Chanteuse Country US née Norma Jean Beasler le 30 Janvier 1930 à Wellston (Oklahoma).

"Pretty Miss Norma Jean" may be best remembered as Porter Wagoner's stage partner before he was paired with Dolly Parton, but she was also well known for an often hard-edged group of songs that spoke of poverty, hard work, and the instability of romantic relationships. Although she didn't have the songwriting creativity of Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton, she was comparable to those stars in her general outlook. Norma Jean Beasler was no stranger to poverty herself, born into a hard-working farm family near Wellston, OK. As a child, she wanted to be a country star like Kitty Wells, whom she tried to emulate. She made her professional debut singing "If Teardrops Were Pennies" at age 12 on the radio in Oklahoma City. In high school, she toured with a few Western swing bands, including those of Billy Gray and Merle Lindsay.
Her big break came in 1958 when she became a cast member of the Springfield, MO-based ABC-TV show Ozark Jubilee, where Red Foley suggested shortening her name to "Norma Jean." She recorded briefly for Columbia and then moved to Nashville in 1960, becoming a backup Vocalsist for Porter Wagoner's touring and television shows. She had met Wagoner on the Jubilee, and her new level of exposure led to a contract with RCA Victor. She had her first chart single, "Let's Go All the Way," in 1964; the song made the Top 15 and was followed by the Top 25 hit "I'm a Walkin' Advertisement (For the Blues)." That year she had her first Top Ten single, "Go Cat Go," which stayed on the country charts for four months and became a minor pop hit as well. Her chart success continued through the mid-'60s with songs such as "I Wouldn't Buy a Used Car From Him" and the innovative love-triangle trio "The Game of Triangles" (1965), which also featured Bobby Bare and Liz Anderson.
On television, Norma Jean presented a wholesome image at odds with her hurtin' and cheatin' songs, yet in her personal life both those themes were relevant. Around the mid-'60s, she became romantically involved with her mentor Wagoner, who was separated from his wife at the time. The affair led her to leave Wagoner's organization, but she continued to appear on the Grand Ole Opry (between 1965 and 1969) and recorded more singles for RCA. In 1967 she had two Top 30 hits, "Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You" and "Heaven Help the Working Girl," an early feminist song. In the late '60s, Norma Jean returned to Oklahoma after marrying Jody Taylor; she had her last chart hit in 1971 with "The Kind of Needin' I Need." The 1972 album I Guess That Comes From Being Poor echoed Parton's In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) and bore comparison with that masterwork. In later years Norma Jean struggled with alcoholism and announced a new commitment to Christianity. She continued to tour and to record occasionally on independent labels, and in 1982, she and Claude Gray teamed for a minor hit with a remake of "Let's Go All the Way."

Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Traditional Country, Honky Tonk

GREENBACK DOLLAR (1957) (Norma BEASLER)

I DON'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE (1964)

I'M A WALKIN' ADVERTISEMENT (1964)

IT'S A LITTLE MORE LIKE HEAVEN (1964)

