April 12 HAPPY BIRTHDAY “Cannonball” Lewis

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joe “Cannonball” Lewis (writer of “Before I Met You” Charlie Pride) born, April 12, 1924 was inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and was a highly underrated artist in the 1950s. He had a preference for railroad songs and that is why producer Fred Rose gave him the name “Cannonball”. Lewis recorded with musicians like Chet Atkins (Guitar), Joe Talbott (Steel Guitar), Gordon Terry (Fiddle), Goy Farmer (Rhythm Guitar), Shorty Whittaker (Mandolin) and Ray Brandenburg (Banjo).

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