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Classic Rewind: Johnnie & Jack – ‘I Get So Lonely’

RIP Johnnie Wright, who died yesterday at the age of 97. He was best known as the husband of Kitty Wells, but enjoyed a successful career in partnership with Jack Anglin, who died in 1963. This was the duo’s only Billboard #1:

One response to “Classic Rewind: Johnnie & Jack – ‘I Get So Lonely’

  1. Ken Johnson September 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Great clip of their 1954 hit, “(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely.”

    Johnnie & Jack shared the same birthday, May 13. Born two years apart (Johnnie 1914, Jack 1916) they became brothers-in-law when Jack married Johnnie’s sister Louise in 1938. Louise had been working with Johnnie and his wife Muriel as “Johnnie Wright & The Harmony Girls.” Muriel later adopted the stage name “Kitty Wells” and became “The Queen Of Country Music.”

    Johnnie & Jack first sang together in 1938. They spent many years performing live concerts and on radio programs before scoring their first big hit “Poison Love” for RCA Victor Records in 1951. Other notable RCA hits included “Cryin’ Heart Blues,” “Three Ways Of Knowing,” “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” “Kiss-Crazy Baby,” “Beware Of “It”” and “Stop The World (And Let Me Off).”

    The duo moved to Decca Records in 1961. When their name was misprinted on a record label as “Johnny & Jack” Johnny adopted that spelling for his first name.

    Jack Anglin died in a tragic car accident on March 7, 1963 en route to the funeral service for Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas.
    Johnny Wright continued his career performing with his wife in the Kitty Wells Family Show onstage and on TV. Johnny scored only one solo hit for Decca but it was a biggie. “Hello Vietnam” spent three weeks at #1 in late 1965. The timely song written by Tom T. Hall featured Kitty Wells in an uncredited harmony vocal appearance.

    A talented, classy gentleman Johnny will be most fondly remembered. Condolences to Kitty and their family.

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