Glenn Sutton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. (Winfred W.) Sutton who lived in Jackson,
Mississippi at the time of her son's marriage in 1968. Glenn was
born in Hodge, Louisiana, a town due east of Bossier City. Glenn grew up in Henderson,
Texas and actually began honing his songwriting skills when he was just ten years
Glenn is probably known to many country music fans for his songwriting.
But he's been active as a performer as well. In the late 1950s,
he was working with Slim Mims and the Dream Ranch Boys while he was
in the Air Force then.
After finishing school, Glenn began to sell insurance during the day
and used his multi-instrumental talents playing at various clubs
around Jackson, Mississippi with Murray Kellum. During that time,
around 1963, Glenn had a single on the flip-side of Murray's hit, "Long Tall Texan".
In 1964, Glenn made the move to Nashville. Almost from the start, he found
an audience for his songwriting talents. Hank Williams, Jr. cut his tune, "Guess
What, That's Right, She's Gone". He also began a long association with Billy Sherrill
that led to many hit tunes over the decades.
In 1966, Merle Kilgore signed Glenn to the Al Gallico Music publishing company.
And just about that time, he wrote his all-time classic tune which we'll let
him tell the story of how that one came about and a couple others.
Glenn was nice enough to send along some information about the stories behind
some of the country music classics he had a hand in writing.
"In 1966, Billy Sherrill and I had just started writing together. Billy was the
head of Epic Records and had a number of artists he was recording at the time. One of
those being Charlie Walker.
We were at his house one night working on a song and we had a couple of verses
but still no chorus or real hook - we sat for hours trying to think of one with
no luck. We were just about to call it a night when Billy was
sittin' at the piano, thumbin' through an old hymn book. He came across a title
that caught his eye and thus "Almost Persuaded" was born. We finished it in about
Charlie Walker was on tour at the time, but Billy had David Houston recording
the next week, so he cut it with him. We really didn't think too much of it
at the time, so a song called "We Got Love" came out as the "A" side.
(We owe) thanks to a D.J. in Atlanta named Mack Curtis who played the "B" side on his morning
drive time show. (Mack) got over 100 phone calls; our lives were changed forever.
To this day when I see Charlie Walker, he still reminds me that "Almost Persuaded" was
written for him. But like they tell that tuna in that commercial, 'Sorry, Charlie'".
David Houston's recording of "Almost Persuaded" was released
on June 25, 1966, reached number one and was on the charts 25 weeks. The song was
on top of the charts an unprecedented nine weeks - a feat not matched since then.
What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me)
"Al Gallico, who was my publisher and the best friend a songwriter ever had
or will have, heard that Jerry Kennedy was cutting Jerry Lee Lewis in a few days.
Jerry had just come off his first number one country hit "Another Place, Another Time".
All called me and said I want you to write a song for Jerry Lee Lewis. And so I said,
"Sure, I'll get right on it". Over the period of several days Al would call every
day and ask me about the song for Jerry Lee. I would tell him, don't worry, I'm working
The truth is, I really had nothing. But, I couldn't tell him that. Finally, the day before Jerry Lee
was to cut, Al called me and was in the old Studio A at Columbia, doing a mix
on something when I took the call. Al asked, "Have you got the song for Jerry Lee or not?"
I said, "Yes, I've got it; I'll take it to Jerry in the morning."
Well, Al being the publisher, asked me, "What's the title of it so I can call Jerry
and tell him?" Well, as fate would have it, I looked down on the floor and someone had left
a newspaper lying there and it was open to a full page ad on Schlitz Beer. So I said,
"What's Made Milwaukee Famous". Al said, "Kid, I Love it".
That night, I went home and wrote the song and took it to Jerry the next day and
they cut it. I'm glad Al was so persistent; other than "Almost Persuaded", it's been
my biggest money maker.""
Jerry Lee Lewis' version of the song was released on June 8, 1968
and was on the charts for 16 weeks, reaching number one. Glenn also wrote the follow-up
to that tune, "She Still Comes Around To Love What's Left of Me" that was released in September
Fans will enjoy taking a walk down memory lane when they read the titles
of some of the other tunes that Glenn had a hand in writing:
Co-written with Billy Sherrill:
- It's All Over Now
- It's All Over
- Already It's Heaven
- Take Me To Your World
- Have A Little Faith
- Wild Rose
- My Woman's Good To Me
- You Mean The World To Me
- Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
- Almost Persuaded
- Where Love Used To Live
- The Outlaws Prayer
- Kids Say The Darndest Things
- Bedtime Story
- I Don't Wanna Play House
By Glenn Sutton
- What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out of Me)
- She Still Comes Around To Love What's Left of Me
- I Like Trains
- Ain't Got The Time To Be Unhappy
- You're My Man
- What A Man My Man Is
Co-written with George Richey
- Your Sweet Love Lifted Me
- Love Me, Love Me
Glenn is known for his sense of humor as can be seen in some of the tunes he's
recorded himself. He had a hit tune in 1979, called "The Football Card" about
betting on Football that was on the country charts as well as the Pop Charts.
He is said to be an avid toy collector as well. Someone wrote he is
a bit of an off-the-wall character in Nashville, said to have started
the pie-throwing craze. Then when Webb Pierce finished his guitar-shaped
swimming pool, Glenn proceeded to swim the entire length of the pool in
an Esther Williams swimsuit and cap (one can only wish someone took a picture
of that occasion!) He later did another humorous recording, "Red Neck Disco",
a story about a country band manager who refuses to play disco.
In his recording career, he has recorded for Ace Records, M.O.C., MGM,
Epic, Mercury and Studio 16 so far.
On the personal side, Glenn married singer, Lynn Anderson on May 4, 1968
at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, Tennessee with the Reverend
Courtney Wilson officiating according to a 1968 article.
Lynn Anderson is the daughter of Casey and Liz Anderson. The 1968 article
contained a lot of details about the ceremony. Kathy Sherrill (we presume to
be the daughter of Billy Sherrill) was the flower girl. The ring bearer was
Maser Royce Ponder. Billy Sherrill was the best man; Al Gallico, Norris Wilson
Bob Morgan and Jerry Crutchfield served as groomsmen. Miss Nancy Ely then of
Sacramento, California served as maid of honor and bridesmaids included
Arlana Arnold, