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Leon Roger Payne
Birth: Jun. 15, 1917
Alba
Wood County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1969
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

Country and Western Singer, Composer. The son of Jesse and Gertrude (Murdock) Payne, he was born blind in one eye and lost the sight of the other in a childhood accident. He played the guitar and several other stringed instruments. Some critics said he sang, "in the soft, smooth style of Eddie Arnold." On Aug. 16, 1948, he married Myrtie Velma Courmier. He met her at the Texas School for the Blind. In 1949, he wrote "I Love You Because" (a song inspired by his wife). It became a top hit and standard in country and western music. Payne often appeared on both the "Louisiana Hayride" in Shreveport and the "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville. Other well-known singers who recorded his songs were Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves and George Jones. (bio by: Deleon Todd) 
 
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  Myrtie Velma Courmier Payne (1918 - 2008)*
 
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Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Deleon Todd
Record added: Sep 28, 2003
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