Country Artist Don Wayne

One of his first successes as a songwriter was “The Lonesome Waltz”, co-written with Vic McAlpin and recorded by George Morgan in 1953. In 1958 Wayne recorded “Head Over Heels In Love” for the Swan label, followed the next year by “Poor Little Jimmy” for Look Records, which, though not a hit, was later recorded by both Hank Snow and Burl Ives.

His biggest successes as a songwriter included “Walk Tall”, recorded by Faron Young and a big UK hit for Irish singer Val Doonican in 1964; “Saginaw, Michigan”, recorded by Lefty Frizzell; “Belles of Southern Bell”, a hit for Del Reeves; “If Teardrops Were Silver”, recorded by Jean Shepard; and, his biggest hit, “Country Bumpkin”, a #1 hit on the Country chart in 1974 for Cal Smith. Smith also had hits with several more of Wayne’s songs including “It’s Time to Pay the Fiddler”, “She Talked A Lot About Texas”, and “Woman, Don’t Try To Sing My Song.” 

Wayne won three BMI Awards and an ASCAP Performance Award, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame in 1978.

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