Let's Go All The Way (1967)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1957 SP ROSE R-107 (US) . Norma BEASLER with The ROSEBUD ORCHESTRA - Greenback Dollar / Two People Fall In Love
05/1959 SP COLUMBIA 4-41400 (US) . Chapel Bells / Honolulu Queen
08/1959 SP COLUMBIA 4-41474 (US) . Gambler And The Lady / You Called Me Another Woman's Name
03/1960 SP COLUMBIA 4-41636 (US) . What Does A Poor Girl Do / Just Like I Knew
09/1960 SP COLUMBIA 4-41795 (US) . I Didn't Mean It / Some Place To Cry
1963 SP RIVERSIDE 4533 (US) . Call Me A Fool / My Foolish Heart
12/1963 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8261 (US) . Let's Go All The Way / Private Little World
04/1964 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8328 (US) . I'm A Walking Advertisement (For The Blues) / Put Your Arms Around Her
09/1964 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8433 (US) . Go Cat Go / Lonesome No 1
02/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8518 (US) . I Cried All The Way To The Bank / You Have To Be Out Of Your Mind
07/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8623 (US) . I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / I'm No Longer In Your Heart
11/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8720 (US) . You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind / Then Go Home To Her
03/1966 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8790 (US) . Shirt / Please Don't Hurt Me
07/1966 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8887 (US) . Pursuing Happiness / It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
09/1966 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8963 (US) . Norman JEAN with Liz ANDERSON & Bobby BARE - Game Of Triangles / Bye Bye Love
10/1966 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8989 (US) . Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You / Company's Comin'
03/1967 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9147 (US) . Conscience Keep An Eye On Me / Still
1967 SP RCA VICTOR 447-0736 (US) . Put Your Arms Around Her / Let's Go All The Way
07/1967 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9258 (US) . Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / Now It's Every Night
10/1967 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9362 (US) . Heaven Help The Working Girl / Your Alibi Called Today
03/1968 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9466 (US) . Truck Drivin' Woman / Suppertime
06/1968 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9558 (US) . You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / A-11
10/1968 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9645 (US) . One Man Band / I Can't Leave Him
03/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0115 (US) . Dusty Road / Love's A Woman's Job
07/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0214 (US) . These Flowers / Home Made Love
11/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9774 (US) . You're At Your Best / Long Ago Is Gone
02/1970 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9809 (US) . Two Good Reasons / Somebody's Gonna Plow Your Field
05/1970 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9854 (US) . Another Man Loved Me Last Night / What More Can I Do
09/1970 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9900 (US) . Whiskey Six Years Old / I'm Givin' Up
01/1971 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9946 (US) . Kind Of Needin' I Need / Little Unfair
05/1971 SP RCA VICTOR 47-9983 (US) . That Song Writtin' Man (Has Wrote My Mind) / Back To Hers
09/1971 SP RCA VICTOR 48-1016 (US) . Chicken Every Sunday / Heavenly
01/1972 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0643 (US) . Thank You For Lovin' Me / If I'm A Fool For Leaving
02/1972 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0749 (US) . Hundred Dollar Funeral / Sally Trash
11/1972 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0814 (US) . I Guess That Comes From Being Poor / I Know An Ending
04/1973 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0935 (US) . Only Way To Hold Your Man / Jersey 33
07/1973 SP RCA VICTOR APBO-0005 (US) . It's Long Way From Heaven / I Can't Sleep With You
01/1982 SP GRANNY WHITE 10009 (US) . Let's Go All The Way (with Claude GRAY) / We Climbed A Mountain Last Night (Claude GRAY)
1995 SP DESERT KID 95.007 (US) Norman JEAN & Herman Lammers MAYER - Faith In Santa / Season To Be Merry





