SP JMI JMI-9 (US) .

Nobody's Listening To Preacher / All I Wanna Do (Is Think About You)

1975 SP STONEWAY 1129 (US) .

Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again / Blue Jay Rag

06/1975 SP Monument ZS8-8653 (US) .

Family Man / What We Have In Common Is Love

10/1975 SP Monument ZS8-8665 (US) .

Steppin' Out / Mom And Dad's Waltz

02/1976 SP Monument ZS8-8685 (US) .

That's Life / Who's Gonna Buy Your Ribbons

197? SP Monument ZS8-8905 (US) .

Gotta Travel On / Bonaparte's Retreat

19?? SP STARDUST 304 (US) .

Blue Water / Somebody Loves You











Albums

10/1959 LP 12" Monument M-4000 (mono) / SM-14000 (stereo) (US)

Travelin' On - A Thousand Miles Ago / Run, Boy / My Lucky Love / Give Myself A Party / You Know I Do / How's The World Treating You? / Midnight / Poor Old Heartsick Me / One Thousand Concrete Blocks / Barrel House Bessie / Lost In A Small Cafe / Sweet Kitty Wells

03/1962

LP 12" Decca DL-4212 (mono) / DL-74212 (stereo) (US)

Gospel Guitar - The Old Rugged Cross / Did You Think To Pray? / At Calvary / Drifting Too Far From The Shore / Face To Face / Life's Railway To Heaven / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / There Is Power In The Blood / Whispering Hope / God Will Take Care Of You / Uncloudy Day / Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere

1963 LP 12" ABC Paramount ABC-446 (mono) / ABCS-446 (stereo) (US)

Pickin' n Grinnin' - (The Bluegrass Hillbillies (Curtis McPeake, Billy GRAMMER, Ed HYDE, Ray EDENTON, Tommy HILL, Junior HUSKEY)) - The Ballad Of Jed Clampett / Big Red's Special / Nine-Pound Hammer / Shortnin' Bread / Silver Threads And Golden Needles / Tom Dooley / Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane / Drunkard's Hiccups / This Land Is Your Land / The Lonesome Mohawk / Darlin' Cora / I Ain't Got Nobody

01/1964 LP 12" Decca DL-4460 (mono) / DL-74460 (stereo) (US)

Golden Gospel Favorites - When We All Get To Heaven / Ninety And Nine / Mansion Over The Hilltop / Child Of The King / I Am Resolved / Where We'll Never Grow Old / I Saw The Light / Peace In The Valley / Volunteer For Jesus / Beyond The Sunset / Onward Christian Soldiers / Till We Meet Again

1964 LP 12" Hilltop JM-6010 (mono) / JS-6010 (stereo) (US)

Johnny Cash's COUNTRY Round-Up - WITH THE Wilburn Brothers AND BILLY GRAMMER - Mean Eyed Cat (Johnny CASH) / Story Of A Broken Heart (Johnny CASH) / Luther's Boogie (Johnny CASH) / Get Rhythm (Johnny CASH) / Can't Make Iy By Myself (Billy GRAMMER) / River Of Regret (Billy GRAMMER) / Before I Met You (Billy GRAMMER) / Princess Of Persia (Billy GRAMMER) / Goose Pimples (Wilburn Brothers) / Because You Care (Wilburn Brothers) /Way Down Under Blues (Wilburn Brothers) / Put Me In Your Pocket (Wilburn Brothers)

06/1964 LP 12" Decca DL-4542 (mono) / DL-74542 (stereo) (US)

Billy Grammer Sings Gotta Travel On - Gotta Travel On / Columbus Stockade Blues / Rainbow Round My Shoulder / I'm Moving On / Don't Drop It / Wabash Cannon Ball / Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar / Detroit City / Lonesome Life / New River Train / Bummin' Around (Braggin' About) / I Saw Your Face In The Moon

1965 LP 12" Monument MLP-8039 (mono) / SLP-18039 (stereo) (US)

Travelin' On - A Thousand Miles Ago / Run, Boy / My Lucky Love / Give Myself A Party / You Know I Do / How's The World Treating You / Midnight / Poor Old Heartsick Me / One Thousand Concrete Blocks / Barrel House Bessie / Lost In A Small Cafe / Sweet Kitty Wells

06/1965 LP 12" Decca DL-4642 (mono) / DL-74642 (stereo) (US)

