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  1. Cindy Walker Presented to you by: Jamie Simmons, Jacinda Melson, and Stephanie Drake

  2. Early Life and Influences • Texas • Musical Family • Grandfather, F.L. Eiland – hymn writer • Mother, Oree Walker – piano player

  3. 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

  4. Los Angeles • Pitches song to Larry Crosby during family trip in summer of 1940 • Bing Crosby claims after hearing once • Bing records December 1940

  5. 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

  6. 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”

  7. 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

  8. Cindy Walker “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” “Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me”

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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”

  12. 2. What year did Cindy Walker release her first singer/songwriter album? • 1964 • 1944 • 1969

  13. 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