Roy Drusky (Roy Frank Drusky)

Roy Drusky

Roy Drusky

Drusky charted in Cashbox with “Wait and See” and “Our Church Your Wedding” in 1959.

In 1960, Drusky finally struck it big. At Decca Records, where he worked with producer Owen Bradley, he released a single called “Another”, which he co-wrote. Bradley was a well-known producer who had led legendary country singer Patsy Cline into big success in the early ’60s as well. Bradley helped smooth out Drusky’s orchestral tones; the next year, Drusky reached the Country Top 10 with the single “Second Hand Rose”.

In 1963, Drusky switched to Mercury Records and released his first hit from his new record company the same year he signed on to it. The song was called “Peel Me a Nanner”, which was written by Bill Anderson. He cut a lot of duets with Priscilla Mitchell: one of his biggest hits with her was the No. 1 hit “Yes Mr. Peters”. (Mitchell was the wife of Jerry Reed, another well-known country singer.) During his career, Drusky racked up a number of Top 40 Country hits.

Some of his Top 40 songs were written by famous singer-songwriters. Liz Anderson wrote “Pick of the Week” for him as well as “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” which is best remembered by the concurrent hit by Merle Haggard although Drusky’s was actually the more successful record at the time. Kris Kristofferson wrote “Jody and the Kid.” Another song, “Red, Red Wine”, was written by Neil Diamond.

Drusky appeared on most of the country music television programs of the era; and in 1965, he appeared in the movie White Lightnin’ Express and two other films as well, The Golden Guitar and Four Acre Feud.

On September 23, 2004, Drusky died at age 74 from complications stemming from lung cancer, which he fought for several years. A memorial service was held at the Highland Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Portland Tennessee. The service was attended by many of Drusky’s long time friends, musicians, recording artists and family.

Born

  • June, 22, 1930
  • Atlanta, georgia

Died

  • September, 23, 2004
  • Portland, Tennessee

Cause of Death

  • Lung cancer

Other

  • His remains were cremated

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