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Jenny Lou Carson
Born:  January 13, 1915
Died:  December 16, 1978
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1971)
WLS National Barn Dance

About The Artist

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 were:

  • 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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Jealous Heart

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  46099 A I'll Keep Smiling
  46099 B Since I'm Learning Not To Yearn (So Much For You)
  46176 A Jealous Heart
  46176 B Tell Him I'm Blue
  6107 A Jealous Heart
  6107 B Dear God, Watch Over Joe
  9005 A Many Tears Ago
  9005 B You've Gotta Quit Makin' Me Blue
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6016 A Go West Young Man, Go West
  6016 B Honest Injun (I Love You)
  6024 A I'll Trade All My Tomorrows
  6024 B A Penny For Your Thoughts
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-2519 A I L-O-V-E You
  20-2519 B The Crossroad Where We Said Goodbye
  20-2605 A I'll Never Trust You Again
  20-2605 B What Do I Have To Do
  20-2842 A Too Good To Be True
  20-2842 B Gonna Give You Back To The Indians
  20-2996 A I Feel Like Cryin' (Over You)
  20-2996 B Troubled Heart

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