What would it be like to be a part of country music history? Singer/songwriter and manager Merle Kilgore could have told you. He awed his fans with tales of his life in the music business, always with a supporting cast of impossibly famous friends. At age fourteen Merle carried the guitar for Hank Williams Sr. Four years later he wrote his first song, and Webb Pierce turned it into a million-seller. He double-dated with Elvis Presley, wrecked hotel rooms with Johnny Cash, held seances with Johnny Horton, and convinced Audrey Williams to put Hank Jr. on the road at fourteen-years-old. Merle became a prolific songwriter, entering the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He co-wrote his signature accomplishment, Ring of Fire with June Carter Cash. This work is listed by CMT as one of the top four all-time country music songs. These are just a few of the amazing stories of Merle's life, showcased in These Are My People, written by his grandson Mark Rickert.
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These are My People. A story of Merle Kilgore. Written by his grandson, Mark Rickert This book is a collection of stories about The Louisiana Hayride, Hank Williams Sr., Webb Pierce, and Faron Young thru the memories/stories of Merle Kilgore.. We learn that Elvis Presley bombed in his first performance on the Louisiana Hayride, suffering from stage fright. Elvis returned to the stage after a pep talk from Merle and et al. It is sad that a man would abandon his wife in a crowd and go backstage to see Elvis on his last Louisiana Hayride performance. Why didn’t he take his wife with him backstage?. It is no wonder they later divorced. I never realized there were that many differing stories regarding the writing of the song “Ring of Fire”. I found a major faux pas regarding the location of the original acetate recordings of “There’s a Tear In My Bear”. Although it is pronounced “Bernie”, it is spelled “Boerne” Texas. This is important to us Native Texans. Merle carried Hank Sr’s guitar, managed Hank Jr’s. career. He had 5 wives and a long career in Country Music. 3 stars. Interesting read