MY STORY

by Melanie Ann

Having been associated with a local country music station for 15 years, I came to appreciate good solid country music, including Bluegrass, and the artists that brought this venue to all of us; Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Jim Ed Brown, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens, Johnny Paycheck and so many more of the oldies but the goodies. Many are gone now but will always be remembered for their great contributions to country music But these are stories for another day here on Monroe Local News. And there will be that day.

So here is MY STORY.

Dick Flood
The suit I am wearing was sold to me with one other (which I couldn’t afford either one ) by Jim Reeves for a total price of $25.00. Market value at least $2000 for each. Dick Flood 1963

I want to tell you about an amazing man that I personally know and love. His name is Dick Flood. In the early fifties, this man served in the Army in Korea and the Philippines, honorably discharged. There he teamed up with a buddy by the name of Billy Graves. They formed a musical duo and called themselves “The Country Lads”. They became regulars on the Jimmy Dean show and recorded for Columbia Records. Dick made his living as a singer/song writer.

He had several chart recordings as an artist. HIs songs were also being recorded by artists such as Roy Orbinson, Porter Wagner, Anita Bryant, Cil Turner, Kathy linden, Billy Graham, Moon Mulligan, and others of that time. His most successful song put him in the Nashville Country Hall of Fame. It is entitled “Troubles back in town”. This song was recorded by the Wilburn Brothers, a most dynamic sound in country music and was recorded by Decca Records.

It was voted the Number One Country Song of the year in 1962.

Dick was honored by Cashbox and Billboard BOTH as the #1 ‘Up and Coming’ New Country Artist of the Year! He was a guest on the GRAND OLE” OPRY, the Friday Night Frolics on WSM and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop after the Opry on Saturday nights. He toured with Red Foley, George Jones, Ferlin Huskey, Ray Price, Martha Carson, Conway Twitty, Faron Young, Dottie West, Sonny James, Bob Luman, Jim Reeves, Minnie Pearl, Archie Campbell, George Morgan, Lonzo & Oscar and others.

An amazing man and artist! So who is he? And why don’t we know more about him? I’ll tell you in the next “MY STORY” right here on Monroe Local News!! So be sure to click in for the rest of the Story.

Melanie Ann Jackson is Co-Publisher and Marketing Director of Monroe Local News and Loganville Local News.

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