Disc Jockey, chanteur et compositeur Country né le 28 Aout 1928 à Bessemer (Alabama). Dans le milieu des années 40, "Texas" Bill Strength parcouru le Missouri, le Kansas, le Colorado, l' Arkansas et le Tennessee. Il se produisit également au Louisiana Hayride et au Grand Ole Opry tout en poursuivant sa carriere de DJ. Il décedera le 1er Octobre 1973 à la suite d'un accident de voiture. Il sera élu au Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame en 1990.

Although much better known for his career as a radio personality, Texas Bill Strength also cut a series of country and rockabilly efforts, including a session for the legendary Sun Records backed by former Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore. Born August 28, 1928 in Bessemer, Alabama, Strength was all of 16 when he won an amateur contest at Houston's Joy Theater -- local station KTHT was in the market for a cowboy act, and soon he was working part-time on the air. In 1945 Strength began deejaying full-time for St. Joseph, Missouri station KFEQ, followed by a stint singing for Sioux Falls, South Dakota radio KSOO -- after a tenure with Denver's KMYR, he returned to Houston, in quick succession appearing on KLEE, KATL and KNUZ. During this time, Strength also cut a series of little-heard singles for the 4-Star label, among them "Who's the Lucky One" and "I'm Doing a Peach of a Job." In early 1950 he was hired by the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) to promote the organization via radio and convention appearances -- for 4-Star, he even cut the labor anthem "We Will Overcome." He also continued his radio career for Atlanta's WGST and Decatur's WEAS, and in late 1950 signed to Coral Records, debuting with "Black Coffee Blues." Strength's "Coral" stint would prove the most successful and long-lived of his peripatetic recording career -- he enjoyed his biggest hit there with "You Can't Have My Love," a duo with the underrated Tabby West, and also scored with singles including "Nobody Knows This More Than Me" and "I Was Only Teasing You."
In 1954 Strength was named "Mr. DJ USA" by influential Nashville station WSM, and by year's end he relocated to Memphis station KWAM, where he witnessed the birth of rock & roll via the emergence of Sun acts Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. After accepting a position with St. Paul, Minnesota's KEYD, home to fellow DJs/singers Roy Drusky and Dave Dudley, Strength signed to Capitol Records for efforts including "Cry, Cry, Cry," "Turn Around" and "Do You Think I'm Happy" -- in the Twin Cities, he also hosted a children's television show, Adventures With Texas Bill. But as his long battle with alcoholism grew more severe, Strength returned to Memphis in mid-'60, accepting Sun promotional manager Cecil Scaife's offer to record for the label -- with Moore on guitar and D.J. Fontana on drums, he cut seven songs, with only "Guess I Better Go" and "Senorita" ever receiving commercial release. After a short stay with Bakersfield, California station KUZZ, Strength returned to the Twin Cities, first for KTCR and later for WMIN. He remained there for the rest of his life, recording the occasional single for labels like Starday ("Nervous as a Cat"), Golden Wing ("Let the Chips Fall") and Bangar ("Paper Boy Boogie"). During the early 1970s, he also penned for the monthly Upper Midwest & Western News Scene a column entitled "Down Memory Lane," documenting stories about his life and experiences in the music business. On August 5, 1973, Strength was paralyzed from the waist down following an auto accident -- he then slipped into a coma, dying on October 1 at the age of 45. He was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1990.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter, Disc Jockey

Style musical : Traditional Country, Hillbilly Boogie, Rockabilly

PAPER BOY BOOGIE (1952)

CRY, CRY, CRY (1955)

THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS (1955)

But Do You Think I'm Happy (1956)

GUESS I'D BETTER GO (1960)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1949 78 t. CIRECO 102 (US) .

[Jerry Irby and His Texas Ranchers:] 49 Women (Jerry Irby & His "Texas" Ranchers) / Little I And Big You ("Texas" Bill Strength & His Saddle Ranchers)

