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Howard Crockett

Howard Crockett was born Howard Elton Hausey on Christmas Day of 1925 in northern Louisiana. As a child, Howard showed promise as a baseball player and was even scouted by professional teams, but an arm injury cut his career short. Following a spell in the Navy, Crockett began pursuing a musical career, writing songs. His career kicked into gear when he attended the Louisiana Hayride around 1956, where he met Johnny Horton. The singer took a liking to Howard's original "Honky Tonk Man," purchasing a third of the rights from Howard, with another third going to Horton's manager, Tillman Franks, and then Horton recorded the song, having a major hit with the tune and helping establish the tune as a country standard. (According to the liner notes by Claes Håken Olofsson, Bo Berglind, and Colin Escott for Bear Family's 2007's set Out of Bounds, Crockett also claims to have written "One Woman Man," but Franks states he wrote it with Horton.)

Following the success of "Honky Tonk Man," Howard Hausey relocated to Fort Worth, TX, and he began playing on the local Dallas show The Big D Jamboree, while Horton continued to cut some of his songs. Mac Wiseman then signed Howard to Dot Records, encouraging the singer to adopt Crockett as a surname. Crockett's first single for Dot, "If You'll Let Me"/"You've Got Me Lyin'," featured pianist Floyd Cramer, guitarist Chet Atkins, and the Jordanaires as supporting vocalists, and appeared in 1957. The next year, "Branded"/"Night Rider" was released. During the late '50s, Crockett regularly played the Louisiana Hayride with his band the Night Riders, while continuing to write for Horton, giving him such tunes as "All Grown Up" and "Whispering Pines."

Sometime in 1958, Dot dropped Crockett and he moved to the local Fort Worth imprint Manco, in 1959 releasing "Sleufoot the Bear," a song that Horton cut the next year as "Slew Foot." Two more singles followed for Manco in the next year, then in 1961 he signed with Smash, where he released three singles, all to no success. Crockett then moved to Motown's country subsidiary, Mel-O-Dy, where he released sides that emphasized his vocal similarities to Johnny Cash, but these too did not garner much attention. As the '60s gave way to the '70s, Crockett's career continued to stall -- partially due to his own resistance to cut deals (according to the Bear Family liner notes, he refused to deal with Hanna-Barbera in adapting his song "The Story of Bango" into a TV series), and partially due to bad breaks. He faded into the local Texas scene in the '70s, retiring from the music business. He died on December 27, 1994, from cancer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4

Disc 1

1. Castles In The Sand

2. Thank You (For Loving Me All The Way

6. Shambles

8. The Way You Do The Things You Do

9. Just Let Me Know

10. If Your Heart Says Yes

11. I'll Cry Tomorrow

12. He's A Good Guy (Yes He Is)

13. Goddess Of Love

14. How Can We Tell Him

15. Better Late Than Never

16. Run, Run, Run

17. I'm Giving You Your Freedom

20. (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You

21. Heartbreak Road

22. Only You

23. Right Now

24. Give Me A Kiss

25. She's My Baby

26. You're A Wonderful One

27. When I'm Alone I Cry

Disc 2

1. Can You Do It

2. I'll Stand By You

3. Set Me Free

5. Poor Girl

6. (Like A) Nightmare

7. If You Were Mine

8. Midnight Johnny

9. Keep Me

10. My Guy

11. Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me)

14. Devil With The Blue Dress

15. Wind It Up

16. Every Little Bit Hurts

17. Land Of A Thousand Boys

18. Bringin' In The Gold

19. I've Been A Long Time Leaving

20. Satisfied Mind

21. That's What's Happenin'

22. Once Upon A Time

23. What's The Matter With You Baby

24. Just Ain't Enough Love

25. I'll Be In Trouble

26. The Girl's Alright With Me

Disc 3

1. Hey Harmonica Man

2. This Little Girl

3. Little Acorn

4. Cold As Usual

5. You're Just Like You

6. Here Comes That Heartache

7. Try It Baby

8. If My Heart Could Sing

10. I Like It Like That

11. You're So Fine And Sweet

12. You're My Remedy

13. A Little Bit Of Sympathy, A Little Bit Of Love

14. Where Did Our Love Go

15. He Means The World To Me

16. Jimmy Brown

17. Everybody's Angel

18. I'll Always Love You

19. Sad Song

20. When I'm Gone

21. Guarantee (For A Lifetime)

22. Baby I Need Your Loving

23. Call On Me

24. Since I've Lost You

25. I Want Her Love

26. You Make Me Happy

27. You Never Looked Better

28. Candy To Me

29. If You Don't Want My Love

Disc 4

1. Dancing In The Street

3. Baby I Miss You

4. Leaving Here

5. My Smile Is Just A Frown Turned Upside Down

6. I'll Come Running

7. Looking For The Right Guy

8. Feel Alright Tonight

9. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)

