About Aubrey Allen Walker:
1920: Whitney, Hill, Texas
Aubrey A Walker 24 , Tx, Cotton Buyer
Oree Walker 22
Lucile E Walker 2 7/12
1930: Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas
Aubrey A Walke 35
Aubrey Walke 14
Lucille Walke 12
About Cindy aka Lucile E Walker:
HALL OF FAME
"I write...for people, for the artist and (they) all have different
personalities. I just write what I think will suit them..sort of a tailor-made song. Some ideas come
out of the blue, but not usually. I guess the more you write, the more you're likely to come up with
ideas. It's just labor, that's all there is to it....The title tells the story. If you can get a real
good title, you've got something. I always write from the title. I've never written a song without the
title...The words and music come together. It just sort of comes to you. The songs just sing themselves
to me. They kind of write themselves. I just stand back and listen..." "(Best tunes) are songs with
a face. You recognize them. You know them. It's like a person. They have a face that's outstanding.
Other songs don't have a face; you just hear them, that's all. The really good ones are few and far
Birth Name: Cindy Walker
Induction Year: 1970
Date of Birth: 7/20/1918
of Birth: Mart, Tx
Date of Death: 3/23/2006
Place of Death: Mexia, Tx
7--first entertainment work singing and dancing in "The Toy Land Review"
age 16--while working at
Billy Rose's Casa Manana in Fort Worth, Walker wrote "Casa de Manana"; became the club's theme song
over the summer with her parents to Los Angeles and stopped at the Crosby Building in Hollywood where
Larry Crosby (Bing's brother) became interested in "Lone Star Trail" (he demoed it and played it for
Bing and Lester Santly--Bing's music publisher); Bing recorded the song in December 1940
Star Trail" (recorded by Bing Crosby) released by Decca in February; went to #23 on the Pop charts
a five year recording contract with Decca based on the strength of her singing on "Lone Star Trail"
1941--Bob Wills recorded four of Walker's songs on July 24
1942-1944--wrote all 39 songs
used by Bob Wills in the eight western movies he shot for Columbia during this period
top ten country hit, "You're From Texas" recorded by Bob Wills
1944--first top ten country hit as
Decca artist, "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"
1947--decided to write full time after recording
contract with Decca ended mid 1960s--recorded an album for Monument Records of her biggest hits, "Words
& Music by Cindy Walker"
1970-- Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
into the Country Music Hall of Fame
1944--BMI Country Award\You're From Texas
Country Award\Triflin' Gal
1950--BMI Country Award\Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me
Country Award\The Gold Rush is Over
1954--BMI Country Award\Thank You For Calling
Award\I Don't Care
1958--BMI Country Award\Anna Marie\Hey, Mr. Bluebird
1962--BMI Popular Award\Dream
Baby\You Don't Know Me
1965--BMI Country Award\This Is It
1966--BMI Country Award\Distant Drums
Country Award\Distant Drums
1968--BMI Country Award\In the Misty Moonlight\You Don't Know Me
Popular Award\In the Misty Moonlight
1969--BMI Country Award\Heaven Says Hello
1971--BMI Popular Award\Dream Baby
1972--BMI Country Award\Dream Baby
Country Award\Cherokee Maiden
1981--BMI Popular Award\You Don't Know Me
1982--BMI Country Award\You
Don't Know Me
1982--BMI Popular Award\I Don't Care
1983--BMI Country Award\I Don't Care
Country Award\Dream Baby
1997--Country Music Hall of Fame induction
Artists: Jim Reeves
Artists: Bob Wills, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis
Artists: The Ames Brothers
Artists: Jim Reeves, Ed Ames, Jim Ed Brown,
Roy Orbison, Tex Ritter, Charley Pride
Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
Artists: Roy Orbison,
Glen Campbell, Lacy J. Dalton, Waylon Jennings, Patti Page, Cher, Del Shannon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Perry
Como, Al Hurt, Bob Regan & Lucille Starr (The Canadian Sweethearts)
Wills, Spade Cooley, Johnny Bond, The Sons of the Pioneers
Heaven Says Hello
Hey, Mister Bluebird
Artists: Ernest Tubb & The Wilburn Brothers
I Don't Care
