Now there was song

Ernest  TubbBy Doug Davis

This week in 1965: LBJ stated that doors were open to all Cuban exiles, G.I.’s were given permission to use tear gas in Saigon, 10,000 people marched in an anti-Vietnam protest in New York City and  a singer from Crisp, Texas had his 65th hit record!

Ernest Tubb’s 1965 hit “Waltz Across Texas” was written by his nephew Billy Talmadge Tubb.

And by the time Ernest recorded the song, he had already placed seventy seven songs on the country music charts.

The story about a love so strong that he could dance his sweetheart entirely across the great state of Texas, this song was ideally suited for Ernest’s voice and delivery and this recording was made with the backing of Ernest’s Texas Troubadours—which at the time—consisted of the very best group of pickers the band had ever enjoyed.

Ernest’s Decca Records single “Waltz Across Texas” was produced by Owen Bradley and entered the country music charts October 23rd, 1965 and peaked at number 34. It was his 65th charted song and was on the charts for seven weeks.

Ernest re-recorded the song with Willie Nelson in 1979. This version peaked at number 56 and was on the charts for six weeks.

Ernest Tubb placed ninety nine songs on the country charts between 1944 and 1983. He joined The Grand Ole Opry in 1943 and was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1965.

He died in 1984 at age 70.

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