Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Mike McKay
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The 101 number one song of the day was written and sung by a self confessed introvert whose songs were almost always based on personal experience. Although he was too modest to admit it, he had tremendous influence on many of rock’s biggest stars.
He was born in Vernon, Texas and grew up in Wink. His father gave him a guitar when he was six years old. By the time he was eight, he was playing on a Sunday morning country show on KVWC in Kermit. He almost gave away his first national hit to Elvis and the Everly Brothers. He arrived at Graceland at 6 in the morning and nobody was out of bed yet. Elvis sent down word that they could meet later in the day in Nashville. There he ran into Phil Everly and played him the song he’d written with his writing partner Joe Melson. Phil played him one of his own songs not realizing that today’s featured artist was playing him a song for the Everly Brothers to record. He was too shy to bring it up and Elvis hadn’t showed so he decided to record it himself. Shortly thereafter, he wrote today’s number one song in slightly more time than it took to record it. It arrived at number one June 5, 1961 – for Roy Orbison – “Running Scared”