Carl Belew

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Carl Belew
Carl Belew.png
Carl Belew in 1965
Background information
Birth nameCarl Robert Belew[1]
Born(1931-04-21)April 21, 1931
Salina, Oklahoma
OriginNashville, Tennessee
DiedOctober 31, 1990(1990-10-31) (aged 59)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1950s-1970s
LabelsDecca, RCA Victor, MCA
Associated actsJohnnie & Jack, Jim Reeves
 
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Carl Belew
Carl Belew.png
Carl Belew in 1965
Background information
Birth nameCarl Robert Belew[1]
Born(1931-04-21)April 21, 1931
Salina, Oklahoma
OriginNashville, Tennessee
DiedOctober 31, 1990(1990-10-31) (aged 59)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1950s-1970s
LabelsDecca, RCA Victor, MCA
Associated actsJohnnie & Jack, Jim Reeves

Carl Robert Belew (April 21, 1931 in Salina, Oklahoma – October 31, 1990) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Belew recorded for Decca, RCA Victor, and MCA in the 1950s through 1970s, charting 11 times on Hot Country Songs. He also wrote singles for Johnnie & Jack, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, and others.

Career[edit]

Belew's musical career began in the 1950s when he performed on the Louisiana Hayride. He signed to Decca Records by the end of the decade, reaching number 9 on the country music charts with "Am I That Easy to Forget",[2] which was later recorded by Skeeter Davis, Debbie Reynolds, Esther Phillips, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jim Reeves, and others. Also in this period, Johnnie & Jack recorded Belew's "Stop the World and Let Me Off", while Andy Williams recorded "Lonely Street".

Belew's only other chart entry for Decca was the Number 19 "Too Much to Lose", followed by the Number 8 "Hello Out There", his first RCA Victor release, in 1962. He continued to write songs for others, including "What's He Doing in My World" by Eddy Arnold and "That's When I See the Blues" by Jim Reeves; both Waylon Jennings and Susan Raye charted in the 1970s with covers of "Stop the World and Let Me Off".[1] Belew died of cancer in 1990.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positions
US Country
[2]
1959"Am I That Easy to Forget"9
1960"Too Much to Lose"19
1962"Hello Out There"A8
1964"In the Middle of a Memory"23
1965"Crystal Chandelier"12
1966"Boston Jail"43
"Walking Shadow, Talking Memory"65
1967"Girl Crazy"65
1968"Mary's Little Lamb"68
1971"All I Need Is You" (with Betty Jean Robinson)51
1974"Welcome Back to My World"56

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Carl Belew biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 46. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ "DEATHS ELSEWHERE Mr. Carl Belew - Country singer, songwriter". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 1, 1990. Retrieved 14 December 2012.