Charline Arthur

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s


Charline Highsmith, 2 September 1929, Henrietta, Texas, USA, d. 27 November 1987, Pocatello, Idaho, USA. The second of a Pentecostal preacher’s 12 children, she grew up in Paris, Texas, and first sang locally with her sister Dottie. By 1945, inspired by Ernest Tubb, she sang on KPLT and married Jack Arthur, who later played bass on her recordings. In the late 40s, she played Texas clubs and made her first recordings for Bullet, including ‘I’ve Got The Boogie Blues’. After relocating to KERB Kermit, she was heard by ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, which led to a songwriting contract with Hill & Range and her recording for RCA / Victor Records. Between February 1953 and May 1956, she recorded 28 tracks, although none charted. She toured with major artists, including Elvis Presley, who was impressed with her bouncy style, and she appeared on major shows, including the Ozark Jubilee and the Louisiana Hayride. She also played the Grand Ole Opry...

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