|Tags:||country female vocalists 60s female country under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
14 October 1938, Iron City, Tennessee, USA. Born into a musical family, Montgomerys father ran a church choir and both her brothers, Carl and Earl, became country songwriters, often supplying her with material. In 1958, she and her brothers were finalists in a nationwide talent contest sponsored by Pet Milk - another finalist was Johnny Tillotson. Her success led to an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, where she impressed Roy Acuff. He added her to his roadshow and she spent four years touring the USA and its military bases abroad. In 1962, she recorded two singles, Happy You, Lonely Me and Just Another Fool Along The Way, for Lonzo And Oscars Nugget label. She recorded prolifically for United Artists Records and Musicor, and made the US country charts with Hall Of Shame and The Greatest One Of All, although Melba is better known for her duets with George Jones (We Must Have Been Out Of Her...