STOP THE WORLD: IT’S CARL BELEW
AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET?
Carl Belew was elected to the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1976, having written songs that became hits for for Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Waylon Jennings, Skeeter Davis and others. He started singing and writing songs in the 1950s, and ultimately became part of the Nashville scene. He was signed to 4-STAR RECORDS as a writer and singer in the mid-1950s and one of his first songs, Lonely Street, was picked up by Kitty Wells and then turned into a number five pop hit for Andy Williams in 1959. Belew wrote many country hits including Am I That Easy To Forget that went pop when released by Debbie Reynolds in 1963. He recorded for DECCA between 1958 and 1962 and then signed to RCA until 1968, racking up most of his hits there. Starting out with the back-country sound of the post-Hank Williams hillbilly singer, he soon added a degree of smoothness to his vocals that helped him fit well into the 'Nashville Sound' era. So he had authenticity, but also depth and presence.
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