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copies on the gospel charts. In the same year, he also released his first LP, Red Foley Souvenir Album
Red Foley was a well-known country and western singer. Born Clyde Julian Foley on a farm in Kentucky, he rose to fame with his recording of "Chattanooga Shoe Shine Bo. Foley began his professional singing career in 1931 at the age of 21. He starred in radio's Grand Ole Opry in the late 1940s after preparing his entrance to the Opry by working with Gene Autry on the the National Barn Dance Show. He had a brief stint in Hollywood as the star of the television series "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Foley hosted the first popular country music series on network television, "Ozark Jubilee", from 1955 to 1960. He also was heard on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Performed with the Anita Kerr singers, Foley sings this gospel hymn and released it on his album in 1958. Foley speaks with an amazing vocal delivery of the song with lyrics by Virgil Brock and Blanche Kerr Brock. His delivery is heartfelt and sincere and makes this one of his best songs which was not released as a single. 8. Sugarfoot Rag. This Western Swing by Foley reached number four on the country charts in 1950 and also crossed over to the Billboard charts, reaching number twenty-four.
At 39, Blaze Foley left this world with little evidence that he had ever inhabited it. He certainly never had any wealth - he was known by his friends for using duct tape to hold most of his possessions together - or fame - being shot to death probably got the local singer-songwriter more press than anything he did during his life - and his recorded musical output was sparse. Like the character in the Kris Kristofferson song, Foley was a poet and a picker, a walking contradiction, and a problem when he was stoned. I think Blaze enjoyed telling people that, he'd do a song and say, "This is off my album and the FBI has the master tapes. Then there was a recording going on with Spencer Starnes at Cedar Creek studios that was partially completed before was killed.