|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country honky tonk acoustic oldies|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Richard William Curless, 17 March 1932, Fort Fairfield, Maine, USA, d. 25 May 1995. Both his parents were musical and in 1948, after the family moved to Massachusetts, he was soon appearing as the Tumbleweed Kid in his own show on local radio in Ware, Massachusetts. Later he joined a band called the Trail Blazers and moved back to Maine. In 1951, he was drafted into the army, later commenting: They must have been hard up. I had a bad eye and heart trouble. He was sent to Korea, purely as an entertainer, and became very popular on the AFN network as the Rice Paddy Ranger. He was discharged in 1954 and worked local clubs until ill health caused him to rest. In 1957, a win on theArthur Godfrey Talent Show on network television, with his version of Nine Pound Hammer, led to him finding work in Hollywood and Las Vegas. In the late 50s, recurring ill heath, lack of major success and personal problems led to him returning to Maine, where he bought...