Artists: Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Ricky Skaggs
In the Misty Moonlight
Jerry Wallace, Dean Martin, Bill Anderson, George Morgan, Faron Young, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Slim
Whitman, Skeeter Davis, Eddy Arnold
Lone Star Trail
Artists: Bing Crosby, Vaughn Monroe, The
Leo Reichman Orchestra
Artists: Bob Wills, Smokey Rogers, Tex Williams, Leon McAuliffe,
Asleep at the Wheel
Not That I Care
Artists: Jerry Wallace
Take Me In Your Arms (And
Artists: Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and Deborah Allen, Les Paul & Mary Ford
Artists: Billy Walker, Jo Stafford, Hank Show
The Day You Left Me
The Gold Rush Is Over
Artists: Hank Snow
This Is It
Artists: Jim Reeves,
Artists: Al Dexter (1945), Walt Shrum and his Colorado Hillbillies
You Are My Treasure
Artists: Jack Greene
You Don't Know Me
Artists: Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison,
Ricky Nelson, Willie Nelson, Don Gibson, Jackie Wilson, Joe Simon, Ruth Brown, Carmen McRae, Patti
Page, Faron Young, Jimmy Dean, Jim Nabors, Vic Damone, Floyd Cramer, Dottie West, Nancy Wilson, Henry
Mancini, Eydie Gorme, Bobby Goldsboro, Jim Reeves, Mickey Gilley, Jerry Vale, Ramsey Lewis, Richard
Manuel, Steve Marriott, Don McLean, Bette Midler, Roy Orbison, Anne Murray, Boots Randolph, Kenny Rogers,
Kenny Loggins, David Sanborn, Roger Whittaker
You're From Texas
Artists: Bob Wills, Billy
Mize, Charlie Walker, Roy Rogers
Warm, Red Wine
Artists: Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, George Jones,
Johnny Bush, Wes Buchanan
Cindy Walker, award winning songwriter, died March 23 in Mexia. Ms. Walker was
born in Mart and resided in Mexia for the last 52 years. Ms. Walker began her songwriting career in
Hollywood in the early 40s when Bing Crosby recorded "Lone Star Trail." This began a long, illustrious
career resulting in such hits as "You Don t Know Me," "Cherokee Maiden," "Misty Moonlight," "Take Me
in Your Arms and Hold Me," and "Dream Baby."
Ms. Walker wrote more than 500 songs which were
recorded by artists such as Roy Orbison, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Ray
Benson. Ms. Walker was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Fort Worth Cowgirl Hall of Fame
and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ms. Walker was preceded in death by her mother Oree
Eiland Walker, father Aubrey A. Walker, Sr., and her brother Aubrey A. Walker, Jr. She is survived by
nieces Carol Adams, Jerry Lawrence and husband John Lawrence, and Molly Dusenberry. In addition, she
is survived by three great nephews, Kenneth Mahoney and wife Betty Mahoney, Kevin Knebel and wife Fancy
Mills Knebel, and Christopher Kyle and two great nieces, Elisa Knebel and husband Girindre Beeharry
and Jennifer Dusenberry.
The family would like to thank her longtime companion and friend Willie
Mae Addikson for her care and devotion. Funeral services will be at the First Presbyterian Church,
Mexia at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 27. The Rev. Ken Lane and the Rev. Jack White will officiate with
interment following in the Mexia Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dick Flatt, Alden Gar ber, Frank Parker,
Bubba Garber, Clint Flatt and Glenn McGuire.. Honorary pallbearers are all of Her friends in the Music
Cindy Walker From Wikipedia, the
Cindy Walker, (July 20, 1918 - March 23, 2006) was an American singer/songwriter
Born in Mart, Texas, Walker wrote a great many hit songs for a number of country
music stars such as Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold, and Carl Smith. Walker wrote songs for Bing Crosby and the
1962 rock song "Dream Baby" for Roy Orbison. She also authored "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves, a song
that stayed at No.1 on the British charts for five weeks in 1966.
Other popular songs she wrote
include "You Don't Know Me" co-written with Eddy Arnold and subsequently recorded by Ray Charles, Jerry
Vale, Elvis Presley, and Mickey Gilley; and "In The Misty Moonlight" that was a big hit for both Jerry
Wallace and Dean Martin, plus the Western song made popular by Gene Autry, "Blue Canadian Rockies".
