Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1937, Don Bowman fulfilled a childhood ambition by becoming a disc jockey, working initially in Lubbock and Littlefield, at times with Waylon Jennings. The two men became friends and later wrote many songs together, including "Just to Satisfy You" and "Anita, You're Dreaming," which became hits for Jennings. Bowman's guitar playing (supposedly limited to three chords) led him to boast that he was the world's worst, which added to the comedy image he conveyed in establishing himself. He convinced Chet Atkins into signing him to RCA Records in 1963 and he soon had country chart success with [sic] "Chit Akins, Make Me a Star." Further successes included "Giddyup Do-Nut," "Folsom Prison Blues No. 2," "For Lovin' You" (a duet with Skeeter Davis), "Dear Harlan Howard," and finally, in 1969, his version of a song co-written with Jennings called "Poor Ole Ugly Gladys Jones," which featured guest appearances by Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Bobby Bare. He was voted CMA Comedian of the Year in 1967 and appeared in the movies The Las Vegas Hillbillys and Hillbillys in a Haunted House. His 1970 album Whispering Country was a tribute to Bill Anderson.