John D. Loudermilk

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John D. Loudermilk
Also known asJohnny Dee
Ebe Sneezer
Born(1934-03-31) March 31, 1934 (age 79)
Durham, North Carolina
GenresCountry, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
LabelsColonial
Columbia
RCA Victor
 
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John D. Loudermilk
Also known asJohnny Dee
Ebe Sneezer
Born(1934-03-31) March 31, 1934 (age 79)
Durham, North Carolina
GenresCountry, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
LabelsColonial
Columbia
RCA Victor

John D. Loudermilk (born March 31, 1934) is an American singer and songwriter.

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Biography[edit]

Born in Durham, North Carolina, Loudermilk grew up in a family who were members of the Salvation Army faith and was influenced by the church singing. His cousins Ira and Charlie Loudermilk were known professionally as the Louvin Brothers. Loudermilk is a graduate of Campbell College (now Campbell University), a private North Carolina Baptist Convention-owned college in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

As a young boy he learned to play the guitar, and while still in his teens wrote a poem that he set to music, A Rose and a Baby Ruth. The owners of the local television station, where he worked as a handyman, allowed him to play the song on-air, resulting in country musician George Hamilton IV putting it on record in 1956. After Eddie Cochran had his first hit record with Loudermilk's song, "Sittin' in the Balcony", Loudermilk's career path was firmly set.

Loudermilk recorded some of his songs, including "Sittin' in the Balcony", under the stage name Johnny Dee (reaching No. 38 on the pop charts in 1957).

His recording label was RCA Victor, where he had a number of hits:

But it was as a songwriter that he made his mark. In 1963 he wrote another all-time hit for George Hamilton IV, Abilene. Working out of country music capital Nashville, Tennessee, Loudermilk became one of the most productive songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, penning country and pop music hits for the Everly Brothers, Johnny Tillotson, Chet Atkins, The Nashville Teens, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithfull, Stonewall Jackson, Sue Thompson and others. For example, he wrote The Pale Faced Indian, later known as Indian Reservation, a hit in the 70s.

"Midnight Bus" was recorded by several singers, and he commented that the best was by Betty McQuade in Melbourne, Australia.

Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976[1] and was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011.[2]

Notable compositions[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1961Language of LoveRCA
1962Twelve Sides of John D. Loudermilk
1966A Bizarre Collection of the Most Unusual Songs
1967Suburban Attitudes in Country Verse
1968Country Love Songs
1969The Open Mind of John D. Loudermilk
1970The Best of John D. Loudermilk
1971Volume 1-ElloreeWarner
1979Just Passing ThroughMIM

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUS
1957"Sittin' in the Balcony"38single only
1961"Language of Love"32Language of Love
1962"Thou Shalt Not Steal"73singles only
"Callin' Dr. Casey"83
"Road Hog"65Twelve Sides
1963"Bad News" (b/w "Guitar Player(Her and Him)")23singles only
1964"Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line)"44132
"Th' Wife"45
1965"That Ain't All"20
1966"Silver Cloud Talkin' Blues"A Bizarre Collection of the Most Unusual Songs
"You're the Guilty One"single only
1967"It's My Time"51Suburban Attitudes in Country Verse
1968"Odd Folks of Okracoke"single only
1969"Brown Girl"The Open Mind of John D. Loudermilk
1971"Lord Have Mercy"Volume 1-Elloree
1979"Every Day I Learn a Little More About Love"Just Passing Through

Guest singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistUS Country
1967"Chet's Tune"Some of Chet's Friends38

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/l-o/john-d-loudermilk.aspx, retrieved April 16, 2013  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "2011 Inductees". North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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