Cindy Walker

Induction Year: 1970

Birth Name: Cindy Walker
Birth Date: July 20, 1918
Place of Birth: Mart, TX
Deceased: March 23, 2006
Place of Death: Mexia, TX

Discography / Career Highlights

Career Milestones:

age 7--first entertainment work singing and dancing in "The Toy Land Review"
age 16--while working at Billy Rose's Casa Manana in Ft. Worth, Walker wrote "Casa de Manana"; became the club's theme song
1940--traveled over the summer with her parents to Los Angeles and stopped at the Crosby Building in Hollywood where Larry Crosby (Bing's brother) became interested in "Lone Star Trail" (he demoed it and played it for Bing and Lester Santly--Bing's music publisher); Bing recorded the song in December 1940
1941--"Lone Star Trail" (recorded by Bing Crosby) released by Decca in February; went to #23 on the Pop charts
1941--signed a five year recording contract with Decca based on the strength of her singing on "Lone Star Trail" demo
1941--Bob Wills recorded four of Walker's songs on July 24
1942-1944--wrote all 39 songs used by Bob Wills in the eight western movies he shot for Columbia during this period
1944--first top ten country hit, "You're From Texas" recorded by Bob Wills
1944--first top ten country hit as Decca artist, "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"
1947--decided to write full time after recording contract with Decca ended mid 1960s--recorded an album for Monument Records of her biggest hits, "Words & Music by Cindy Walker"
1970-- Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
1997-- Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame


1944--BMI Country Award\You're From Texas
1945--BMI Country Award\Triflin' Gal
1950--BMI Country Award\Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me
1952--BMI Country Award\The Gold Rush is Over
1954--BMI Country Award\Thank You For Calling
1955--BMI Country Award\I Don't Care
1958--BMI Country Award\Anna Marie\Hey, Mr. Bluebird
1962--BMI Popular Award\Dream Baby\You Don't Know Me
1965--BMI Country Award\This Is It
1966--BMI Country Award\Distant Drums
1967--BMI Country Award\Distant Drums
1968--BMI Country Award\In the Misty Moonlight\You Don't Know Me
1968--BMI Popular Award\In the Misty Moonlight
1969--BMI Country Award\Heaven Says Hello
1971--BMI Country Award\Dream Baby
1971--BMI Popular Award\Dream Baby
1972--BMI Country Award\Dream Baby
1976--BMI Country Award\Cherokee Maiden
1981--BMI Popular Award\You Don't Know Me
1982--BMI Country Award\You Don't Know Me
1982--BMI Popular Award\I Don't Care
1983--BMI Country Award\I Don't Care
1984--BMI Country Award\Dream Baby
1997--Country Music Hall of Fame induction

Catalog Highlights:

"Anna Marie" - Artists: Jim Reeves

"Cherokee Maiden" - Artists: Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis

"China Doll" - Artists: The Ames Brothers

"Distant Drums" - Artists: Jim Reeves, Ed Ames, Jim Ed Brown, Roy Orbison, Tex Ritter, Charley Pride

"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" - Artists: Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Lacy J. Dalton, Waylon Jennings, Patti Page, Cher, Del Shannon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Perry Como, Al Hurt, Bob Regan & Lucille Starr (The Canadian Sweethearts)

"Dusty Skies" - Artists: Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Johnny Bond, The Sons of the Pioneers

"Heaven Says Hello" - Artists: Sonny James

"Hey, Mister Bluebird" - Artists: Ernest Tubb & The Wilburn Brothers

"I Don't Care" - Co-writer: Webb Pierce - Artists: Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Ricky Skaggs

"In the Misty Moonlight" - Artists: Jerry Wallace, Dean Martin, Bill Anderson, George Morgan, Faron Young, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Slim Whitman, Skeeter Davis, Eddy Arnold

"Lone Star Trail" - Artists: Bing Crosby, Vaughn Monroe, The Leo Reichman Orchestra

"Miss Molly" - Artists: Bob Wills, Smokey Rogers, Tex Williams, Leon McAuliffe, Asleep at the Wheel

"Not That I Care" - Artists: Jerry Wallace

"Take Me In Your Arms" (And Hold Me) - Artists: Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and Deborah Allen, Les Paul & Mary Ford

"Thank You For Calling" - Artists: Billy Walker, Jo Stafford, Hank Show

"The Day You Left Me" - Artists: Eddy Arnold

"The Gold Rush Is Over" - Artists: Hank Snow

"This Is It" - Artists: Jim Reeves, Mary Ford

"Triflin' Gal" - Artists: Al Dexter (1945), Walt Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies (1945)

"You Are My Treasure" - Artists: Jack Greene

"You Don't Know Me" - Co-writer: Eddy Arnold - Artists: Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Ricky Nelson, Willie Nelson, Don Gibson, Jackie Wilson, Joe Simon, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae, Patti Page, Faron Young, Jimmy Dean, Jim Nabors, Vic Damone, Floyd Cramer, Dottie West, Nancy Wilson, Henry Mancini, Eydie Gorme, Bobby Goldsboro, Jim Reeves, Mickey Gilley, Jerry Vale, Ramsey Lewis, Richard Manuel, Steve Marriott, Don McLean, Bette Midler, Roy Orbison, Anne Murray, Boots Randolph, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, David Sanborn, Roger Whittaker

"You're From Texas" - Artists: Bob Wills, Billy Mize, Charlie Walker, Roy Rogers

"Warm, Red Wine" - Artists: Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Johnny Bush, Wes Buchanan


Cindy Walker: "I write...for people, for the artist and (they) all have different personalities. I just write what I think will suit them..sort of a tailor-made song. Some ideas come out of the blue, but not usually. I guess the more you write, the more you're likely to come up with ideas. It's just labor, that's all there is to it....The title tells the story. If you can get a real good title, you've got something. I always write from the title. I've never written a song without the title...The words and music come together. It just sort of comes to you. The songs just sing themselves to me. They kind of write themselves. I just stand back and listen..." "(Best tunes) are songs with a face. You recognize them. You know them. It's like a person. They have a face that's outstanding. Other songs don't have a face; you just hear them, that's all. The really good ones are few and far between."


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