Nat Stuckey Biography
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b. Nathan Wright Stuckey II, 17 December c.mid-30s, Cass County, Texas, USA (his date of birth has been variously given as 1933, 1934, 1937 or 1938), d. 24 August 1988. After studying for and obtaining a degree in radio and television, he worked as a disc jockey, first on KALT Atlanta, Texas, and then moving to KWKH Shreveport, Louisiana. He began to entertain and between 1958 and 1959, fronting his own band the Cornhuskers, he played the local clubs until his performances won him a spot on KWKH's Louisiana Hayride, which he played from 1962-66. After first recording for Sim, he joined the Paula label and in 1966, "Sweet Thang", which reached number 4, gave him his first US country chart entry. He named his band after the song and during the late 60s, he registered further hits on Paula before moving in 1968 to RCA Records, when he also relocated to Nashville. His Top 20 hits included "Oh Woman", "My Can Do Can't Keep Up With My Want To", "Plastic Saddle", "Joe And Mabel's 12th Street Bar And Grill", "Cut Across Shorty", "Sweet Thang And Cisco" and a duet with Connie Smith of the Sonny James' 1957 country and pop number 1 "Young Love". (Gary Stewart played piano in Stuckey's band for some time). He recorded three albums with Connie Smith, including in 1970, an all-gospel album with one track, "If God Is Dead (Who's That Living In My Soul)", making the Billboard charts. During the 60s, he also had success as a songwriter with his songs becoming hits for other artists, such as "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" (a country number 1 for Buck Owens) and "Pop A Top" (a country number 3 for Jim Ed Brown). His name continued to appear in the charts in the 70s and he had major success with "She Wakes Me With A Kiss Every Morning" and "I Used It All On You". In 1976, he moved to MCA Records but by the end of the decade his career had begun to fade and his name had disappeared from the charts, the last entry being "The Days Of Sand And Shovels" in 1978. He continued to tour but could not maintain his earlier successes and was reduced to playing minor venues. In later years he worked as a jingle singer and did commercials. In 1985, he made a final trip to Europe, when he appeared in London at the Wembley Festival. He formed his own publishing company in Nashville but died of lung cancer in 1988.
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Remebering Nat from the '70s | Reviewer: Gary Jackson Price | 8/16/14
I confess to being very much "behind the power curve".
I only recently learned of Nat's passing back in '88 -- my much belated condolences are sincere, to be sure.
I met Nat very briefly at a little club outside of Charlottesville VA in late '76.
MCA had just released his Independence album, on which he had recorded one of my songs. I introduced myself, but I think he was skeptical about my identity, which was perfectly understandable.
I have read on (Wikipedia...?), that his music fell out of favor in the late '70s, and I guess I have never understood why.
I know he was a great singer and accomplished writer, and it just has never made any sense why I didn't hear much about him from that time on.
I'm sure that his music, and that of many of his contemporaries, is sorely missed by country music lovers (the good old country music, that is...).
Gary Jackson Price (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Meeting Nat when he worked for Kalt | Reviewer: Jalon Wall | 6/13/14
I first met Nat at KALT radio station in Atlanta, TX when I was about 8 years old. My older sister Alva Wall worked at the station as secretary and I would go with her sometimes to the office. Nat (who I knew then as Dudge would let me in the control room with him while he was on the air. During that same time his father who was a barber in Atlanta cut my hair. Later in 1965-66 as a young man I worked for First National Bank of Shreveport and Nat was at KWKH. I also met with him at the hayride once for a few minutes shortly after Buck Owens had a hit with "Waitin in your welfare line". A Short time later I performed on that same Hayride stage. He was a great singer/songwriter and never received the stardom he deserved. I will always be grateful Nat let me in the control room as a young boy.
Old Friend of Ann's and Nat | Reviewer: Frank M. Smart | 2/27/14
Ann (Nee Monkhouse) and I grew up together in the Cedar Grove section of Shreveport, La. We went to school from the lst grade to the 12th. In 1967 I was stationed in Indianapolis, Ind., and heard Nat was going to be playing at the Crazy Horse Lounge (I think) and called Ann's mother. She told Ann I was there and she came up and spent the weekend with Nat and we had a great, alto short, time together. He was a great singer and I thank Ann for keeping his music alive and available all these years. Ann, if you read this and want to contact me: email@example.com. Frank M. Smart, Columbia, Ca.
A note to Anne | Reviewer: William Zacher | 11/27/13
I have fond memories of you & Nat. Once when I was on the way to visit Florence I was passing your your home. Nat was washing the Caddy & waved me in. You were busy getting dressed & ready to go out. Needless to say I excused myself & went on to visit Florence. We met the next day at the auditorium to prepare the booth for the Festival.
NAT STUCKEY---GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN | Reviewer: Will Mark | 6/2/13
The corporate world, in my opinion,wrecked the good old country music as we used to know it.
I was a teenager when I first heard Nat Stuckey. We had a local radio station that was only 500 watts AM, but I think about everyone in the county listened to it back then.
Nat Stuckey's singing grew on you, and in time, you could recognize his voice right away.
This trash they call "country music" today is a mess, with extremely few exceptions. I don't even listen to it any more and a lot of my friends quit listening to the "new" country music.
Long live Nat. He was uniquely special and I think some people will still be listening to his recorded music 50 years from now.
