Durwood Haddock Biography

16 August 1934, Lamasco, Fanning County, Texas, USA. He lived in various parts of Texas as a child and could play fiddle and guitar in his mid-teens. He first worked as a disc jockey but was fired for playing ‘White Christmas’ in July. He played countless small honky tonks and clubs in Oklahoma and Texas for several years. In 1954, he recorded for Four Star and began writing songs with Eddie Miller, one of their first being ‘There She Goes’. Haddock’s own recording failed but in 1955, Carl Smith’s version remained in the country charts for six months, peaking at number 3. In 1961, country star Jerry Wallace’s recording made number 26 in the US pop charts and in 1980, the song was featured in the filmCoal Miner’s Daughter. Haddock continued to perform but between 1957 and 1962, he was a disc jockey at KERB Kermit, Texas. He then left to form his own band with which he toured steadily until 1968. In the early 60s, he recorded for United Artists Records, his own Eagle International label and for Monument but in spite of single releases, he had no chart success. In 1968, he relocated to Nashville, where he started his own publishing company and recorded for Metromedia. In 1974, he gained his first chart hit, ‘Angel In An Apron’, on the Caprice label. Between 1977 and 1980, he gained five minor hits on either his own label or Country International, ‘The Perfect Love Song’, a number 75, being the highest placement. In the mid-80s, he retired to his farm at Lamasco but in the 90s, he surprised his fans by releasing his first album. It was an autobiographical story-in-songs look at a career that went back four decades. He had first recorded some of the songs, in Nashville in the 80s, as demos to pitch to other singers but, in 1995, he decided to remix and update them himself. The result produced a pleasant mixture of gentle western swing and honky tonk which claimed to be ‘the real thing not rock music that calls itself country and ain’t’. A fine singer of this genre, Haddock like one or two of his contemporaries from the post World War II era, was perhaps born 20 years too late - western swing was in its final days and rock ‘n’ roll had temporarily interrupted the popularity of honky tonk.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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