Sep. 6, 1984 Nashville Davidson County Tennessee, USA
Musician, Songwriter. He was a farm boy born near Crisp, Texas, to sharecropper parents. One of the big country music stars of the day was Jimmie Rodgers, and Tubb aspired to be like him. He worked for the Works Progress Administration during the day and moonlighted at a San Antonio radio station by night. Several years after Rodgers' death, Tubb solicited an autographed picture from his widow. They got to know each other, and Mrs. Rodgers used her contacts to help Tubb get a recording contract. After a tonsillectomy, Tubb's voice changed dramatically. He then decided to concentrate on composing. Eventually, he returned to singing and had a hit with "Walking the Floor Over You." He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and performed on the show weekly for over 40 years. In addition, he broadcast his own radio show entitled "Midnight Jamboree" after the Opry show was over. Always a multi-tasker, he also owned the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Tubb was candid about his imperfections as a vocalist and didn't take it to heart when he occasionally missed a note – even when recording. However, despite this, he retained a loyal cadre of fans throughout his career. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tubb suffered from emphysema for the last 17 years of his life, finally succumbing to the disease at the age of 70.