Nat In Korea | Reviewer: Reg Owens | 3/21/13
I knew Nat as a fellow soldier in Taegu, Korea 1957-58 We were stationed at AFKN Taegu, now called Daegu. We were Armed Forces Korean Network disk jockeys and he was the leader of a band called the Statesiders Combo. There was a piano, tenor sax, drums, doghouse bass, and Nat was the singer and lead guitarist. He played jazz guitar like I had never heard before. He was also a first class piano player with an amazing left hand. The sax man was black, former US Army who married a Korean lady and was discharged in Taegu. He opened a clothing store in the NCO Club where the Statesiders played. Nat was easy going and made friends with everyone and had a huge radio audience of GI's and Koreans. I met his beautiful wife Ann several years later at a Nashville TV station. It has been an honor to be friends with Nat and I know he's making beautiful music in Heaven. Thanks Nat for all the fond memories.
I REMEMBER | Reviewer: Laura Linda Greene - Cummings | 2/17/13
When I was a small girl, growing up in Atlanta, Texas, I danced on stage many times, and one of those times, I remember my Mom saying: "You are going to be performing on the same program with Nat Stuckey." She was very proud of Mr. Stuckey, and that was the first time I learned about who he was. As a professional pianist, now in my 4th career, I appreciate him even more. We share something in common; Atlanta, Texas and Music!
great voice | Reviewer: pat browning | 12/16/12
I listened to Nat in the seventies and was amazed at his beautiful voice . His recording of Sand and Shovels is a jewel and I could never understand why it didn't shoot to number 1.I'm sure he and Waylon are up there singing it as a duet. Pat
Nat Stuckey and Cheryl Poole household words in our home. | Reviewer: Dana Harper Rowan | 8/13/12
I found this page trying to find a copy of the cover of Nat & Cheryl in front of Kelly's Truck Stop. My uncle was Cheryl's mgr for awhile. He and Nat were good friends. It were as if he were a part of our family, I heard his name so much. We played and sang his music, all the time. I remember going from Houston to go see him, Cheryl and others at the Louisiana Hayride. Such an exciting time.
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WHAT A TALENT AND WONDERFUL MAN | Reviewer: Cheryl Poole | 7/16/12
Nat and I were on the Louisanna Hayride and he took me under his wing and I became (the girl singer) on his show.I was with his show in Vegas,at the Golden Nugget.He and Ann were such a perfect couple.Always laughing and having fun. I moved to Calif.and continued my career, until I married one of the Chaparrel Bros. I would have loved to have seen Nat and Ann during those days.His death came as a shock.Maybe one day we will all meet again and sing on that big stage in Heaven.Ann, my love and very best to you.
New release | Reviewer: Ann M. Stuckey | 4/25/12
Hello to Nat Stuckey fans!
I will release a new cd titled "Words and Music By Nat Stuckey (and Friends) in June, 2012. There are two songs on the cd that have never been released. All songs were written or co-written by Nat. The cd will be available through Ernest Tubb Records, Catalong Music, and online with CD Baby, Amazon.com, and The Orchard, among others. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support.
Love to all.
"Don't You Believe Her" | Reviewer: Warren Latham | 10/5/11
I admired Nat Stuckey very much as an entertainer
My favorite recording of his was "Don't You Believe Her".
This recording, I believe, gave the truest re-
flection of Nat's great singing talent.
(I think Conway Twitty also recorded the song.
Nat and Ann were good folks | Reviewer: dan page | 2/5/11
I met Nat and Ann in 1962 in Shreveport. I was just dipping my toe into the music business and they were encouraging. I got transferred before we developed a real friendship, but I've always remembered their kindness. I think Waiting In Your Welfare Line is a great song.
"Nat Stuckey Really Sings" | Reviewer: William Babcock | 10/29/10
I was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier, LA. I would listen to the radio and I always loved to listen to Him and to listen to his songs. He had such a smooth singing voice that was easy to listen to. I purchased his album "Nat Stuckey Sings." On the cover shows him at "Kelly's Truck Stuck" standing in the door of an 18 wheeler and talking to one of the waitresses. The songs that is on the album, That he wrote are: DON'T YOU BELIEVE HER, I WONDER (Where the Bird Flies), WALL CLIMBER, SADNESS FOLLOWS ME HOME, SWEET THANG, ON THE OTHER HAND, PARALYZE MY MIND, JUST LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN, OH WOMAN, ROUND AND ROUND, POP A TOP, WITH TEARS,TEARS by Robin H. Brians. He will always have a warm spot in my heart.
A voice for all time | Reviewer: Ian Mills | 8/27/10
I travelled to USA from Australia in 1984 and met Nat & Ann in Nashville in July. His duets with Connie Smith are among in my opinion the greatest of all time. They complemented each other perfectly and singing together was indeed a match made in heaven.I also think that Nat's beautiful baritone on ballads was not really promoted as much as it should have been.He seemed to be promoted on Victor as a novelty singer and whilst this was a terrific side of his immense talent he was and is so much more.The same can also be said of another beautiful ballad voice in Kenny Price,
As of 8/24/10 Nat has been gone 22 years.Our music is all the poorer for his passing and not a day goes by that I dont think of him.He is not likely to be voted into the Hall of Fame anytime soon, but he will always be in mine.
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