Los Angeles Times described her first sale:
In late 1940, the 22-year-old Walker accompanied her
parents on a business trip to Los Angeles. They were driving down Sunset Boulevard, when she spotted
the Crosby Building and asked her father to stop the car. "I had decided that if I ever got to Hollywood,
I was going to try to show Bing Crosby a song I had written for him called 'Lone Star Trail,' " she
recalled in a 1988 interview with the Chicago Tribune. "My father said, 'You're crazy, girl,' but he
stopped the car."
Walker grabbed her song-filled briefcase and went inside. A few minutes later,
she ran back to the car to get her mother to play the piano for her: Crosby's brother, Larry, had agreed
to listen to the song. With her mother accompanying her, Walker sang "Lone Star Trail." Larry Crosby
told her that Bing was looking for a Western song to record and might like it. The next day, she accompanied
herself on the guitar and sang it for Bing at Paramount Studios, where he was making a movie. Bing
Crosby, who called her "Sis," liked the song, and the unknown songwriter from Texas made her first sale.
also wrote many hit songs for Bob Wills and they co-wrote "Sugar Moon" which, years after being a considerable
success for him, was included by k.d. lang on her Shadowland album. All told, she wrote more than 500
recorded songs for an array of artists. In addition to her song writing, Walker also sang on stage
and recorded a number of albums. Some of her best recording work was produced by Fred Foster at his
In 1970, she became a charter inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of
Fame. In 1997 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1998 into the Texas Country
Music Hall of Fame. Her induction to the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997 by singer Barbara
Mandrell featured Walker accepting the award in an old evening gown. She then read a poem she'd written
for the show: "In the 1980's my mother bought me a dress...for a BMI affair... and she said, "When they
put you in The Hall Of Fame...that's the dress...I want you to wear"...and, I said, "Oh, mama...The
Hall Of Fame...Why, that will never be"...and the years went by...but my mother's words...remained in
my memory...and I know...tonight...she'd be happy...Tho she's gone now...to her rest...but I think of
all...that she did for me...and, tonight... I'm wearing that dress!.." The speech was followed by a
thunderous standing ovation and Walker left the stage after softly blowing a kiss in tears.
2006 American music icon Willie Nelson released an album's worth of Walker's songs. The album is You
Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.
Walker died in her hometown on March 23, 2006 of natural
Fri. March 24.2006 12:54 PM ESTFamed Singer-Songwriter
Cindy Walker Dies in Texas
Country Music Hall of Fame Member Wrote Classics for Eddy Arnold, Bob
Wills and Others
Cindy Walker, one of the most prolific and successful songwriters in the history
of country music, died Thursday (March 23) in her hometown of Mexia, Texas, following a lengthy illness.
She was 87.
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997, Walker has been the subject
of national media attention following the March 14 release of Willie Nelson's critically-acclaimed tribute
album, You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker.
Born July 20, 1918 in Mart, Texas, Walker
had the unique ability to write hits in a wide variety of musical styles ranging from hard-core country
to pop. With some 500 songs to her credit, the hits include Bob Wills' "Bubbles in My Beer," "Cherokee
Maiden" and "You're From Texas," Ernest Tubb's "Hey Mr. Bluebird" and "Two Glasses Joe" and Roy Orbison's
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)."
Walker was writing songs by the time she was 12. Traveling
to Los Angeles with her family in 1941, she insisted her father stop the car when she saw a building
that housed Bing Crosby's offices. An impromptu meeting with Crosby's brother led to the singer recording
Walker's "Lone Star Trail." In Hollywood, Walker also landed a recording contract with Decca Records,
began writing songs for singing cowboys and appeared in a series of short musical films known as "soundies,
" a precursor to music videos.
It was also in Hollywood where Walker first met Bob Wills, who
eventually recorded more than 50 of her songs, including more than 30 that were featured in his movies.
Walker's tenure on the West Coast also led to several other hits, including Eddy Arnold's "Take Me in
Your Arms and Hold Me" and Ernest Tubb's "Warm Red Wine."
