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Cowboy Copas


A honky tonk singer popular in the past due ’40s, Cowboy Copas produced something of the comeback in the first ’60s before he died in the air crash that also killed Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Created Lloyd Estel Copas on July 15, 1913, he lowered out of college at age 14 and started playing fiddle in a number of string rings around his Ohio house. On the dare, Copas journeyed to Cincinnati to enter a competition, and finished up carrying out on radio displays for Cincinnati’s WLW and later on WKRC. By 1940, Copas shifted to WNOX-Knoxville having a music group called the Yellow metal Star Rangers. 3 years later on, Cowboy Copas got his big break: He was tapped to displace Eddy Arnold because the vocalist for Pee Wee King’s Golden Western Cowboys on WSM-Nashville as well as the Grand Ole Opry. He authorized with Ruler Information in 1946, and his debut solitary, “Filipino Baby,” strike number 4 on the united states graphs that August. 2 yrs later on, Copas was back the very best Ten with “Authorized, Covered and Delivered” (number 2), “Tennessee Waltz” (number 3), and “Tennessee Moon” (quantity seven). He also continuing to execute with Pee Wee Ruler around the Opry, documenting a hit edition of “Tennessee Waltz.” Following the Best 20 singles “Air flow” and “I’m Waltzing With Tears in my own Eye,” Copas strike the very best Ten once again in early 1949. “Candy Kisses” peaked at quantity five, “Hangman’s Boogie” reached quantity 14, and “The Unusual LITTTLE LADY” strike quantity five. His following solitary, 1952’s “‘Tis Nice to Be Kept in mind,” strike number eight, nonetheless it was his last graph entry for a lot more than eight years. His Ruler agreement expired in 1955, and a short time using the Dot label also failed. Through the past due ’50s, Copas bided his period around the Opry, and he finally authorized to Starday in 1960. His 1st solitary for the label, “Alabam,” became the largest of his profession when it captured country’s pole placement for 90 days over the last 1 / 2 of 1960. “Level Best” strike the very best Ten in Apr 1961, along with a remake of his early strike “Signed, Covered and Delivered” also reached the very best Ten in Sept. A year . 5 afterwards, Copas was time for Nashville from an advantage present in Kansas Town when his personal plane transpired, eliminating him, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Copas’ son-in-law, pilot Randy Hughes. Cowboy Copas’ last one, “Goodbye Kisses,” strike the very best 15 a month after his loss of life.

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Full Name Cowboy Copas
Died March 5, 1963, Camden, Tennessee, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Edna Lucille Markins
Children Mike Copas, Gary Lee Copas, Kathy Copas Hughes
Music Songs Alabam, Tennessee Waltz, Hangman's Boogie, Signed Sealed And Delivered, I'm Waltzing With Tears In My Eyes, New Filipino Baby, Settin' Flat on Ready, The Rainbow and the Rose, Flat Top, Midnight in Heaven, An Old Man's Story, Sunny Tennessee, Circle Rock, From The Manger To The Cross, Don't Shake Hands With The Devil, Filipino Baby, Tennessee Moon, Tragic Romance, Beyond the Sunset, Remember Man Thou Art Dust, Strange Little Girl, A Thousand Miles of Ocean, South Pacific Shore, Blue Kimona, We'll Walk Along Together, Don't Let Them Change Your Mind, Cope's Wildflower, How Big Is Man, The Beginning and the End, Goodbye Kisses, 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered, I'm Glad I'm On the Inside Looking Out
Albums Tragic Tales Of Love & Life, The Country Gentleman of Song, Cowboy Copas - Hangman's Boogie, Greatest Hits, Tragic Romance, The Country Gentleman, Hymns and Sacred Songs, The Legendary, Louisian Man, Signed, Sealed and Delivered, Cowboy Copas Sings His All-Time Hits, The Beginning And The End, Remember, 14 Gospel Greats, The Complete Early Hits (Doxy Collection), Down in Nashville, Tennessee, My True Confession, It's A Lonely World, 20 All-Time Greatest Hits, Country Nostalgia, The Legend of Copas and Hawkins, Songs That Made Him Famous, Settin' Flat on Ready, Rockin' Rollin' Copas, Copasetic: The King & Starday Recordings 1944 - 1960, Cowboy Copas - Greatest Hits (Best Value Music), Wonderful 40´s, Coping Just Fine - [The Dave Cash Collection], Country - Great Hits, In Memory, Lowdown on the Hoedown!, Best Of The Best, Masterpieces Presents Cowboy Copas: Hits & Rarities (28 Country Songs), Alabam - The Best Of Cowboy Copas, Country, 22 Original King & Starday Top Billboard Hits Hits

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1 Is portrayed by John Fleck in Crazy (2008)
2 Is portrayed by Charlie Walker in Sweet Dreams (1985)
3 Died in the same plane crash as country legend, Patsy Cline.



Deuce and a Quarter 2012 Short writer: "Signed, Sealed and Delivered"
Opry Video Classics: Songs That Topped the Charts 2007 Video performer: "Alabam" / writer: "Alabam"
The Porter Wagoner Show 1961 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Square Dance Jubilee 1949 performer: "Signed, Sealed and Delivered", "Blue Pacific Waltz", "Hangman's Boogie"



Square Dance Jubilee 1949 Cowboy Copas



The Porter Wagoner Show 1961 TV Series Himself - Guest

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