Country Guitar - Guitar Polka / I Fall To Pieces / Send Me The Pillow You Dream On / A Wound Time Can't Erase / Little Joe's Guitar / Kentucky Waltz / The Trhee Caballeros (Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes) / King Of The Road / Faded Love / Wednesday Night Waltz / Country Guitar Blues / Born To Lose

12/1966 LP 12" Epic LN-24233 (mono) / BN-26233 (stereo) (US)

Sunday Guitar - The Church In The Wildwood / Lily Of The Valley / Nearer My God To Thee / In The Sweet Bye And Bye / Jesus Is Tenderly Calling / Never Alone / Shall We Gather At The River / Bringing In The Sheaves / Work For The Night Is Coming / Take Time To Be Holy / Abide With Me / He Lives On High

1968 LP 12" VOCALION VL-73826 (US)

Country Favorites - Gotta Travel On / Columbus Stockade Blues / Rainbow Round My Shoulder / I'm Movin' On / Wabash Cannonball / Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar / Detroit City / Lonesome Life / New River Train / I Saw Your Face

12/1971 LP 12" SkyliNe SLP-6107 (US)

Power In The Blood - Power In The Blood / Amazing Grace / Unclouded Day / The Haven Of Rest / When We All Get To Heaven - In The Sweet By And By (medley) / Shall We Gather At The River / What A Friend We Have In Jesus / Take The Name Of Jesus With You / Wonderful Words Of Life / God Be With You Til We Meet Again - Where We'll Never Grow Old (medley)

1975 LP 12" Stoneway STY-152 (US)

Billy Grammer Plays - Maiden’s Prayer / Wang Wang Blues / It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie / The “A” Rag / I Gotta Have My Baby Back / Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again / Blue Jay Rag / You Are My Flower / Wildwood Flower / I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail / Under The Double Eagle / Goodnight Waltz

11/1977 LP 12" Classics Christmas CCR-1931 (US)
Christmas Guitars Featuring Guitar Chimes - Jolly Old St. Nicholas / Walking In A Winter Wonderland / White Christmas / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Jingle Bells - Jingle Bell Rock (medley) / Away In A Manger / What Child Is This - O Tannenbaum (medley) / Angels We Have Heard On High / O Little Town Of Bethlehem - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (medley) / We Wish You A Merry Christmas
1985 LP 12" CIRCLE CIR-001 (US)

Back Home - Maple On The Hill / I Wonder How The Oldd Folks Are At Home / Renfro Valley / Letter Edged In Black / Papa And Mama / The Old Spinning Wheel / When The Works All Done This Fall / To See My Grandma / Seein’ Nellie Home / Somebody Loves You / I’m Lettin’ You Go

1998 CD Collectables COL-CD-5896 (US)

Gotta Travel On - THE VERY BEST OF BILLY GRAMMER - Gotta Travel On / Midnight / Poor Old Heartsick Me / One Thousand Concrete Blocks / Barrel House Bessie / Sweet Kitty Wells / Thousand Miles Ago / Run Boy / My Lucky Love / Give Myself A Party / You Know I Do / How's The World Treating You / Mom And Dad's Waltz / Steppin' Out / That's Life / Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons / Bonaparte's Retreat / Family Man / What We've Got In Common Is Love / Kissin' Tree / Whippoorwill Song

2000 CD CIRCLE  ? (US)

Guitar Bits & Pieces - Waltz Across Texas / Seaman's Blues / San Antonio Rose / Bumming Around / Gobble D' Gook / Turn Your Radio On / Opryland Stroll / Crying Steel Guitar Waltz / Am I Blue / Jericho Road / Keep On The Firing Line / Twilight Time

2011 CD BACM CD D 325 (UK)

A Thousand Miles Ago - I Almost Lost My Mind / When You Know / Part Of My Soul / Take Me Back / Wabash Cannonball / Jealous Heart / Gotta Travel On / Midnight / Poor Old Heartsick Me / One Thousand Concrete Blocks / Barrel House Bessie / Sweet Kitty Wells / A Thousand Miles Ago / Run Boy / My Lucky Love / Give Myself A Party / You Know I Do / How's The World Treating You / Chasing A Dream / Bonaparte's Retreat / Kissing Tree / Willy Quit Your Playing / It Takes You / Loveland / On The Job Too Long / Unknown Soldier / Princess Of Persia / Big Big Dream / River Of Regret

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