Country singer who rose to stardom on the Grand Ole Opry and who sold more than eighty-five million albums. He wrote "You Don't Know Me."
He worked on a farm where he learned to play guitar. He also worked part-time as a mortician's assistance.
He had over one hundred and forty songs on the country Billboard charts and co-wrote "You Don't Know Me."
His parents were both musicians. He married Sally Gayhart on November 28, 1941.