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Don Bowman


Created in Lubbock, Tx in 1937, Don Bowman satisfied a years as a child ambition by learning to be a disk jockey, functioning initially in Lubbock and Littlefield, sometimes with Waylon Jennings. Both men became close friends and later had written many songs collectively, including “Merely to Satisfy You” and “Anita, You’re Thinking,” which became strikes for Jennings. Bowman’s acoustic guitar playing (supposedly limited by three chords) led him to boast that he was the world’s most severe, which put into the comedy picture he conveyed in creating himself. He confident Chet Atkins into putting your signature on him to RCA Information in 1963 and he quickly had country graph achievement with [sic] “Chit Akins, Make Me a Celebrity.” Further successes included “Giddyup Do-Nut,” “Folsom Jail Blues Zero. 2,” “For Lovin’ You” (a duet with Skeeter Davis), “Dear Harlan Howard,” and lastly, in 1969, his edition of a music co-written with Jennings known as “Poor Ole Ugly Gladys Jones,” which presented guest looks by Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Bobby Bare. He was voted CMA Comedian of the entire year in 1967 and made an appearance in the films The NEVADA Hillbillys and Hillbillys inside a Haunted Home. His 1970 recording Whispering Nation was a tribute to Expenses Anderson.

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Full Name Don Bowman
Date Of Birth August 26, 1937
Died June 5, 2013, Forsyth, Missouri, United States
Profession Disc jockey, Actor, Comedian, Singer, Songwriter, Presenter
Nationality American
Music Songs Wildwood Weed, Coward At The Alamo, Hello D.J., I Never Did Finish That Song, Folsom Prison Blues #2, Power Tool Song, Willon And Waylee, Wrong House, Freddy Four Toes, 500 Miles The Wrong Way, Breakfast Food Song, Red River Sally, The Monkey Who Became President, That'll Never Sell Records, Go Somewhere And Find Myself A Sheep, For Loving You, Roy Raisin, Tijuana Drum and Bugle Corps, On The Road Too Long, Hollywood Clothes, I Get The Feeling We're Through, Letter To Ellie Mae, Little Diesel Drivin' Devil, How Come It Is, Surely Not, Freda On The Freeway, The Last Of The Bad Dates, County Agent Report, Boll Weevil Air Lines, I Fell Out Of Love With Love, I Wouldn't Do It, Dear Fred
Albums Our Man In Trouble, Fresh From The Funny Farm, Still Fighting Mental Health, Recorded Almost Live, Funny Folk Flops, Whispering Country, The All New Don Bowman, On The Road Too Long, From Mexico with Laughs, Support You Local Prison, Funny Way To Make An Album
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for Country Comedy Act
Movies Hillbillys in a Haunted House, The Las Vegas Hillbillys

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1 Co-wrote (lyrics) the 1974 hit song "Wildwood Weed" as performed by Jim Stafford
2 Was the original host of "American Country Countdown," radio's weekly review of the 40 most played and listened-to songs in country radio across the United States according to Billboard Magazine (from 1973 to the end of April 1978). Radio veteran Bob Kingsley hosted the show from May 1978 until the end of 2005; as of the weekend of January 21-22, 2006, Kix Brooks (half of the country singing duo Brooks & Dunn) is the all-new host.



Revenge for Jolly! 2012 writer: "A Shade of Difference"
Comedian 2002 Documentary writer: "Don and Dewey" - as D. Bowman
Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 performer: "Jamboree Time", "Jamboree Time" [reprise], "Wrong House" - uncredited



Hillbillys in a Haunted House 1967 Jeepers
The Las Vegas Hillbillys 1966 Don Bowman

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