Nation singer who was simply a pioneer from the honky tonk design of music and was inducted in to the Nation Music Hall of Popularity in 1984. He was a telegraph operator for Traditional western Union and performed mandolin and acoustic guitar at regional dances in the 1930s. His most well-known track was “They Took the Celebrities Out of Heaven,” released in 1944. His dad was a sharecropper in the natural cotton mill city of Post, Tx. His final recording, Influence, presented duets numerous popular country performers, including Dolly Parton.