American Country Music Singer, Performer, Country Honky Tonk Songster
Webb Pierce (8 August 1921 - 24 February 1991) was an American country music singer.
Born Webb Michael Pierce in West Monroe, Louisiana, he became a star performer on the Louisiana Hayride. Webb was one of country music's most popular honky tonk songsters. He was a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. His biggest hit, 1953's "There Stands the Glass" is regarded as one of country's classic "drinking songs". Other hits included "In the Jailhouse Now", " More and More", "Backstreet Affair", "Why, Baby, Why", “Oh, So Many Years", and “Finally”, the latter two being duets with Kitty Wells. In 1958, he recorded a rockabilly record "The New Raunchy"/"I'll Get By Somehow" for Decca under the name 'Shady Wall'.
Although his first chart action did not occur until January 5, 1952, Webb Pierce was the number one country artist of the 1950s with his singles spending 113 weeks at #1 during a decade which saw him chart 48 singles, 39 reaching the top ten, 26 reaching the top four and 13 reachng #1. Although he had no further #1 records, Webb continued charting until 1982 with a total of 96 charted hits.
In addition to his music, Pierce was known for his lavish Nashville mansion, which featured a guitar-shaped swimming pool, among other bizarre and amazing things.
Webb Pierce has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2001 he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He died of pancreatic cancer in 1991 and was buried in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.
Pierce is featured playing the song, "There Stands the Glass," in the 2005 documentary No Direction Home, by Martin Scorsese, about the influences on and early life of Bob Dylan.
Pierce's song, "More and More" was played in the title credits of 2006 horror film, The Hills Have Eyes.