Friday, August 20, 2010

Done his daddy proud

Justin Tubb with the King.
So please Mr DJ I'm proud to be country
Whether concert or honky tonk joints
So give this a listen and if you won't play it
My friend you're just provin' the point

He wasn't named Ernest Tubb Jr., so it could have been worse.  Still, don't assume it was a snap trying to fill the boots of his daddy.

Justin Tubb did fine as a singer and especially as a songwriter, though we can't say we paid much attention while he was still on this good earth.  We remember he wrote "Lonesome 7-702" for Hawkshaw Hawkins -- a truly great one -- and "Be Glad" for Del Reeves. He scored a Top 5 country hit  in 1954 with "Looking Back to See," a duet with Goldie Hill, and a year later he became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry where he could bring the house down with "What's Wrong With the Way That We're Doing It Now."

That would have been plenty for most folks, and it might have been more than enough for Justin Tubb. We can't honestly say.  He was born on this day in 1935 and died in 1998, and we don't know a lot about the dash in between. If the lyrics above mean anything, he was country through and through.

Today's Birthday Band lineup will blow you away:

Jim Reeves (1923-1964): Country singer
Four Walls, He'll Have to Go, Welcome To My World

Justin Tubb (1935-1998): Singer, songwriter
Looking Back to See, Sure Fire Kisses, Lonesome 7-7203

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008): Singer, songwriter
Theme from Shaft,  Soul Man

Jim Pankow (1947): Trombone, Chicago
Make Me Smile, Colour My World

Robert Plant (1948): Singer, Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song

Phil Lynott (1949-1986): Bass, Thin Lizzy
Whiskey in the Jar, The Boys are Back in Town, Killer on the Loose

Doug Fieger (1952): Guitar, The Knack
My Sharona, Good Girls Don’t, Baby Talks Dirty

Rudy Gatlin (1952): Singer, Gatlin Brothers
Night Time Magic, I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today, All the Gold in California

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