Webb Pierce

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Michael Webb Pierce (August 8, 1921 – February 24, 1991) was one of the most popular American honky tonk vocalists and guitarists of the 1950s, charting more number one hits than any other country artist during the decade.

His biggest hit was "In the Jailhouse Now," which charted for 37 weeks in 1955, 21 of them at number one. Pierce also charted number one for several weeks' each with his recordings of "Slowly" (1954), "Love, Love, Love" (1955), "I Don't Care" (1955), "There Stands the Glass" (1953), "More and More" (1954), "I Ain't Never" (1959), and his first number one "Wondering," which stayed at the top spot for four of its 27 weeks' charting in 1952.

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. Pierce was a one-time member of the Grand Ole Opry and was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A tribute album in his honor (produced by singer/songwriter Gail Davies) was released in 2001 entitled Caught In The Webb - A Tribute To Country Legend Webb Pierce.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 In the Jailhouse Now Willie Nelson & Webb Pierce 1
1985 Four Legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Faron Young, Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce 3
1994 King of the Honky-Tonk: From the Original Decca Masters, 1952-1959 Webb Pierce 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The Unavailable Sides 1950-1951 Webb Pierce 1
2000 The Wondering Boy (The King of the 50's) Webb Pierce 1
2001 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Webb Pierce Webb Pierce 1
2001 Famous Country Music Makers Webb Pierce 1
2008 Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight: High Geared Daddy Webb Pierce 1
Greatest Hits - Finest Performances Webb Pierce 1
Honky Tonk Songs Webb Pierce 1
The Wondering Boy 1951-1958 Webb Pierce 1
Webb Pierce - Country Hall of Fame Webb Pierce 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Back Street Affair / I'll Always Take Care of You Webb Pierce 1
1952 So Used to Loving You / That Heart Belongs to Me Webb Pierce 1
1953 There Stands the Glass / I'm Walking the Dog Webb Pierce 1
1955 Love, Love, Love Webb Pierce 1

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