Personalities | Wynn Stewart | West Coast Scene | Country

(Vocals, guitar, songwriter, 1934–85)

A formative figure of the West Coast hardcore honky-tonk movement, Stewart was a major influence on both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard (the latter played bass in Stewart’s band). He was a regular on KWTO in Springfield, Missouri when he was 13, before his family relocated to California. Skeets McDonald helped secure his Capitol deal and he made his chart debut with ‘Waltz Of The Angels’ (1956), though it was when he resigned from the label that he enjoyed his only No. 1 hit, ‘It’s Such A Pretty World Today’ (1967). In total he chalked up over 30 chart entries, but it was the role he played in helping establish a sound peculiar to the West Coast that will be his lasting glory.

Styles & Forms | West Coast Scene | Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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