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Darrell Orvis Glenn

  • Birth 7 Dec 1935 Waco, McLennan County, Texas, USA
  • Death 9 Apr 1990 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Colleyville, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 14629629

Singer. Songwriter. He was born in Waco, Texas. The family later moved to Fort Worth, Texas. He attended J.P. Elder Junior High and Fort Worth Technical High School. He was a regular on Bewley's Barn Dance on WBAP-TV in Fort Worth. He later appeared on Big D Jamboree. He was lead vocalist for "The Commodores." His father was songwriter, Artie Glenn, who wrote the song "Uranium" for the band. But Darrell Glenn made his mark in the music business with his 1953 recording of "Crying in the Chapel," written by his dad. Artie's group, the Rhythm Riders provided the instrumental backup to Darrell's recording of this song. The song was released and an immediate hit. Darrell's record on the Valley Records label reportedly sold over 15,000 copies in two months. He got the attention of the national record labels, but for the time being stuck with Valley Records. All of that happened before he was out of high school. Before he graduated in June of 1953, he hadn't been outside of Texas. After graduation, he hit the personal appearance trail visiting nearly 20 states and Canada under the promotion of Valley Records. That same year the group, the Orioles, recorded "Crying in the Chapel." In 1960, Elvis Presley recorded it and it went to number one on the charts after it was released in 1965. It was one of Elvis' 30 number one hits. Darrell also wrote several songs recorded by other artists. Among the songs Mr. Glenn wrote are "Indescribably Blue" recorded by Elvis Presley, "Bear With Me a Little Longer" recorded by Eddy Arnold, and "Only the Redeemed" recorded by Kenneth Copeland, which was nominated for a Grammy award. Darrell was co-owner of the Glendale label in 1959 and in 1968 was the A&R chief for Pompeii Records. Glenn also appeared on Valley, RCA, RPM, NRC, Fashion, Twinkle, Robbee, Longhorn, Arlen, Columbia and Pompeii lables. He died of cancer in Fort Worth, at the age of 54.

Bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks


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  • Originally Created by: Jane Stacy Eubanks
  • Added: 17 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14629629
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Darrell Orvis Glenn (7 Dec 1935–9 Apr 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14629629, citing Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .