Woodrow Wilson Sovine, 17 July 1918, Charleston, West Virginia, USA, d. 4 April 1980, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sovine was taught the guitar by his mother and was working professionally by the time he was 17 on WCHS Charleston with Johnny Bailes (Bailes Brothers), and then as part of Jim Pikes Carolina Tarheels. In 1948 Sovine formed his own band, The Echo Valley Boys, and became a regular on The Louisiana Hayride. Sovine acquired the nickname of The Old Syrup Sopper following the sponsorship by Johnny Fair Syrup of some radio shows, and the title is apt for such narrations as Daddys Girl. Sovine recorded for US Decca Records and first made the country charts with Are You Mine?, a duet with Goldie Hill. Later that year, a further duet, this time with Webb Pierce, Why Baby Why, made number 1 on the US country charts. They followed this with the tear-jerking narration Little Rosa, which became a...
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