Personalities | Gary Stewart | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, piano, guitar, 1945–2003)

Kentucky-born Stewart first recorded in 1964, and was a member of rock band The Amps. He co-wrote Stonewall Jackson’s 1965 country hit, ‘Poor Red Georgia Dirt’, and several for Billy Walker and others before signing to RCA in 1973. His first country hit was a cover of The Allman Brothers Band’s ‘Ramblin’ Man’ (1973), and he enjoyed chart success until 1989. His rough-edged vocals perfectly fit his songs of hard drinking and bar-rooms, and can be heard at his best in his 1974 country Top 10 hits, ‘Drinkin’ Thing’ and ‘Out Of Hand’, and his lone chart topper, 1975’s ‘She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)’. Apart from two duet albums in the early 1980s with Dean Dillon, Stewart recorded briefly for Hightone, and his death is believed to have been drug-related.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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