Nat Stuckey

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Nat Stuckey
Birth nameNathan Stuckey[1]
Born(1933-12-17)December 17, 1933
Cass County, Texas
DiedAugust 24, 1988(1988-08-24) (aged 54)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1965–1988
LabelsPaula, RCA, MCA
 
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Nat Stuckey
Birth nameNathan Stuckey[1]
Born(1933-12-17)December 17, 1933
Cass County, Texas
DiedAugust 24, 1988(1988-08-24) (aged 54)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1965–1988
LabelsPaula, RCA, MCA

Nathan Wright "Nat" Stuckey (December 17, 1933 – August 24, 1988)[2] was an American country singer. He recorded for various labels between 1966 and 1978, charting in the top 10 of Hot Country Songs with "Sweet Thang", "Plastic Saddle", "Sweet Thang and Cisco" and "Take Time to Love Her"

Biography[edit]

Reared in Atlanta in Cass County, Texas, Stuckey attended Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington, from which he earned a radio and television degree.[1] Nat established himself as a radio announcer, first at KALT in Atlanta, Texas, and then at KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he worked alongside legendary announcer Frank Page.[3] At KWKH, Stuckey, along with Jim Reeves, became a member of the former Country music show known as the Louisiana Hayride.

In 1965, Stuckey co-wrote Buck Owens' number-one single "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line". He then wrote and recorded "Sweet Thang" on Paula Records.

Another of Stuckey's compositions, "Pop a Top", was recorded by Jim Ed Brown on RCA Records in 1967. A year later, Stuckey signed with RCA himself. Among his hits for RCA were "Plastic Saddle" and "Sweet Thing and Cisco".

Stuckey teamed with Connie Smith on the duet of "Young Love", followed by another single and two albums. The duo was in the final nominations for a Grammy for their version of "Whispering Hope".

After seven years with RCA, Stuckey signed with MCA Records. With Conway Twitty and David Barnes producing, his single "Sun Comin' Up" made the top 20, but none of his other MCA releases did. He last charted in 1978 with the number 26 single "The Days of Sand and Shovels".[1]

Stuckey also went on to direct in producing sessions, along with announcing and singing jingles on hundreds of regional and national commercials. He wrote two jingles for Coca-Cola in the 1970s, recorded twenty-two spots of McDonald's, and was the singing voice on the last Spuds MacKenzie commercial for Budweiser. He continued recording jingles into the 1980s.[1]

Another project was the ownership of Music Row Talent, Inc., a booking agency in Nashville, Tennessee, which was in business for twelve years. Through his Texas Promise Land Development Company, Nat began acquiring land in both Tennessee and Texas.

Shortly before Stuckey's death, Randy Travis released "Diggin' Up Bones", which Stuckey co-wrote.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumUS CountryLabel
1966Nat Stuckey Really Sings6Paula
1967All My Tomorrows28
1968Stuckey Style
Nat Stuckey Sings37RCA Victor
1969Keep 'Em Country27
Young Love (w/ Connie Smith)29
New Country Roads27
1970Sunday Morning with Nat Stuckey & Connie Smith (w/ Connie Smith)
Old Man Willis
Country Fever38
1971She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning20
Only a Woman Like You
1972Forgive Me for Calling You Darling37
Is It Any Wonder That I Love You40
1973Take Time to Love Her / I Used It All On You37
1974The Best of Nat Stuckey33
1976Independence37MCA

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1965"Hurting Again"single only
1966"Don't You Believe Her"Nat Stuckey Really Sings
"Sweet Thang"4
1967"Oh! Woman"17
"All My Tomorrows"27All My Tomorrows
"You're Puttin' Me On"67
"Adorable Women"41
1968"My Can Do Can't Keep Up with My Want To"17Stuckey Style
"Leave This One Alone"63single only
"Plastic Saddle"98Nat Stuckey Sings
1969"Joe and Mabel's 12th Street Bar and Grill"13
"Cut Across Shorty"15New Country Roads
"Young Love" (w/ Connie Smith)20Young Love
"Sweet Thang and Cisco"84Country Fever
1970"Sittin' in Atlanta Station"3316single only
"If God Is Dead (Who's That Living in My Soul)" (w/ Connie Smith)59Sunday Morning
"Old Man Willis"3131Old Man Willis
"Whiskey, Whiskey"31Country Fever
1971"She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning
(And She Loves Me to Sleep Every Night)"
115She Wakes Me with a Kiss Every Morning
"Only a Woman Like You"24Only a Woman Like You
"I'm Gonna Act Right"1734Forgive Me for Calling You Darling
1972"Forgive Me for Calling You Darling"166
"Is It Any Wonder That I Love You"26Is It Any Wonder That I Love You
"Don't Pay the Ransom"1828
1973"Take Time to Love Her"1014Take Time to Love Her / I Used It All On You
"I Used It All On You"2214
"Got Leaving On Her Mind"1436singles only
1974"You Never Say You Love Me Anymore"3195
"It Hurts to Know the Feeling's Gone"42
"You Don't Have to Go Home"36
1975"Boom Boom Barroom Man"85
1976"Sun Comin' Up"1333Independence
"The Way He's Treated You"46
"That's All She Ever Said Except Goodbye"42
1977"The Shady Side of Charlotte"48singles only
"Fallin' Down"
"Buddy, I Lied"63
"I'm Coming Home to Face the Music"62
1978"That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)"66
"The Days of Sand and Shovels"2629

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 410. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Nat Stuckey at Find-A-Grave
  3. ^ "Frank Page Obituary". Shreveport Times. Retrieved January 12, 2013.