Dick Damron

Dick Damron, (born Joseph Glenn, March 22, 1934 in Bentley, Alberta) is a Canadian country music singer, songwriter. Guitar,Banjo,Violin and Blues Harp. Damron experimented with many musical styles in the country genre including: ‘Outlaw’, ‘Honkey tonk’ and Gospel. Over a recording career spanning 32 years he has recorded more than 25 albums, received numerous country music awards, and been inducted into the International Country Music Hall Of Fame, in Beaumont, Texas.

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Early career

Damron started his career performing in both rock and country bands, including the Musical Round-Up Gang (on CKRD radio, Red Deer) and the Nightriders. His recording career began in 1960 when he recorded two LP’s for his own label, Holiday.

Damron had his first breakthrough hit in 1970, when he recorded ‘Countryfied’ for Apex records. He found further success throughout the 1970s with singles such as: ‘Rise ‘n’ Shine,’ ‘The Long Green Line,’ ‘Mother, Love and Country’ and ‘Susan Flowers’.

In 1978 Damron signed his first major label contract and began recording for RCA. By this point he had become an established performer in the ‘outlaw’ style and a well known songwriter. His most popular singles for RCA included ‘Silver and Shine,’ ‘Whisky Jack,’ ‘Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ol’ Boys’ and ‘Good Ol’ Time Country Rock ‘n’ Roll’.

Throughout the years Damron has performed at many notable shows and venues, including the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (1972). He also toured Europe many times throughout the 70’s and 80’s, the highlight being a performance at the Wembley International Country Music Festival in London, England. Canadian performances include appearances on Canadian television networks CBC and CTV, a concert at the Calgary Stampede, as well as numerous other performances in clubs, concerts, festivals and fairs.

Musical Contacts

As a solo artist, Damron has been known to play with a small group of anonymous support musicians. His songs have been covered by numerous artists, including George Hamilton IV, Carroll Baker, Gary Buck, Terry Carisse, Jimmy Arthur Ordge, Orval Prophet and Rhythm Pals.

Awards

Damron won the Big Country award as top country music composer in 1976, followed by the best male country singer award in the years 1977-1979. ‘Susan Flowers’ was declared the Big Country best country single in 1997. He has won CCMA awards as best male vocalist (1983), instrumentalist (1985), entertainer (1989) and for best single in 1984 (‘Jesus it’s me again’). He was also inducted into the International Country Music Hall of Fame, in Beaumont Texas on October 14, 2001.

Discography

Albums

Year Album CAN Country
1967 Dick Damron
Lonesome City
1973 Countryfied
1974 Northwest Rebellion
1975 The Cowboy and the Lady
Soldier of Fortune
1977 North Country Skyline
1978 Lost in the Music 12
1980 Life Story
High on You
1981 The Best of Dick Damron
1982 Honky Tonk Angel
1984 Last Dance on Saturday Night 18
1987 Night Music
1988 Dick Damron
1989 The Legend and the Legacy
1992 Mirage
1993 Wings Upon the Wind
1994 Touch the Sky
1995 Dick Damron: The Anthology

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC
1959 "Gonna Have a Party" singles only
1960 "That's What I Call Livin'"
1961 "I Guess That's Life"
"Little Sandy"
1962 "Times Like This"
1964 "Hitch Hikin'" 1
1970 "Countryfied" 1 Countryfied
1971 "Rise 'n' Shine" 1 singles only
1972 "The Long Green Line" 4 15
1973 "Walk a Country Mile" 27
"Going Home to the Country" 19
"The Prophet" 28
1974 "Bitter Sweet Songs" 2
1975 "Mother, Love and Country" 5 Soldier of Fortune
1976 "On the Road" 1 3
"Good Ol' Fashion Memories" 3
"Waylon's T-Shirt" 13 A Thousand Songs of Glory
1977 "Susan Flowers" 1
"Charing Cross Cowboys" 28
1978 "Whiskey Jack" 9 Lost in the Music
"My Good Woman" 16
"Silver and Shine" 7 singles only
1979 "High on You" 12
"The Ballad of T.J.'s" 14
1980 "Dollars" 20 High on You
1981 "If You Need Me Lord" 29 single only
"Mid-nite Flytes" 30 The Best of Dick Damron
"Reunion" 9 singles only
1982 "Honky Tonk Angels and Good Ol' Boys" 7
"Good Ol' Time Country Rock 'N' Roll" 9 Honky Tonk Angel
"Jesus It's Me Again" 25
1983 "I'm Not Ready for the Blues" 30 singles only
1984 "A Little More Country Music" 22
"Riding Shotgun" 30 Last Dance on Saturday Night
1985 "Last Dance on Saturday Night" 28
"Falling in and Out of Love" (with Ginny Mitchell) 27 singles only
"Rise Against the Wind" (with Ginny Mitchell) 14
1986 "Masquerade" 35
1987 "1955" 48
"You'd Still Be Here Today" 28
"Cinderella & the Gingerbread Man" 15 Dick Damron
1988 "St. Mary's Angel" 45
"Here We Go Again" *
1989 "The Legend and the Legacy" 34 The Legend and the Legacy
"Ain't No Trains to Nashville" 20
1990 "Midnite Cowboy Blues" 32
1991 "Wild Horses" 14

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