Johnny Darrell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country usa american under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 2000s

Biography

Eddie Ray White, 23 July 1940, Hopewell, Alabama, USA, 7 October 1997, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA. Darrell taught himself the guitar when he was 14 years old and used his talent to entertain troops while in the US army. Darrell, who worked at a Holiday Inn in Nashville in 1964, signed with United Artists as a country performer and had several hits, mostly during the mid-60s. His successes on the US country charts include ‘As Long As The Wind Blows’, ‘The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp’ and a number 3, ‘With Pen In Hand’. He was the first to record Kenny Rogers’ hit ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’, and his version reached number 9 on the US country charts in 1967 (strangely, Rogers’ version only reached number 39). He subsequently recorded for Monument, Capricorn and Gusto. He died in October 1997 having suffered a prolonged spell of diabetes.

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