Albums

10/1964 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-2961 (mono) / LSP-2961 (stereo) (US) LET'S GO ALL THE WAY - Memories From The Past / It's A Little More Like Heaven / Unloved Unwanted / One Way Ticket To The Blues / Let's Go All The Way / Put Your Arms Around Her / Lonesome No 1 / I Don't Love You Anymore / I'm A Walkin' Advertisement / My Baby's Not Here In Town Tonight / I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name / Why
11/1965 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3449 (mono) / LSP-3449 (stereo)(US) PRETTY MISS NORMA JEAN - He's Gone Gone Gone / Still / Love's Gonna Live Here / I'm No Longer In Your Heart / Go Cat Go / He Thinks I Still Care / You Don't Hear / Happy You Lonely Me / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / You Have To Be Out Of Your Mind / I Cried All The Way To The Bank / Together Again
12/1965 LP 12" HARMONY HL-7363 (mono) / HS-11163 (stereo) (US) THE COUNTRY'S FAVORITE - Gambler And The Lady / Just Like I Knew / Why Don't You Love Me / Chapel Bells / I Didn't Mean It / Honolulu Queen / What Does A Poor Girl Do / Always A Bridesmaid / You Called Me Another Woman's Name / Someplace To Cry
05/1966 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3541 (mono) / LSP-3541 (stereo) (US) PLEASE DON'T HURT ME - You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind / Shirt / Will You Be Here Tomorrow / Woman's Gotta Make A Stand / A-11 / Crying Time / Right Or Wrong I'll Be With You / Then Go Home To Her / Watch Where You're Going / Here We Go Again / Box It Came In / Please Don't Hurt Me
11/1966 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3664 (mono) / LSP-3664 (stereo) (US) TRIBUTE TO KITTY WELLS - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels / Amigo's Guitar / I Heard The Jukebox Playing / Three Ways To Love You / Mommy For A Day / Searching / Meanwhile Down At Joe's / Making Believe / I'll Repossess My Heart / You Don't Hear / Heartbreak USA / I Don't Claim To Be An Angel
03/1967 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3700 (mono) / LSP-3700 (stereo) (US) NORMA JEAN SINGS PORTER WAGONER - Dooley / Eat Drink And Be Merry / Country Music Has Gone To Town / Misery Loves Company / Company's Comin' / I've Enjoyed As Much Of This As I Can Stand / Howdy Neighbor Howdy / I Just Came To Smell The Flowers / Satisfied Mind / What Would You Do / Your Old Love Letters / I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name
05/1967 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3764 (mono) / LSP-3764 (stereo) (US) THE GAME OF TRIANGLES - Bobby BARE / Norma JEAN / Liz ANDERSON - One Among The Three Of Us (Bobby Bare, Norma Jean, Liz Anderson) / The Wife Of The Party (Liz Anderson) / Pursuing Happiness (Norma Jean) / Guess I'll Move On Down The Line (Bobby Bare) / Bye Bye, Love (Bobby Bare, Norma Jean, Liz Anderson) / The Game Of Triangles (Bobby Bare, Norma Jean, Liz Anderson) / Homesick (Bobby Bare) / Fairytale (Liz Anderson) / Three Mixed Up Hearts (Bobby Bare, Norma Jean, Liz Anderson) / Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You (Norma Jean) / Which One Is To Blame? (Bobby Bare, Norma Jean, Liz Anderson)
07/1967 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3836 (mono) / LSP-3836 (stereo) (US) JACKSON AIN'T A VERY BIG TOWN - Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / Walk Through This World With Me / Pursuing Happiness / You Ain't Woman Enough / Ride Ride Ride / Your Alibi Called Today / Try Being Lonely / It's About Time / From The Church To The Barroom / Don't Let That Door Knob Hit You / Now It's Every Night
12/1967 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3910 (mono) / LSP-3910 (stereo) (US) HEAVEN'S JUST A PRAYER AWAY - I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord / Tramp On The Street / Life's Railway To Heaven / Farther Along / Great Speckled Bird / I Saw The Light / There's A Higher Power / Where The Roses Never Fade / Suppertime / Precious Memories / Gathering In The Sky / Heaven's Just A Prayer Away
02/1968 LP 12" RCA CAMDEN CAL-221 (mono) / CAS-2218 (stereo) (US) HEAVEN HELP THE WORKING GIRL - What Locks The Door / Woman In Love / Pick Me Up On Your Way Down / No One's Gonna Hurt You Anymore / Don't Put Your Hands On Me / Heaven Help The Working Girl / Don't Put Your Hurt In My Heart / What Kind Of A Girl / Little Bitty Tear / Your Elusive Dreams
05/1968 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LPM-3977 (mono) / LSP-3977 (stereo) (US) BODY AND MIND - In The Park After Dark / Truck Drivin' Woman / Woman Hungry / Ramblin' Man / Dime At A Time / All Of Me Belongs To You / Once More I'll Let You In / Promises Promises / Body And Mind / Tippy Toeing / I Threw Away The Rose / Yesterday All Day Long Today
