b. Walter L. Cagle, 8 February 1936, Concord, North Carolina, USA. Cagle was raised in the Children’s Home at Winston-Salem and when old enough, he volunteered for the US Air Force. He grew to enjoy country music but had no serious thoughts of being a singer until after his Air Force release in the late 50s. He moved to California and with some assistance from singer Wynn Stewart, he signed with Capitol Records. In 1963, he had Top 30 hits with ‘Your Mother’s Prayer’ and his version of Stewart’s ‘Sing A Sad Song’ - the song that a month later became Merle Haggard’s first hit. After moving to Mercury Records, he had Top 40 success with ‘Honky Tonkin’ Again’, before in 1966/7 gaining his final three chart entries with Imperial Records, ‘Tonight I’m Coming Home’ (number 31), ‘Apologize’ (number 57) and ‘Longtime Travelling’ (a song from the Broadway musicalA Joyful Noise, number 75). He made appearances in Europe and occasionally worked with Hank Thompson before retiring, with many regretting that his career was so short. In the late 60s, he had Imperial album releases, the title track of one, Mi Casa, Tu Casa, probably being one of the best recordings never to make the country charts.
Share this page