Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.  At 11 am join me for the life and music of Stonewall Jackson on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight.  The Country Classic Show begins at 9 am at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online or download our new 98.1 mobile app.

Stonewall Jackson was born November 6, 1932 in Tabor City, North Carolina, the youngest of three children. He was named after confederate general “Stonewall Jackson.”

He became the first artist to join the Grand Ole Opry before obtaining a recording contract. In 2006, Jackson sued the Grand Ole Opry for $10 million, claiming age discrimination. The lawsuit was settled in October 2008 for an undisclosed amount of cash. Jackson returned to performing on the Opry.

Jackson will always be remembered for his smash number one hit, “Waterloo” in 1959. Written by John D. Loudermilk and Marijohn Wilken, this single was the most successful of his career spending five weeks at number one on the country chart. The song tells the tale of three famous people who because of their actions “met their Waterloo,” Adam who “ate the apple,” Napoleon, “at the battle” and Tom Dooley, who was hanged for murder.

 

Other hits include “Don’t be Angry,” “BJ the DJ” and “Life to Go.”

Jackson was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame October 11, 2012. He now lives on a farm in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Juanita. The couple has a son, Stonewall Jackson Jr.

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