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 Merle Kilgore

Merle Kilgore

Birth
Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 6 Feb 2005 (aged 70)
Mexico
Burial Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 10439052 · View Source
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Songwriter. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he was a singer-guitarist, most noted for being a pop and country music songwriter. He began his career working as a disc jockey and musician before joining the Louisiana Hayride radio show as the principal accompanying guitarist. He debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, and appeared on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, in 1952, signing with Imperial Records in 1953. He wrote the song "More and More," which was recorded by Web Pierce and became a Top 10 Country Hit. He continued to generate other hits with his songs such as "Baby Rocked Her Dolly", "Ring "Wolverton Mountain", "Johnny Reb", "Love Has Made You Beautiful" and "Gettin' Old Before Your Time". By the 1980s, he became the long time manager and friend of entertainer Hank Williams Jr. Despite his activities in music management, he continued to perform into his 60s and remained a familiar figure in country music thanks to his songwriting. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 7 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10439052
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Merle Kilgore (9 Aug 1934–6 Feb 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10439052, citing Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .