Personalities | Melba Montgomery | Mainstream Country
(Vocals, songwriter, fiddle, b. 1938)
Born in Tennessee and raised in Alabama, Melba Montgomery toured with Roy Acuff’s band between 1958 and 1962 before going solo. Fourteen of her 30 country hits were duets, initially with George Jones. Her greatest success with Jones – ‘We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds’ (1963) – was followed by ‘Baby Ain’t That Fine’ (1966) with Gene Pitney and several with Charlie Louvin. The deep-voiced vocalist’s 1974 narration, ‘No Charge’, her only No. 1, was covered in Britain by J.J. Barrie, but her songwriting is currently gaining many covers, especially with acoustic acts.
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