|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country americana darell mccall alt-country pop rock and roll alt country western singer songwriter texas texas country george strait george jones cowhat fav cowhat tex under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
30 April 1940, New Jasper, Oklahoma, USA. Honky-tonk vocalist McCall was briefly successful both in the early 60s, as first a pop and then a country singer, and then again in the mid-70s when outlaw country was at the height of its popularity. Raised in Oklahoma, McCall moved down to Nashville in 1958 in an attempt to record as a duo with his childhood friend Johnny Paycheck. When this plan failed he found work as a studio harmony vocalist and band member for artists including George Jones, Ray Price and Faron Young. In 1959 McCall met Nashville producer Buddy Killen who persuaded him to join the Little Dippers, alongside Delores Dinning, Emily Gilmore and Hurshel Wigintin. They placed a Top 10 pop single in 1960 (Forever), but by 1961 McCall had signed a solo contract with Capitol Records, releasing two unsuccessful singles for the pop market (My Kind Of Lovin and Call The Zoo) before the label dropped him. Moving to...