Personalities | Johnny Rodriguez | Mainstream Country
(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1951)
Born in Texas, Rodriguez played guitar from the age of seven, starting his career during a jail sentence for stealing a goat. There he wrote songs, occasionally utilizing Spanish lyrics. A prison guard alerted Tom T. Hall to his talent, and Rodriguez moved to Nashville, working as a guitarist with Hall in 1971–72 and releasing his single debut, ‘Pass Me By’ (1972). Going solo, he topped the US country chart six times before 1976, once with a cover of ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’ (1973), the final Lefty Frizzell-penned hit song. With 45 country hits by 1989, Rodriguez fell into drug addiction, effectively ending his chart career.
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