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Dick Curless

Dick Curless was best known for singing truck-drivin' songs such as "Drag 'Em Off the Interstate, Sock It to 'Em J.P. Blues." A tall man with an eye-patch and rich baritone voice, Curless was often called the "Baron of Country Music," after one of his popular songs, "The Baron." He was born in Fort Fairfield, ME, and started out professionally in 1948 with the Trail Blazers at a radio station in Ware, MA. While with the group, Curless was billed as "the Tumbleweed Kid." He was drafted in 1951, and while stationed in the Far East frequently appeared on the Armed Forces Network, where he was known as "the Rice Paddy Ranger." He returned to Maine three years later and began singing in Bangor clubs. He got his big break when he won on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Afterward Curless began performing in Las Vegas and Hollywood; a record contract followed, but his budding career was interrupted by an illness.

He then returned to Maine, and soon was working with such stars as Gene Hooper, Lone Pine, and Betty Cody. He finally reached the country charts in 1965 with the Top Five hit "A Tombstone Every Mile," followed by nine more chart hits including the highly successful "Six Times a Day (The Trains Came Down)." In 1970, Curless signed to Capitol and scored a Top 30 hit titled "Big Wheel Cannonball," based on the classic "Wabash Cannonball." The follow-up, "Hard, Hard Traveling Man" (1970), made it to the Top 40.

During his career, he had a total of 22 hits. During the '60s, Curless was a member of The Wheeling Jamboree, and from 1966-1968 he toured with the Buck Owens show. During the '70s and '80s, Curless recorded infrequently, and eventually became a born-again Christian. He recorded an album in Norway in 1987, and by 1992 was a regular at the Cristy Lane Theater in Branson, MO. Curless died in 1995. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Best trucken songs ever
I love him because he is my great cousin and his music is awesome
best singer in country music
kennyg91
I like Dick Curless because he is my uncle and back in the 70,s he preformed on the the famous staceys jambo in maine . I once had the chance to sing with him in his home in Bangor ,Me.
Dick Curless was a very down to earth person whose music (some of his songs) reflect the real person. I love the depths of his voice range.His music is one of the best.A real people person in his shows!
downtownbrow n 4 9
Can you locate the song "The great race" by Dick Curless?
allstan6
Life time fan of the Baron. "Uncle Tom" was a favorite. Great voice. Korean War Vet.
Dick and I go back many,many years!I felt real bad when he died (still do)!
pachampa
also his mom worked in shoe shops many years ago
pachampa
love hear his songs
He was a friend of my family and remember listening to him and my grandfather playing in our living room. He is missed and was a hell of a guy

M. Gaedtke
I had the great privilege to meet Dick on several occasions, and he was as great to talk to as to hear his fantastic voice . He certainly was one of a kind, and yes, taken way to early.

Don, general890
Another golden voice that left us way to soon.

Tim Enbody
Michigan
prirish
I'm a Maine-e-ac and a big fan of Dick's. I believe it was during the late 60's and early 70's that he played from time to time at a little Country dance and party Club in Steep Falls, Maine. I remember seeing him there quite often.

Paul I
Standish, Maine

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