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Cindy Walker. Presented to you by: Jamie Simmons, Jacinda Melson, and Stephanie Drake. Early Life and Influences. Texas Musical Family Grandfather, F.L. Eiland – hymn writer Mother, Oree Walker – piano player. First Gigs. Wrote “Dusty Skies” at the age of 12

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Cindy Walker

Presented to you by:

Jamie Simmons,

Jacinda Melson,

and Stephanie Drake


Early Life and Influences

  • Texas

  • Musical Family

    • Grandfather, F.L. Eiland – hymn writer

    • Mother, Oree Walker – piano player


First Gigs

  • Wrote “Dusty Skies” at the age of 12

    • Later recorded by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys

  • Age of sixteen worked at the Casa Manana in Fort Worth, Texas

    • “Casa de Manana”

      • Becomes the theme song for club


Los Angeles

  • Pitches song to Larry Crosby during family trip in summer of 1940

    • Bing Crosby claims after hearing once

    • Bing records December 1940


Influences

  • Grandfather and Mother

  • Bob Wills

  • Bing Crosby

Glen Campbell, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Charles, Lacy J. Dalton, Mickey Gilley, and Merle Haggard are among those who have kept her songwriting legacy alive


Successes

  • 1942-1944--wrote all 39 songs used by Bob Wills in the eight western movies he shot for Columbia during this period

  • 1944--first top ten country hit, "You're From Texas" recorded by Bob Wills

  • 1944--first top ten country hit as Decca artist, "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again“

  • 1964-Walker released her own singer/songwriter album, “Words and Music”


Cindy Walker

  • Called the Dean of Country Music

  • First woman in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

  • Elected in the Country Music Hall of fame in 1997


Cindy Walker

“When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again”

“Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me”


Resources

  • http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com/inductees/cindy_walker.html

  • http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/walker_cindy/artist.html

  • http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/fame/walker.html

  • www.southlandrecords.com/ rauschtributecindy.htm

  • http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/walker_cindy/bio.html


More Resources

  • http://www.austin360.com/xl/content/music/xl/04-february/cindywalker_02-19-04.html;COXnetJSessionID=Bg025EiJQvPMeoC2GRqTelGz1ui5yW2LOrUKaPCfYAAWhk4W6bzL!891511218?urac=n&urvf=10968402468180.05827226388966744

  • http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-02-20/music_feature.html

  • http://www.spikejones.net/blue.html


A Few Questions

  • What was the first song Cindy Walker wrote at the age of twelve?

  • “You Don’t Know Me”

  • “Dusty Skies”

  • “Seven Beers with the Wrong Man”


  • 2. What year did Cindy Walker release her first singer/songwriter album?

  • 1964

  • 1944

  • 1969


3. What was significant about Cindy Walker’s induction in thte Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame?

  • She was the first African Amaerican inducted

  • She picketed to be able to be in the Hall of Fame

  • She was the first woman inducted


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