Friday, September 23, 2016
John D. Loudermilk got some of his songwriting inspiration at the public library
Quoted in John D. Loudermilk, Who Wrote ‘Tobacco Road’ and ‘Indian Reservation,’ Dies at 82. (The New York Times, 9/22/2016)
In addition to "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" and "Paper Tiger", Loudermilk wrote this song for Sue Thompson. It spent 7 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 from late January to early March of 1962.
A couple of my Loudermilk favorites.
A #1 country song, 'Abilene', performed by George Hamilton IV also made a dent on the pop charts, spending 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1963, peaking at #15.
Also recorded by country singer George Jones, "Talk Back Trembling Lips" was a top-10 hit for Johnny Tillotson in late 1963/early 1964.