Ralph Emory

A former all-night DJ at WSM (the one about whom the Byrds wrote "Drug Store Truck Driving Man") and a longtime host of Nashville Now, Ralph Emery has enjoyed a long musical career as well, consisting of several childrens' albums recorded with the puppet Shotgun Red, a co-host of Nashville Now. Born on March 10, 1933 in McEwen, Tennessee, Ralph Emery worked as a deejay at several radio stations in Tennessee and Louisiana before applying at Nashville's legendary WSM. Fortunately, the station had an all-night slot open, and Emery soon became popular around the area. He recorded for Liberty during the early '60s, and hit number four on the country charts with "Hello Fool," his answer to Faron Young's "Hello Walls." Married to Skeeter Davis from 1960 to 1964, Emery found chart success more elusive than his wife, and always returned to his radio show. Broadcast in 38 states for over 15 years, the program became the most popular country radio show in the country. By 1982, Emery began hosting the TV series Nashville Now for TNN, and his face grew just as popular as his voice had earlier. He retired from the show in 1993, but stayed at TNN to produce specials for the network. ~ Jim Worbois

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