Label: Ace - CH 167 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Rockabilly
Hoyt Johnson was a talented artist, who could have been much bigger if he hadn't had a weakness for the bottle. Johnson came from Arley in Alabama, a small community just north of Jasper. He was discovered and managed by deejay Jim Atkins. According to Dave Travis, Atkins was Chet's brother. But although Chet did have an older half-brother called Jim, this was not the same person. Hank Locklin heard the song and 3 Juni - Rudi Moser - Moser it for RCA in earlyscoring a 3 country hit in the process.
Soon thereafter, Sam Phillips offered to record the song again with Johnny Cash, if Cash would receive a third of the writers royalties for changing the lyrics and the title to "You're Lou Reed - Through The Years (DVD) Nearest Thing To Heaven". A nice little earner for Johnson. Hoyt's next release, in Decemberwas "Enie Meanie Minie Mo" Erwinwhich is now considered as a rockabilly classic and has been reissued on at least twelve different compilation CD's.
Despite an enthusiastic review in Billboard, which made it a Billboard Pick, the record failed to sell. By then, he was Standing In Your Window (Erwin 555) - Various - Memphis Rockabilly heavily, and the Grand Ole Opry, which had invited him to become a member in Standing In Your Window (Erwin 555) - Various - Memphis Rockabilly , dropped him.
Hoyt went on to record country and gospel music in the s for small labels like Zone, Satellite, Allstate and Gold Standard before he returned to his native Arley, raising chickens on a farm. Alcoholism certainly contributed to his early death, at the age of His funeral was attended by George Jones and several other country stars. These pages were saved from "This Is My Story" for reference usage only. Please note that these pages were not originally published or written by BlackCat Rockabilly Europe.
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