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POINDEXTER, CLARENCE ALBERT [AL DEXTER] (1902-1984). Clarence Albert Poindexter, country singer known as Al Dexter, was born in Jacksonville, Texas, in 1902. While working as a house painter, Dexter began performing in local bars and clubs. In the early 1930s he put together a band to perform in the outskirts of Longview, Texas. He signed a recording contract with American Recording Corporation in 1936. Dexter's "Honky Tonk Blues," which he wrote with James B. Paris, was the first country song to use the term honky-tonk. In the late 1930s Dexter owned a honky tonk himself, the Roundup Club in Turnertown, Texas.
Ernest Dale Tubb (February 9, 1914–September 6, 1984), nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, was an American singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of country music. His biggest career hit song, "Walking the Floor Over You" (1941), marked the rise of the honky tonk style of music.
Floyd Tillman (December 8, 1914 – August 22, 2003) was an American country musician who, in the 1930s and 40s, helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984.
Hiram King Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), better known as Hank Williams, was an American singer and songwriter and musician who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential songwriters of the 20th century. A leading pioneer of the honky tonk style, he had numerous hit records, and his charismatic performances and succinct compositions increased his fame.
Honky Tonk Confidential
It doesn’t get any better for musicians than this past week. The Fabs played our second gig inside the Air and Space Museum (reuniting with the lovely and talented Lisa Mathews), and another great Light the Night walk sponsored by the Leukemia Society. HTC played at a lovely fall festival in Haymarket and met a terrific sound guy – Paul “Soundpig” Koch.
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William Orville Frizzell (March 31, 1928 – July 19, 1975), better known as Lefty Frizzell, was an American country music singer and songwriter of the 1950s, and a leading exponent of honky tonk music. His relaxed style of singing was a major influence on later stars Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and George Jones.
Webb Michael Pierce (August 8, 1921–February 24, 1991) was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists of the 1950s, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade. For many, Pierce, with his flamboyant Nudie suits and twin silver dollar-lined convertibles, became the most recognizable face of country music of the era and its excesses. His biggest hit, "There Stands The Glass," is considered an iconic country drinking song. Pierce was a one-time member of the Grand Ole Opry and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Another type of stripped down and raw music with a variety of moods and a basic ensemble of guitar, bass, dobro or steel guitar (and later) drums became popular, especially among poor white southerners. It became known as honky tonk and had its roots in Texas. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys personified this music which has been described as 'a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, a little bit of black and a little bit of white...just loud enough to keep you from thinking too much and to go right on ordering the whiskey.'
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