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Carl Belew

Despite recording eight albums between 1960 and 1972, Carl Belew is best remembered as a songwriter whose work was covered by an eclectic group of artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Gene Vincent to Andy Williams. Born in Oklahoma in 1931, Belew first entered the studio in 1955; by the following year, he gained his first widespread exposure thanks to appearances on a pair of California-based radio programs, Town Hall Party and The Cliffie Stone Show. In 1957, he performed on the Louisiana Hayride.

Belew's composition "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)" hit the Top Ten in 1958 in a rendition by Johnnie & Jack; the following year, Andy Williams hit the Top Five with "Lonely Street," a song which would become Belew's trademark tune thanks to subsequent covers by Cline, Vincent, and Rex Allen, Jr. Later in 1959,Belew wrote "Am I That Easy to Forget," a Top 40 pop hit for actress Debbie Reynolds that was later recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Skeeter Davis, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, and Leon Russell. Belew's own rendition hit the Top Ten in 1959.

In 1960, Belew released his self-titled debut LP; in the same year, he notched a Top 20 hit with the single "Too Much to Lose." Two years later, a label change prompted another eponymous effort; the single "Hello Out There" earned him another Top Ten hit, his last. Between 1964 and 1968, Belew released an album a year, beginning with Hello Out There and continuing with Am I That Easy to Forget?, Country Songs, Lonely Street, and finally Twelve Shades of Belew. His last studio album, When My Baby Sings His Song, a record of duets with Betty Jean Robinson, was issued in 1972, while one final single, "Welcome Back to My World," appeared in 1974.

Throughout his career, Belew's songs continued to be popular with (and popularized by) other singers; Eddy Arnold hit number one in 1965 with "What's He Doing in My World," while Jim Reeves scored a posthumous success in 1968 with "That's When I See the Blues (In Your Pretty Brown Eyes)." "Stop the World (And Let Me Off)" also reached the Top 20 twice more thanks to a 1965 cover by Waylon Jennings and a 1974 version by Susan Raye. Carl Belew died of cancer on Halloween in 1990 at the age of 59. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Speak To Me

1. Speak To Me

2. Don't Let That Happen To Us

3. Lucky Ol' Me

4. Odd Man Out

5. Pretty Brown Eyes

6. I'm Gettin' Lonely

7. Take A Letter Miss Gray

8. Funny What A Pair Of Fools Will Do

9. Masquerade Party

10. My Pride Won't Let Me

11. I've Been Lonely Lately

12. Wishful Thinking

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Track List: Silent Partner

1. Silent Partner (Remastered)

2. Am I That Easy To Forget (Alternate Take)

3. I Wish I'd Never

4. Before I Go To Bed

5. Kentucky Waltz

6. You're Drivin' You Out Of My Mind (Remastered)

7. She Reads Me Like A Book

8. Release Me

9. Am I That Easy To Forget?

10. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

11. How Long Is Forever This Time (Remastered)

12. Home Away From Home

13. In The Middle Of A Memory (Remastered)

14. Don't Squeeze My Sharmon (Remastered)

15. You're Doing Things To Hurt Me (Remastered)

16. Crystal Chandelier (Remastered)

17. Can't You Hear Me Call Your Name

18. Too Much To Lose

19. I Don't Know How I'll Live

20. Too Much To Lose

21. Closest Thing To Me (Remastered)

22. Possum Holler

23. Grandma's Patchwork Quilt

24. Walking Shadow, Talking Memory (Remastered)

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Track List: Big Time Gamblin' Man

1. Happy Harry's Honky Tonk

2. You Never Want To Love Me

3. I Laughed So Hard I Cried

4. Big Time Gamblin' Man

5. We Take Care Of Love

6. Welcome Back To My World

7. Your Best Friend Loves You

8. I Won't Care What Happens

9. When True Love Walks By

10. I Can't Stand To Be Alone

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Track List: Wishful Thinking

1. Wishful Thinking

2. Don't Squeeze My Sharmon

3. Love's Been Good To Me

4. Just Out Of Reach

5. Little Miss Heartache

6. What's He Doing In My World

7. Three Cheers For The Red, White & Blue

8. Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On

9. The One You Slip Around With

10. Three Cheers For The Loser

11. You're The Only Good Thing

12. Make Up Your Mind (And Say Yes)

13. I Gotta Go Get My Baby

14. Where Do I Go (When I Get To Where I'm Going)

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Track List: Carl Belew

1. I Wish You Love

2. What's The Matter With Me

3. A Wasted Love Affair

4. I Know But Tell Me No

5. I Wish I'd Never

6. Too Much To Lose

7. That's What I Get For Loving You

8. You're The Only Good Thing

9. It Happened When I Really Needed You

10. I'm Gonna Stay Awake Tonight

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Track List: Hits Plus Ones I've Written

1. Hello Out There

2. In The Middle Of A Memory

3. Cyrstal Chandelier

4. Boston Jail

5. Walking Shadows, Talking Memory

6. Girl Crazy

7. Mary's Little Lamb

8. Odd Man Out

9. I Let Her Get Lonely

10. Even The Bad Times Are Good

11. Don't Squeeze My Sharmon

12. You're Driving You Out Of My Mind

13. How Long Is Forever This Time

14. The Closest Thing To Me

15. I Gotta Be Somewhere

16. Silent Partner

17. I Spent A Week There One Day

18. Help Stamp Out Loneliness

19. Am I That Easy To Forget?

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Track List: Am I That Easy To Forget And Other Hits

1. Am I That Easy To Forget

2. Crystal Chandeliers

3. Too Much To Lose

4. Lonely Street

5. Don't Squeeze My Sharmon

6. Even The Bad Times Are Good

7. Turn Out The Lights

8. Stop The World

9. What's He Doing In My World

10. Hello Out There

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Track List: Am I That Easy To Forget

1. Silent Partner

2. In The Middle Of A Memory

3. Drink Up And Go Home

4. (I Always Dress My Very Best) Before I Go To Bed

5. Kentucky Waltz

6. You're Driving You Out Of My Mind

7. She Reads Me Like A Book

8. Even The Bad Times Are Good

9. The Closest Thing To Me

10. Am I That Easy To Forget

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