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Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight To Feature Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson
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Join me at 11 a.m. on April 6th for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight featuring Stonewall Jackson.  The Country Classic Show starts at 9 a.m. on air and online

Stonewall Jackson was one of the most popular country stars of the late 1950’s and early 60’s.  He scored a string of top ten country hits and became a solid favorite at the Grand Ole Opry.

He moved to Nashville in 1956,  where he became the first entertainer to join the Opry without a recording contract.  It was 1957 when Jackson scored a recording contract with Columbia Records, and cut his first record, Don’t Be Angry.  Then he recorded a cover of George Jones’, Life to Go, which peeked at number two in 1959.  Later in 1959 he recorded, Waterloo, a smash hit reaching number one for five weeks on the country chart and number four on the pop chart. His second number one hit, B.J. the D.J.,arrived early in 1964.

In 2006 Stonewall sued the Grand Ole Opry for $10 million in compensatory damage and $10 million in punitive damage claiming age discrimination.  The lawsuit was settled in 2008 for an undisclosed amount of money.  He still performs at the Grand Ole Opry from time to time and has been a member of the Opry since 1956.

He was born November 6, 1932 in Tabor City, North Carolina.  He lives on a farm in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife Juanita, who is also his manager.  He has a son, Stonewall Jackson Jr.


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