Melba Montgomery sings “No Charge”

Melba Montgomery was born on October 14, 1938, in Iron City, Tennessee. She was born into a musical family and spent most of her childhood growing up in Florence, Alabama. Her father played the guitar and fiddle at the local Methodist church which lead Melba to learn how to play the guitar by the age of ten. By her teenage years, Montgomery was determined to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter in the music industry.
When Montgomery was 20, she won an amateur contest held by WSM’s Studio C, which at the time was the location of The Grand Ole Opry. In 1962, the famed Roy Acuff caught wind of Melba’s talents and assisted her in landing her first record contract with United Artist Records. Her first hit was a song she wrote called “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds,” which was a duet she performed with George Jones that placed on the charts for over thirty weeks, peaking at the number three spot. While this remained the duet’s top song together, it paved the way for a successful duet album called “What’s in Our Hearts” which included two other Top 20 hit singles, “Let’s Invite Them Over” and the title track, “What’s in Our Hearts.”
In 1964, Montgomery stepped out as a solo artist when she released “America’s No.1 Country and Western Girl Singer” featuring “The Greatest One of All” that reached No. 22 on The Billboard Charts. Montgomery continued to duet with Jones and eventually partnered up for a project with Gene Pitney.
In the latter part of her career, Montgomery continued to release solo music but found a large portion of her success in writing songs for artists such as  George Strait, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd, Terri Clark, John Prine, Jim Lauderdale, Sara Evans, Eddy Arnold, Connie Smith, Leon Russell, J.D. Souther, Rhonda Vincent, and many more.
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