07/1949 78 t. 4 STAR 1334 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLEPALS - If I Could Buy Your Love / Please Don't Ever Forget Me
07/1949 SP 4 STAR 45-1334 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLEPALS - If I Could Buy Your Love / Please Don't Ever Forget Me
12/1949 78 t. 4 STAR 1402 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLE PALS -Action Speaks Louder Than Words / Mister Moon Sailing High
12/1949 SP 4 STAR 45-1402 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLE PALS -Action Speaks Louder Than Words / Mister Moon Sailing High
05/1950 78 t. 4 STAR 1465 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLEPALS - Who's The Lucky One / Black Coffee Blues
05/1950 SP 4 STAR 45-1465 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLEPALS - Who's The Lucky One / Black Coffee Blues
1950 78 t. TEXAS BILL STRENGTH OP-102 (US) . We Shall Overcome / Shall We Gather At The River
07/1950 78 t. 4 STAR 1499 (US) . We Shall Overcome / Shall We Gather At The River
07/1950 SP 4 STAR 45-1499 (US) . We Shall Overcome / Shall We Gather At The River
10/1950 78 t. 4 STAR 1532 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLE PALS - I'm Doin' A Peach Of A Job / It Could Be A Wonderful World
10/1950 SP 4 STAR 45-1532 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLE PALS - I'm Doin' A Peach Of A Job / It Could Be A Wonderful World
03/1951 78 t. 4 STAR 1554 (US) . Frown On The Moon / I'm Walking In Heaven
03/1951 SP 4 STAR 45-1554 (US) . Frown On The Moon / I'm Walking In Heaven
01/1952 SP 4 STAR X-36 (US) . "Texas" Bill Strength & His SADDLE PALS - We Shall Overcome / Shall We Gather At The River
02/1952 78 t. CORAL 64117 (US) . Cherry Pie / Is Someone Else the Lucky One Tonight
02/1952 SP CORAL 9-64117 (US) . Cherry Pie / Is Someone Else the Lucky One Tonight
06/1952 78 t. CORAL 64133 (US) . Paper Boy Boogie / I Was Only Teasin' You
06/1952 SP CORAL 9-64133 (US) . Paper Boy Boogie / I Was Only Teasin' You
03/1953 78 t. CORAL 64139 (US) . I Found My Love / It's A Shame
03/1953 SP CORAL 9-64139 (US) . I Found My Love / It's A Shame
01/1954 78 t. CORAL 64152 (US) . Rain Or Shine / Heart Don't Complain
01/1954 SP CORAL 9-64152 (US) . Rain Or Shine / Heart Don't Complain
06/1954 78 t. CORAL 64171 (US) . Alone / Country Love
06/1954 SP CORAL 9-64171 (US) . Alone / Country Love
06/1954 78 t. CORAL 64177 (US) . Tabby WEST & Texas Bill STRENGTH - Let's Make Love Or Go Home / You Can't Have My Love
06/1954 SP CORAL 9-64177 (US) . Tabby WEST & Texas Bill STRENGTH - Let's Make Love Or Go Home / You Can't Have My Love
11/1954 78 t. CORAL 61284 (US) . Nice To Be Living / Nobody Knows This More Than Me
11/1954 SP CORAL 9-61284 (US) . Nice To Be Living / Nobody Knows This More Than Me
08/1955 78 t. CAPITOL 3217 (US) . Cry, Cry, Cry / The Yellow Rose Of Texas
08/1955 SP CAPITOL F3217 (US) . Cry, Cry, Cry / The Yellow Rose Of Texas
11/1955 78 t. CAPITOL 3282 (US) . Turn Around / When Love Comes Knockin'
11/1955 SP CAPITOL F3282 (US) . Turn Around / When Love Comes Knockin'
04/1956 78 t. CAPITOL 3294 (US) . When The Bright Lights Grow Dim / It Ain't Much Bit It's Home
04/1956 SP CAPITOL F3394 (US) . When The Bright Lights Grow Dim / It Ain't Much Bit It's Home
02/1957 78 t. CAPITOL 3477 (US) . Where Did My Heart Go / Gotta Lotta Love
02/1957 SP CAPITOL F3477 (US) . Where Did My Heart Go / Gotta Lotta Love
10/1956 78 t. CAPITOL 3568 (US) . North Wind / But Do You Think I'm Happy
10/1956 SP CAPITOL F3568 (US) . North Wind / But Do You Think I'm Happy
1956 SP CAPITOL CR1348 PS (JAP) North Wind / But Do You Think I'm Happy
1956 ? SP CAPITOL 7P-88 (JAP)

North Wind (北風 /) But Do You Think I'm Happy ( でも俺は幸せかい)

04/1957 78 t. CAPITOL 3701 (US) . I Wanna Ride, Ride, Ride (On Your Merry-Go-Round) / Six Fools
04/1957 SP CAPITOL F3701 (US) . I Wanna Ride, Ride, Ride (On Your Merry-Go-Round) / Six Fools
1960 SP TOPPA 45-1024 (US) .

Picture Of My Heart / Watching The World Go By

09/1960 SP SUN 45-346 (US) . Bill STRENGTH - Guess I'd Better Go (with GENE LOWERY SINGERS) / Senorita
1962 SP Golden Wing GW-3013 (US) .

Let The Chips Fall / Foolish Pretender

1963 SP GOLDEN RING GR-3024 (US) . Tears In My Beer / Let’s Make Love (& TINA)
11/1964 SP BANGAR BA-00649 (US) . Paper Boy Boogie / Bells Of Memory
1965 SP STUDIO CITY SC 1036 (US) .

