b. Howard Hausey, 1939, Minden, Louisiana, USA, d. 1994. Hausey began his career as a baseball player until injury forced him to change direction. As Howard Crockett he wrote ‘Honky Tonk Man’, ‘Ole Slew-Foot’ and ‘Whispering Pines’ for Johnny Horton. Crockett recorded for several small US country labels with musicians that included Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and the Jordanaires. Horton had taken the best songs, but Crockett did have some popularity with ‘If You Let Me’. In 1973 he almost reached the US country Top 50 with ‘Last Will And Testament (Of A Drinking Man)’, and then left the business. Dwight Yoakam had success with a revival of ‘Honky Tonk Man’, but Crockett did not return to songwriting until his son wrote ‘Daddy, Get Your Guitar Down. He also wrote a tribute to his dying wife, ‘Forever And A Day’.
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