ERNEST DALE TUBB
Ernest Dale Tubb was born in Crisp, Texas in 1914.
He was a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 until the time
of his death and was the sixth person to be elected to the Country Music Hall Of
Fame. He became a country music
legend during the half century that he remained in the limelight of country
music stardom, and, in the hearts of those who knew him personally and loved
him; he also earned the legend of being a kind, helpful and caring human being.
The span of his musical life saw hit after hit in the country music charts.
After recording songs such as “The Passing Of Jimmie Rodgers” and
“Blue Eyed Elaine”, he had his massive hit recording, “Walking The Floor
Over You” in 1943, which led to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, movie roles
and stardom. In 1947, he opened “The Ernest Tubb Record Shop” in
Nashville and began the “Midnight Jamboree”, a live broadcast of the show
over Radio WSM. The show allowed
him to advertise the shop and also to showcase other stars and aspiring
performers on the rise in country music. He
was known for his care and compassion for helping new artists and seldom, if
ever, was anyone turned away from appearing on the “Midnight Jamboree” radio
show, no matter how little or much their talent, as long as they were sincere
about their ambitions.
In 1966, Mr. Tubb was diagnosed with emphysema, but
continued to tour and record actively. During
this time he managed to rack up some minor hits and also some lifetime
achievement awards. His career
slowed into the early 1980’s and in 1982 he was forced to retire due to
health. He died of Emphysema in
Nashville on September 6, 1984 and is interred at Hermitage Cemetery at
I personally became acquainted with Ernest Tubb in 1959 through Mrs. Jimmie
(Carrie) Rodgers, in San Antonio, Texas. I
had written a tribute song in memory of Jimmie Rodgers and it was brought to the
attention of Mrs. Rodgers who had also been the mentor of Ernest Tubb in his
early years of struggling in his music career. I was privileged to become
a protege' and friend of each of these honorable and sincere people and found
myself experiencing the helping hand of both in guiding my country music
career. In 1961, Mr. Tubb and Decca
Records produced a recorded version of his “Midnight Jamboree” radio show
for which he chose me as a new male artist for this recording.
A very talented young performer, Linda Flanagan, was selected as the new
female artist for this production.
Through this recording, both Linda and I were projected
into country music at an international level.
It was a huge honor for us both to be cast with Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells,
Webb Pierce, Buddy Emmons, The Wilburn Brothers and others who were special
guests on this recording. Following
my recording in this album, (a song entitled “Boy With A Future” – written
by the legendary writer, Harlan Howard” there were road tours with Ernest and
his Texas Troubadours as well as appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
I recall sitting next to him on “The Green Hornet” – as we left
Nashville – for a tour out through Texas and Okalahoma.
Emotions of this experience in itself were welling within me and my
effort to express appreciation to this kindly man was met with his knowing
comment – “I know how you feel, son”.
And he did. And he cared.
And he gave me 50 bucks when he surmised that I was dead broke.
Jerry Hanlon (2001)
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