Join me at 11 a.m. October 20th for the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight featuring George Morgan.  The Country Classic Show kicks off at 9 a.m.

George was a country crooner like Leroy Van Dyke, Eddy Arnold and Jim Reeves.  He possessed one of the smoothest sounding voices in country music at the time.

He was born fifty miles West of Nashville, Tennessee in Waverly on June 28, 1924.   The family moved to Barberton, Ohio a few years later. He joined the Grand Ole Opry on September 25, 1948.

In 1949 he recorded his own composition, Candy Kisses, which was at the top of the charts for three weeks.  He also had several hits based on a rose theme including Room Full of Roses, Red Roses from the Blue Side of Town and Red Roses for a Blue Lady.

In 1974, he was the last person to sing at the Ryman Auditorium before the Grand Ole Opry moved to the Grand Ole Opry House.  He was also the first to sing in the new venue.  In 1973, a year before the Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium, he watched very proudly when his youngest daughter, Lorrie, made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Sadly George Morgan past away after his fifty first birthday from complications following open heart surgery July 7, 1975 at age 51.

More From 98.1 Minnesota's New Country