She was known to be a 'vigorous singer of modern and old-time
ballads. And also won distinction as a songwriter back then. She
was on WLS and the Barn Dance back in 1943 or so. Back in those
days she was writing songs about home, soldier boys and sweethearts
and were immensely popular.
Some of the songs she wrote back then, "Some Day, Somewhere Sweetheart",
"I Left My Heart In Texas", "I'm Looking For A Sweetheart, Not A Friend".
Eventually, her songwriting talents earned her a spot in the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among some of the timeless classics she wrote
- Jealous Heart, first recorded by Tex Ritter
- You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often, her first number one hit
recorded also by Tex Ritter
- Let Me Go, Lover, her biggest career hit recorded by such artists
as Hank Snow, Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Teresa Brewer, Sunny Gale and
Joan Weber back then.
She acquired a nickname back around 1945 or 1946 - the "Radio Chin-Up Girl".
She got a lot of letters from servicemen and families it seems back then, so at a
time when people were burdened with grief, she was able to show her warmth
and sympathy in her disposition. She had a group called the "chin-up club" that
gained her national notoriety. The mission of the club? Simply - to "...spread
sunshine to the less fortunate." They said one of her ambitions was to have a
place called "Shut-In Town".
Timeline and Trivia Notes
- Born, Virginia Lucille Overstake
- One of the original Three Little Maids
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