Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Country Songwriter John D. Loudermilk
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June 23, 2007 - John D. Loudermilk has written hit songs for country and pop acts for half a century. He began entertaining on radio and television in his native Durham, North Carolina, and issued his first recordings, as Johnny Dee, in 1957. Loudermilk moved to Nashville the following year, and by 1959 he had co-written his first #1 country song, “Waterloo,” recorded by Stonewall Jackson. An accomplished guitarist and vocalist with many recordings of his own, Loudermilk is best known for composing classics such as “Tobacco Road,” “Waterloo,” “Break My Mind,” “Talk Back Trembling Lips,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” “Ebony Eyes,” “Abilene,” “Sittin’ in the Balcony,” “Bad News,” “I Wanna Live,” and “Indian Reservation (the Lament of the Cherokee Indian).” He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This program includes audience Q&A, multi-media elements, and a brief performance.