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Cowboy Copas

A honky tonk singer popular in the late '40s, Cowboy Copas made something of a comeback in the early '60s before he died in the air crash that also killed Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Born Lloyd Estel Copas on July 15, 1913, he dropped out of school at the age of 14 and began playing fiddle in several string bands around his Ohio home. On a dare, Copas traveled to Cincinnati to enter a contest, and wound up performing on radio shows for Cincinnati's WLW and later WKRC. By 1940, Copas moved to WNOX-Knoxville with a band called the Gold Star Rangers.

Three years later, Cowboy Copas got his big break: He was tapped to replace Eddy Arnold as the vocalist for Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys on WSM-Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. He signed with King Records in 1946, and his debut single, "Filipino Baby," hit number four on the country charts that August. Two years later, Copas was back in the Top Ten with "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" (number two), "Tennessee Waltz" (number three), and "Tennessee Moon" (number seven). He also continued to perform with Pee Wee King on the Opry, recording a hit version of "Tennessee Waltz."

After the Top 20 singles "Breeze" and "I'm Waltzing With Tears in My Eyes," Copas hit the Top Ten again in early 1949. "Candy Kisses" peaked at number five, "Hangman's Boogie" reached number 14, and "The Strange Little Girl" hit number five. His next single, 1952's "'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered," hit number eight, but it was his last chart entry for more than eight years. His King contract expired in 1955, and a brief time with the Dot label also failed.

During the late '50s, Copas bided his time on the Opry, and he finally signed to Starday in 1960. His first single for the label, "Alabam," became the biggest of his career when it captured country's pole position for three months during the last half of 1960. "Flat Top" hit the Top Ten in April 1961, and a remake of his early hit "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" also reached the Top Ten in September. A year and a half later, Copas was returning to Nashville from a benefit show in Kansas City when his private plane went down, killing him, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Copas' son-in-law, pilot Randy Hughes. Cowboy Copas' last single, "Goodbye Kisses," hit the Top 15 one month after his death. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Complete Hit Singles A's & B's

Disc 1

1. Filipino Baby

2. I Don't Blame You

3. Breeze

4. Dolly Dear

5. Signed, Sealed And Delivered

6. Opportunity Is Knocking

7. Tennessee Waltz

8. How Much Do I Owe You

9. Tennessee Moon

10. The Hope Of A Broken Heart

11. I'm Waltzing With Tears In My Eyes

12. Down In Nashville, Tennessee

13. Candy Kisses

14. Forever

15. Hangman's Boogie

16. Blue Pacific Waltz

Disc 2

1. The Strange Little Girl

2. You'll Never See Me Cry

3. 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered

4. Because Of You

5. Alabam

6. I Can

7. Flat Top

8. True Love (Is The Greatest Thing)

9. Sunny Tennessee

10. Dreaming

12. New Filipino Baby

13. Goodbye Kisses

14. The Gypsy Girl

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Track List: Settin' Flat On Ready -- Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight

1. Circle Rock

2. My Autobiography

3. South Pacific Shore

5. New Filipino Baby

10. Alabam

11. Settin' Flat On Ready

13. Crazy Over You

14. Three Strikes And You're Out

15. How Much Do I Owe You

16. Tragic Romance

18. Feelin' Low

20. Hangman's Boogie

21. Texas Red

22. Look What I Got

30. I Can't Stop Loving You

31. Night Plane To Memphis

32. Don't Let Them Change Your Mind

34. Below The Mason Dixon Line

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