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Billy Walker - The Tall Texan: Selected Singles 1949-62

Billy Walker - The Tall Texan: Selected Singles 1949-62

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Known as “The Tall Texan”, Billy Walker was a country singer who made his first records in 1949 and had his debut hit in 1954, going on to build a chart career that lasted over three decades, as he adapted his style to the changing country market.

This collection addresses the first decade and more of that career, when he firmly established his reputation and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Enjoying a career highlight with the No.1 country hit Charlie’s Shoes and the Top 5 hit Willie The Weeper in 1962, he was one of the first artists to record a song by Willie Nelson. Prior to that he was a regular on the Big D Jamboree radio show in Dallas as “The Masked Singer” in 1949, he also acted in the movies Second Fiddle To A Steel Guitar and Red River Round Up.

This 56-track collection comprises selected A- and B-sides from his releases on the Capitol and Columbia labels during these years, including duets with Jeanette Hicks. It features all his pop and country hits from this era, including the country No.1 Charlie’s Shoes, the No.5 Willie The Weeper and the Top 20 entries Thank You For Calling, On My Mind Again and I Wish You Love.

The set follows his progression through the country ranks as styles changed to the new Nashville sound, and he flirted with the rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll idioms along the way, and it’s an enlightening and entertaining introduction to a country star whose music merits more attention.

Walker continued to tour and remained a mainstay on the Grand Ole Opry, and was scheduled to perform two days following his death alongside Terri Clark and Porter Wagoner. He died in 2006 in a road accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a show in Alabama.


Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Headin’ For Heartaches Billy Walker
2 I'm Gonna Take My Heart Away From You Billy Walker
3 You Didn't Try And Didn't Care Billy Walker
4 Too Many Times Billy Walker
5 The Last Kiss Is The Sweetest Billy Walker
6 Beautiful Brown Eyes Billy Walker
7 I Ain't Got No Roses Billy Walker
8 Fifteen Hugs Past Midnight (Twenty Kisses Til' One) Billy Walker
9 Millie My Darling Walker Billy
10 What Makes Me Love You (Like I Do) Billy Walker
11 Who Took My Ring From Your Finger? Billy Walker & Leon Mcauliffe
12 One Heart's Beatin', One Heart's Cheatin' Billy Walker
13 If I Should Live That Long Billy Walker
14 Back Street Affair Billy Walker
15 The One You Hurt Billy Walker
16 You Have My Heart Now Billy Walker
17 Mexican Joe Billy Walker
18 Time Will Tell All Billy Walker
19 Don't Let Your Pride Break Your Heart Billy Walker
20 I Got Lost Along The Way Billy Walker
21 Thank You For Calling Billy Walker
22 Going, Going, Gone Billy Walker
23 I'm A Fool To Care Billy Walker
24 Kissing You Billy Walker
25 You're The Only Good Thing (That's Happened To Me) Billy Walker
26 Let Me Hear From You Billy Walker
27 Hey Billy Walker
28 Which One Of Us Is To Blame Billy Walker & Jeanette Hicks
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Fool That I Am Billy Walker
2 The Record Billy Walker
3 Why Does It Have To Be Billy Walker & Jeanette Hicks
4 I've Got Leavin' On My Mind Billy Walker
5 So Far Billy Walker
6 Especially For Fools Billy Walker
7 If You're Happy (Then I'm Satisfied) Billy Walker
8 On My Mind Again Billy Walker
9 The Image Of Me Billy Walker
10 I Need It Billy Walker
11 Put Your Hand In Mine Billy Walker
12 It'll Take Awhile Billy Walker
13 Where My Baby Goes Billy Walker
14 Ghost Of A Promise Billy Walker
15 It's Doggone Tough On Me Billy Walker
16 I Thought About You Billy Walker
17 Mr. Heartache Billy Walker
18 A Woman Like You Billy Walker
19 Storm Within My Heart Billy Walker
20 Changed My Mind Billy Walker
21 Forever Billy Walker
22 Gotta Find A Way Billy Walker
23 I Wish You Love Billy Walker
24 Faded Lights And Lonesome People Billy Walker
25 Yes, I've Made It Billy Walker
26 Funny How Time Slips Away Billy Walker
27 Joey's Back In Town Billy Walker
28 Charlie's Shoes Billy Walker
29 Willie The Weeper Billy Walker
30 Beggin' For Trouble Billy Walker
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