In 1954, Walker and her mother moved
back to Texas, and Walker began spending more time in Nashville. Although Arnold's 1956 recording of
"You Don't Know Me" only reached No. 10 on the charts, their co-write is acknowledged as one of the
greatest country classics of all time. Walker had additional success with Hank Snow's "The Gold Rush
Is Over" and "The Next Voice You Hear" and George Morgan's "I Love Everything About You." Other Walker
hits include Gene Autry's "Blue Canadian Rockies," Jim Reeves' "Distant Drums" and "Anna Marie," Sonny
James' "Heaven Says Hello" and Jerry Wallace's "In the Misty Moonlight."
Indicating the timeless
quality of Walker's songs, Ray Charles' version of "You Don't Know Me" was a highlight of Modern Sounds
in Country & Western Music, his groundbreaking album from 1962. Mickey Gilley had a No. 1 hit with the
song in 1981, and Ricky Skaggs topped the chart a year later with "I Don't Care," originally a 1955
hit for Webb Pierce. Her songs have been recorded by a long list of artists, including Merle Haggard,
Glen Campbell and Michael Nesmith.
A charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,
Walker began to experience ill health following the death of her mother in 1991. Suffering from respiratory
problems, she was transported from her home to a Mexia hospital around 8 p.m. Thursday and died shortly
thereafter. Funeral services were pending Friday (March 24).
In the promotional materials for
his tribute CD, Nelson noted, "Cindy has written songs consistently over the years that have become
traditional standards. That sets her aside from your normal, everyday writer. She affected me and everyone
else who came along after her. We had to have heard her music before we could do ours."
Walker, prolific country songwriter, dies at 87
Texan wrote 500 songs, including 'You Don't Know
Me' and 'Bubbles in My Beer'
By Michael Corcoran
Friday, March 24,
She had never stepped inside a honky-tonk before writing "Bubbles In My Beer," one of the
greatest country and western drinking songs ever, for Bob Wills. Her material ranged from the smooth
ballad "Anne Marie" for country crooner Jim Reeves to the pop of "Dream Baby" for Roy Orbison to the
wacky "Barstool Cowboy From Old Barstow" for Spike Jones and the City Slickers.
never wrote a bad song in her life," Nashville producer Fred Foster said two years ago when the prolific
first lady of country songwriting was feted with a tribute concert at the Paramount Theatre. The spritely,
gregarious Walker, whose best-known composition, "You Don't Know Me," was recorded by everyone from
Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles to Elvis Presley and Michael Bolton, got up and danced a jig in the aisles
a few times during the Paramount show. It seemed like she would live forever.
Johnson for ENCORE
Cindy Walker, legendary Western songwriter, was inducted into the National
Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame on Friday at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.
But Walker, the
subject of a new tribute album by Willie Nelson, died Thursday evening soon after being checked into
a hospital in her native Mexia, about 40 miles east of Waco, with respiratory problems. She was 87.
affected me and everyone else who came along after her," Nelson said in a statement announcing the release
of "You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker," which hit stores March 14. "We had to have heard
her music before we could do ours."
The first woman inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall
of Fame in 1970, Walker said in a 2004 interview with the American-Statesman that in a career that spanned
seven decades, with nearly 500 songwriting credits, she never experienced discrimination or thought
of herself as a rarity in a male-dominated field.
"The one thing that everybody in the music
business is always looking for is a good song," she said. "If you could write some, it didn't matter
if you were male, female or orangutan."
Buoyant and unpretentious, calling everyone "Hon" and
"Sweetie," this unflappable music pioneer seemed like someone who could've settled the West, instead
of just writing songs about the new frontier.
She started writing songs, including future Wills
hit "Dusty Skies" at age 12. Ten years later, Walker received her first songwriting credit when Bing
Crosby recorded "Lone Star Trail" in 1941. Backed by her mother, Oree cq Walker, an exceptional piano
player who fashioned her daughter's simple, direct melodies into full-fledged compositions, Walker became
a tireless song plugger.
"I'm not intimidated by anyone," Walker said. "My father (a cotton buyer)
didn't know the music business at all, but he told me to treat it like any other business. Know the
market and sell, sell, sell."