11/1968 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4060 (US) LOVES A WOMANS JOB - Just Treat Me Kind / I Cried Myself Awake / Welcome Home To Nothing / Future Ex-Mrs Jones / Throw Your Hat In First / Recipe For Marriage / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / Love's A Woman's Job / D-I-V-O-R-C-E / I Can't Leave Him / I Got You / No Another Time
05/1969 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4146 (US) COUNTRY GIANTS - Hey Good Lookin' / Make The World Go Away / Harper Valley PTA / Slowly / Don't Come Home A Drinkin' / Here Comes My Baby Back Again / Dusty Road / Still, Yours Love / Crazy Arms / Once A Day / I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
10/1969 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4227 (US) THE BEST OF NORMA JEAN - Let's Go All The Way / Shirt, Go Cat Go / Dusty Road / Conscience Keep An Eye On Me / Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / Truck Drivin' Woman / Heaven Help The Working Girl / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind
04/1970 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4351 (US) ANOTHER MAN LOVED ME LAST NIGHT - Another Man Loved Me Last Night / Long Ago Is Gone / What More Can I Do / Somebody's Gonna Plow Your Field / I Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You / You Wouldn't Know Love / Is Anybody Going To San Antone / You're At Your Best / Two Good Reasons / All I've Got Left / Home Made Love
10/1970 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4446 (US) IT'S TIME FOR NORMA JEAN - Same Old Story Same Old Lie / I Never Once Stopped Loving You / Midnight Cowboy / I'm So Afraid Of Losing You Again  / Rock Me Back To Little Rock / Whiskey Six Years Old / Hello Darlin' / Ever Since We Said I Do / Little Unfair / I'm Givin' Up
05/1971 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4510 (US) NORMA JEAN - Heavenly / Rose Garden / I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me / Come Sundown / That Song Writin' Man / Coal Miner's Daughter / If It's All The Same To You / Back To Hers / Don't Touch Me / Anita You're Dreaming
07/1971 LP 12" CAMDEN CAS-2511 (US) IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels / You Ain't Woman Enough / D-I-V-O-R-C-E / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / Ride Ride Ride / Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / Crying Time / Ramblin' Man / Satisfied Mind
08/1971 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4587 (US) NORMA JEAN SINGS HANK COCHRAN SONGS - Make The World Go Away / I Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You / Don't Touch Me / What More Can I Do / You Wouldn't Know Love / Welcome Home To Nothing / Your Alibi Called Today / Then Go Home To Her / Little Bitty Tear / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name
04/1972 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4691 (US) THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME - Thank You For Loving Me / He's All I Got / Lead Me On / Leavin' And Sayin' Goodbye / Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms / I Can't See Me Without You / I'm Sorry If My Love Got In Your Way / Kind Of Needin' I Need / Never Ending Song Of Love / Chicken Every Sunday
08/1972 LP 12" RCA VICTOR LSP-4745 (US) I GUESS THAT COMES FROM BEING POOR - I Guess That Comes From Being Poor / Hungry Eyes / One's On The Way / Life Of A Poor Boy / Hundred Dollar Funeral / Lord Must Have Loved The Poor Folks / There Won't Be Any Patches In Heaven / Po' Folks / Old Doc Brown / Coat Of Many Colors
05/1973 LP 12" RCA VICTOR APL1-0170 (US) ONLY WAY TO OLD YOUR MAN - I Can't Sleep With You / Teddy Bear Song / To Get To You / Lord Knows I'm Drinking / Only Way To Hold Your Man / Stoned Again / It's Not Love / You Lay So Easy On My Mind / Superman / It's A Long Way From Heaven
1993 CD ROMA NTJ-104 (US) MY BEST TO YOU - Company's Comin' / Thank You For Loving Me / Whiskey Six Years Old / Let's Go All The Way / Lonesome No1 / Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind / Put Your Arms Around Her / I'm A Walkin' Advertisement / Then Go Home To Her / You Have To Be Out Of Your Mind / I Can't See Me Without You / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / Conscience Keep An Eye On Me / Game Of Triangles / Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You / Go Cat Go / Shirt / Heaven Help The Working Girl / Truck Drivin' Woman
09/1998 CD Country Stars CST-55412 (NL)

