9 December 1938, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA, d. 30 November 1993, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Houstons forefathers included Sam Houston, who fought for Texas independence from Mexico, and the Civil War general Robert E. Lee. His parents were friends of 20s singer Gene Austin, who was his godfather and encouraged his talent. Houston made his debut on The Louisiana Hayride when aged only 12. He continued with his studies and, encouraged by his manager, Tillman Franks, made a one-off single for Sun Records in Memphis, Sherrys Lips/Miss Brown. In 1963 he was signed to Epic Records, who wanted to break into the country market. His first release, Mountain Of Love, made number 2 in the US country charts, and was followed by further hits including Livin In A House Of Love and Sweet, Sweet Judy. In 1966, a song partly written by his producer Billy Sherrill, Almost Persuaded,...
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