8 August 1921, near West Monroe, Louisiana, USA, d. 24 February 1991, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His father died when Pierce was only three months old, his mother remarried and he was raised on a farm seven miles from Monroe. Although no one in the family performed music, his mother had a collection of country records which, together with Gene Autry films, were his first country music influences. He learned to play guitar and when he was 15, he was given his own weekly radio show on KMLB Monroe. During World War II he served in the army, married Betty Jane Lewis in 1942 and after his discharge, they relocated from Monroe to Shreveport where, in 1945, he found employment in the mens department of the Sears Roebuck store. In 1947, he and his wife appeared on an early morning KTBS show as Webb Pierce with Betty Jane, the Singing Sweetheart. He also sang at many local venues and developed the style that became so readily identifiable and was later...
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