Danny Dill enjoyed one of the most remarkable second acts in country music history -- after splitting with wife and longtime Grand Ole Opry duet partner Annie Lou Stockard, he abandoned his career as a performer in favor of composing and crafted some of the most indelible songs in the American roots music canon, most notably "Long Black Veil" and "Detroit City." Born Horace Eldred Dill in Huntingdon, TN, on September 19, 1925, he launched his performing career as a teen, singing and playing guitar on a series of radio stations including WTJS in Jackson, MS; KLCN in Blytheville, AR; WNOX in Knoxville, TN; and WMC in Memphis, TN. In 1944 Dill signed on with famed country comedian Whitey Ford -- the so-called "Duke of Paducah" was also responsible for suggesting his new hire change his name to "Danny." In addition to talents including Salty ...
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