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Cindy Walker
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    (July 20, 1918-March 23, 2006)
    Born in Mart, Texas
    Country songwriter and singer
    Notable songs include:
    ’Lone Star Trail’ for Bing Crosby
    ’Cherokee Maiden,’ ‘Dusty Skies,’ ‘Sugar Moon,’ ‘You’re From Texas,’ and ‘Bubbles in My Beer’ for Bob Wills
    ’Warm Red Wine’ for Ernest Tubb
    ’Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’ ‘for Eddy Arnold
    ’The Gold Rush Is Over’ for Hank Snow
    ’I Don’t Care’ for Webb Pierce
    ’Blue Canadian Rockies’ for Gene Autry
    ’Dream Baby’ by Roy Orbison
    ’In the Misty Moonlight’ and ‘Distant Drums’ for Jim Reeves
    Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1997)
    Despite being known as a songwriter, her biggest success as a performer – the top ten country hit ‘When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold’ (1944) – was a cover song.
    She kept her awards under her bed.
    She refused to reveal her age or discuss her personal life in interviews.
    She wrote her first song at age twelve.
    Her writing was described as ‘direct, honest, and unpretentious.’
    Her songs made the Top 40 of Billboard’s pop and country singles charts over 400 times.
    Producer Fred Foster declared, ‘Cindy Walker has never written a bad song in her life.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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