The headstrong Walker always held her ground where her songs were
concerned. Ernest Tubb wanted to record Walker's "China Doll," for instance, but he wanted to change
the line "tiny pale hands" to "little brown hands." Walker refused. The china doll in her mind had tiny
pale hands. Tubb declined to record the song, which was taken to the pop charts by the Ames Brothers.
was briefly a Decca recording artist, hitting the Top 5 with "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again"
(which she didn't write) in 1944, and she played the sexy cowgirl in "soundies," three-minute flicks
that played between Western double features. But songwriter was the role she truly relished.
a gift for evocative lyrics and swaying melodies, Walker had a knack for crafting songs to the strengths
of certain artists. Her most special writer/artist relationship was with Wills, "The King of Western
Swing," who recorded more than 50 Walker songs, including "Cherokee Maiden," "Dusty Skies" and "Blue
Bonnet Lane," all pitched to Wills on a single afternoon in Los Angeles, where the Walkers relocated
in the 1940s.
The family moved back to Texas in 1954 and kept an apartment in Nashville, where
Oree Walker, whom everyone called "Mama," was as known for her Southern cooking as well as piano playing.
Walker, the daughter of gospel songwriting giant F. L. Eiland, passed away in 1991, which crushed Cindy,
who'd only been married once, for a short period of time.
"I miss Mama every day," she said
in 2004. "Every time I sit at the piano, Mama's grand piano, I remember how she played 'In the Misty
Moonlight' (a hit Walker wrote for Jerry Wallace) the day before she died."
Walker laughed about
how she used to get so excited when she finished a song that she'd sometimes wake her mother in the
middle of the night to get her to play it. A song was never finished until Mama gave it her touch. "It'll
be just as good in the morning," Oree Walker would say, then doze on back to sleep.
lived out her life in the three-bedroom house her brother bought for their mother 50 years ago. Although
old friends adored her and younger artists and songwriters figuratively kissed her feet at any opportunity,
Walker said she didn't really like too many visitors.
"You can't write good songs with company
dropping in," she said in 2004, a tunesmith to the core.
"She never stopped writing songs until
the very end," said Casey Monahan of the Texas Music Office, who often talked to Walker on the phone.
"Her last song was always her favorite."
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday
at the First Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Carthage St., in Mexia.
MUSIC NEWS - The Voice of Country Music in Canada
Obituary by Walt Trott
Music Hall of Famer (1997) Cindy Walker, 87, died in her hometown of Mexia, Texas, March 23, after suffering
from respiratory problems.
A charter member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International?s
Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970), Walker?s hits included Sugar Moon,Take Me In Your Arms and Hold Me,
I Don?t Care,Cherokee Maiden and You Don?t Know Me.
All totaled, Cindy Walker had 52 Billboard
country hits, recorded over several decades by such artists as Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Al Dexter, Eddy
Arnold, Hank Snow, Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, Jim Reeves, Sonny James, Merle Haggard, Jack Greene, Mickey
Gilley, Glen Campbell, Lacy J. Dalton and Ricky Skaggs.
Walker songs also hit the pop charts,
notably China Doll (Ames Brothers), Dream Baby(Roy Orbison), You Don?t Know Me (Ray Charles) and In
The Misty Moonlight (Jerry Wallace). Incidentally, Charles? cut on You Don?t Know Me also charted Top
Fred Foster, of Co-Heart Music, just completed production on Willie Nelson?s latest
album You Don?t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker for Lost Highway Records, released March 14.
had the album and loved it,? says Foster. ?Cindy was very excited about it. After listening to it, she
had a comment about Willie. She thought he sounded better than he ever had. She especially liked ?It?s
All Your Fault,? ?Miss Molly? and loved ?Don?t Be Ashamed Of Your Age.?
?Then she told me, ?Over
the years, I had many artists record You Don?t Know Me, but when Willie sings it, it?s the only time
I ever believed it.? She was very emotional when she said that. Willie actually called her up two or
three times during the production process. That made her feel good. We also brought in (Texas fiddler)
Johnny Gimble, and had Buddy Emmons (on steel), and what I call the rest of the super A Team (including
Brent Mason, Eddie Bayers, Michael