10. Baby Baby I Need You

11. My Lil's Run Off

12. Spanish Lace And Memories

13. Satan's Blues

14. Monkey Jump

15. Bread Winner

16. You've Got To Change

17. It's A Crying Shame (The Way You Treat A Good Man Like Me)

18. Out To Get You

19. That's What Love Is Made Of

20. Would I Love You

21. Lifetime Man

22. Mr. Lonely Heart

23. Baby Don't You Do It

24. Walk On The Wild Side

25. Needle In A Haystack

26. Should I Tell Them

27. Happy Street

28. Sad Boy

Disc 5

1. Baby Love

2. Ask Any Girl

4. I'll Be Available

5. Soul Stomp

6. Hot 'n' Tot

7. What Good Am I Without You

8. I Want You 'round

9. Who You Gonna Run To

11. Sweet Thing

12. How Can I

13. Hello Love

14. The Further You Look, The Less You See

15. Tonight's The Night

16. You're Bad News

17. Too Many Fish In The Sea

18. A Need For Love

19. Come See About Me

20. You're Gone (But Always In My Heart)

22. Tears In Vain

25. Love Has Gone

26. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

27. Forever

28. A Little More Love

29. Go Ahead And Laugh

Disc 6

3. When Someone's Good To You

4. My Heart

5. Can You Jerk Like Me

6. That Day When She Needed Me

7. Come On Do The Jerk

8. Baby Don't You Go

9. Randy, The Newspaper Boy

10. Happy Ghoul Tide

11. Talkin' To Your Picture

12. Our Rhapsody

13. Ever Since The World Began

14. Long Long Time Ago

15. This Is The Life

16. My Way

17. My Girl

18. (Talkin' 'Bout) Nobody But My Baby

19. Come See About Me

20. Pride And Joy

21. Put Me In Your Pocket

22. The Miles

23. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'

24. Throw A Farewell Kiss

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Track List: The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 3: 1963

Disc 1

3. Goodbye Cruel Love

4. Envious

7. Laughing Boy

8. Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right

9. Sugar Cane Curtain

10. Dingbat Diller

11. It Should Have Been Me

12. Love Me All The Way

13. Locking Up My Heart

14. Forever

17. My Heart Can't Take It No More

Disc 2

7. My Baby Gave Me Another Chance

8. I'll Make It Up To You Somehow

9. Don't Let Her Be Your Baby

10. It Must Be Love

13. A Love She Can Count On

17. Pride And Joy

19. Your Old Stand By

20. What Love Has Joined Together

21. Baby Shake

22. Brenda

Disc 3

7. I'm Hooked

8. We're Only Young Once

9. Going Steady Anniversary

10. Pushing Up Daisies

13. Pa, I Need A Car

14. You Get Ugly

15. My Daily Prayer

17. (The Man With The) Rock And Roll Banjo Band

18. What Goes Up Must Come Down

19. Come On Home

21. Say You'll Never Let Me Go

22. Farewell My Love

23. May I Have This Dance

24. My Daddy Knows Best

25. Tie A String Around Your Finger

Disc 4

3. Give God A Chance

4. Have You Any Time For Jesus

5. Mickey's Monkey

6. Whatever Makes You Happy

7. There He Goes

8. That's The Reason Why

14. You Lost The Sweetest Boy

15. What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One

16. Work Out Stevie, Work Out

18. Can I Get A Witness

22. As Long As I Know He's Mine

23. He Won't Be True (Little Girl Blue)

24. I'm On The Outside Looking In

25. I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To

Disc 5

1. Just Loving You

2. Another Train Coming

5. The Big Wheel

6. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine

7. Forget About Me

8. Devil In His Heart

9. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes

11. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying

12. Such Is Love, Such Is Life

13. Quicksand

16. The Christmas Song

17. Christmas Everyday

18. May What He Lived For Live

19. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

20. Leaving Here

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