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A sometimes shocking and painful biography of a country music legend, from his career on The Grand Ole Opry to his position as manager of songstress Dolly Parton. Wagoner's relationship with Dolly has been the subject of years of speculation, and here he and Dolly reveal those years ...
A sometimes shocking and painful biography of a country music legend, from his career on The Grand Ole Opry to his position as manager of songstress Dolly Parton. Wagoner's relationship with Dolly has been the subject of years of speculation, and here he and Dolly reveal those years through letters and personal notes from that time.
Posted July 28, 2000
You have got to read this book! If you like country music. You have got to read this book. If you like the weird side of country music then you have to read this book. Even if you think you know Porter Wagoner this book will give you information that will amaze you. A rat nibbled part of his ear off when he was a child. He took the engagement ring pretty Miss Norma Jean threw back at him, when he refused to get a divorce, and had it made into a ring for Mel Tillis. He produced an album for preacher Tony Alamo on which Tony sings duets with his dead wife, who Tony had promised to raise from the dead. He brought James Brown to the Opry, and he performed country music to a disco beat. He pioneered the attempt to bring country music to crossover audiences. This book is not yellow journalism. Based on solid research, some cooperation from Porter, and many interviews, Steve Eng simply tells the amazing story of Porter Wagoner's amazing life. If more of America read this book and knew the facts about Porter, he would take his rightful place as a premiere icon of country music in popular culture. In here you will find the true story of Porter songs with cult followings like 'The Rubber Room' and 'George Leroy Chickashea'. You'll also hear the unlikely story of his first big hit, 'Satisfied Mind'. Dolly Parton fans will find loads of information on her years with Porter. As you can tell, I love this book. I can't imagine a better one being written, although I hope someday that Porter himself will release the autobiography which he has described as 'too hot' to publish. But even then you will need this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.