|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country trucker music trucker country honky tonk|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs lyrics secondhandsongs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Joseph Simpson, 6 March 1934, Higley, Arizona, USA. The youngest of 12 children, he grew up in Bakersfield, California, where the family relocated in 1937. He claims to have written his first song, Chicken House Boogie, to sing to their chickens, when he was 14. Introduced to country music by his father and an elder brother who both played in a local band, he went on to learn piano, fiddle and guitar. He served in the US Navy and formed a band, the Repose Ramblers, while serving on the USS Repose during the Korean War. After Naval service, he returned to Bakersfield, where he found work on the club circuit including the famed Blackboard Club and also played with Bakersfield area bands including with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. In 1962, he signed as a writer with Cliffie Stone and in the mid-60s, he recorded some truck driving songs for Capitol Records. He gained two Top 40 Billboard country chart hits, in 1966, with Roll Truck Roll...