Million Memories (Texas Bill STRENGTH)  / Cattle Call (Tiny Tina, The Yodeling Queen)

1965 SP TWIN TOWN TT 704 (US) .

As Much Yours As Mine / Promise

1966 SP TWIN TOWN TT 712 (US) . Call Of The Wild / Lake Lonely
1967 SP NASHVILLE NV-5291 (US) . The Moment I Found You / The Best Thing In Life Is Love
1971 SP STARDAY 45-927 (US)

Hillbilly Hades / Nervous As A Cat

1971 SP ReCar 45-9001 (US) .

Hillbilly Hades / Nervous As A Cat

1973 SP Brite Star BSP 2448 (US) .

Somehow, Someday, Someway / Nothing Is Sweeter Than You

















Unissued Tracks

1960 SUN unissued - (Charly LP 30150 (#15)) Call Of The Wild

Album

1971 LP 12" Re-Car RC 2022 (US) TEXAS BILL STRENGTH'S GREATEST HITS - Let The Chips Fall / Foolish Pretender / The Moment I Found You / The Best Thing In Life Is Love / As Much Yours As Mine / Call Of The Wild / Lake Lonely / I'm Gonna Catch You / Betty Lou / Let's Make Love / Bells Of Memory / Paper Boy Boogie
1982 LP 12" Castle LP-8204 (GER)

Country and Western In The 40’s and 50’s, - vol. 4 - Texas Bill Strength - Turn Around / When Love Comes Knockin’ / Gotta Lotta Love / Where Did My Love Go / Six Fools / I Wanna Ride, Ride, Ride On Your Merry-Go-Round / The Yellow Rose Of Texas / Cry, Cry, Cry / Country Love / Alone / Is Somebody Else The Lucky One Tonight / Cherry Pie / It Could Be A Wonderdul World / I'm Doing A Peach Of A Job / Let's Make Love Or Go Home One (with Tabby West) / You Can't Have My Love (with Tabby West)

02/2007 CD BACM CD D 186 (UK)
WHEN LOVE COMES KNOCKIN' - Gotta Lotta Love / Where Did My Heart Go / Turn Around / When Love Comes Knockin' / North Wind / But Do You Think I'm Happy / It Ain't Much But It's Home / When The Bright Lights Grow Dim / It's A Shame / I Found My Love And Lost My Heart / Yellow Rose Of Texas / Country Love / Alone / It Could Be A Wonderful World / Is Someone Else The Lucky One Tonight / Cherry Pie / Let's Make Love Or Go Home / You Can't Have My Love/ Six Fools / I Wanna Ride On Your Merry Go Round / Black Coffee Blues / Paper Boy Boogie / Little I And Big You / Who's The Lucky One / Frown On The Face Of The Moon
2013 CD BACM CD D 415 (UK)

Texas Billy Strength Vol. 2 - Please Don’t Ever Forget Me - Prisoner’s Song (with Johnny Bond) [radio] / Turn Around (with Carl Perkins) [radio] / Never (with Betty Foley [Atlanta, GA, 1954] / What More Can I Do (with Jerry Reed] [Minneapolis, radio, 1954] / Someday You’ll Call My Name (with Melody Ranch Boys) [Atlanta, GA, 1954] / Y’All Come (with Melody Ranch Boys) [Atlanta, GA, 1954] / When I Lost My Baby (previously unissued) / Try To Think How Lonesome I Would Be (previously unissued) / There’s No Way Out (previously unissued) / That Lucky Old Sun [radio] / Substitute Love / Post No Bills / Please Don’t Ever Forget Me / King Size Broken Heart (previously unissued) / Mr. Moon Sailing High / Molly Darlin‘ [radio, July-54] / Little Red Wagon / I’m Walking In Heaven / If I Could Buy Your Love / Actions Speak Louder Than Words / I Was Only Teasin‘ You / It’s Nice To Be Living / Million Memories / Tears In My Beer / Nobody Knows This More Than Me / Guess I’d Better Go / Heart Don’t Complain / Picture Of My Heart / Rain Or Shine / Senorita

???? CD HMC ? (US)

Paper Boy Boogie - Actions Speak Louder Than Words / Mr. Moon Sailing High / Black Coffee Blues / Paper Boy Boogie / Cherry Pie / Rain Or Shine / It's Nice To Be Living / Country Love / Let's Make Love Or Go Home / Turn Around / Cry Cry Cry / When Love Comes Knockin' / Gotta Lotta Love / North Wind / Six Fools / Watching The World Go By / Tears In My Beer / Hillbilly Hades / Nervous As A Cat / Little Red Wagon

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