First Ladies Of Country - Melba MONTGOMERY & Norma JEAN - Let's Go All The Way (Norma Jean) / Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You (Norma Jean) / We've Got A Good Thing Going (Norma Jean) / Company's Coming (Norma Jean) / You Needed Me (Norma Jean) / Bring Yourself Home (Norma Jean) / Don't Let The Good Times Fool You (Melba MONTGOMERY) / We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds (Melba MONTGOMERY) / Another Bridge To Burn (Melba MONTGOMERY) / Think I'll Go Somewhere (And Cry Myself To Sleep) (Melba MONTGOMERY) / Today You Stopped Loving Me (Melba MONTGOMERY) / My Heart Is Like Gibraltar (Norma Jean) / Cold, Cold Heart (Norma Jean) / I'm Not Ready Yet (Norma Jean) / Go Cat Go (Norma Jean) / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him (Norma Jean) / God May Forgive You But I Won't (Norma Jean) / No Charge (Melba MONTGOMERY) / After Losing You (Melba MONTGOMERY) / The Key's In The Mailbox (Melba MONTGOMERY) / Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long (Melba MONTGOMERY) / I'm Still In Love With You (Melba MONTGOMERY)'

02/2000 CD COLLECTOR'S CHOICE CCM 102-2 (US) THE BEST OF NORMA JEAN - Go Cat Go / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / Game Of Triangles / Let's Go All The Way / I'm A Walkin' Advertisement / Put Your Arms Around Her / I Cried All The Way To The Bank / You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind / Then Go Home To Her / Shirt / Pursuing Happiness / Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You / Conscience Keep An Eye On Me / Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / Heaven Help The Working Girl / Truck Drivin' Woman / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / One Man Band / Dusty Road / Whiskey Six Years Old / Kind Of Needin' I Need
04/2005 CD Heart of Texas HOTR-111 (US)

Loneliest Star In Texas - Let's Go All The Way / Loneliest Star In Texas / Anita You're Dreaming / Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor / In The Middle Of A Heartache / Before The Last Teardrop Dries / Crying Over You / Making Plans / Ashes Of Love / My Heart Skips A Beat / Please Come Back With My Heart / Good Morning / Introduction / Pretty Miss Norma Jean / Go Cat Go

07/2007 CD Omni OMNI-111 (AUS)

I Guess That Comes From Being Poor - I Guess That Comes From Being Poor / Hungry Eyes / One's On The Way / Life Of A Poor Boy / Hundred Dollar Funeral / Lord Must Have Loved The Poor Folks / There Won't Be Any Patches In Heaven / Po' Folks / Old Doc Brown / Coat Of Many Colors / In The Park After Dark / Truck Drivin' Woman / Woman Hungry / Ramblin' Man / Dime At A Time / All Of Me Belongs To You / Once More I'll Let You In / Promises Promises / Body And Mind / Tippy Toeing / I Threw Away The Rose / Yesterday All Day Long Today / Another Man Loved Me Last Night / Long Ago Is Gone / Somebody's Gonna Plow Your Field; / I Wish I Didn't Have To Miss You / You Wouldn't Know Love / You're At Your Best / All I've Got Left / Home Made Love

07/2011 CD Omni OMNI-147 (AUS) Heaven Help the Working Girl - Heaven Help The Working Girl / I Wouldn't Buy A Used Car From Him / Don't Put Your Hands On Me / The Future Ex-Mrs. Jones / Your Alibi Called Today / What Locks The Door / Pick Me Up On Your Way Down / Welcome Home To Nothing / Same Old Story Same Old Lie / The Shirt / I Cired All The Way To The Bank / Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town / One Mand Band / Then Go Home To Her / Pursuing Happiness / Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You / You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind / Put Your Arms Around Her / Conscience Keep An Eye On Me / Dusty Road / Truck Drivin' Woman / Go Cat Go / Let's Go All The Way / I'm A Walking Advertisement (For The Blues) / You Changed Everything About Me But My Name / The Kind Of Needin' I Need / Teddy Bear Song / Whiskey-Six Years Old / The Game Of Triangles (Norman Jean, Liz Anderson, Bobby Bare) / Satisfied Mind
04/2012 CD Heart of Texas HOTR 4167 (US)

Cowboy Church Gospel - Old Country Church / What A Day That Will Be / A Beautiful Life / Standing On The Rock Where Moses Stood / Gone Home / God On The Mountain / Feeling Mighty Fine / I Believe In You / When The Saints Go Marching In / Jesus Is A Cowboy / Heavenly / Thank You For Loving Me

11/2013 CD Heart of Texas HOTR 1732 (US)

Aged To Perfection - I Cried All The Way To The Bank / Columbus Stockade Blues / Couple More Years (with Daniel O’Donnell) / My Baby’s Gone / Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy / Satin Sheets / Heaven Help The Working Girl / I Can’t Stop Loving You / The Game Of Triangles (with Justin Trevino and Amber Digby) / Wabash Cannonball / I Never Promised You A Rose Garden / Today I Started Loving You Again

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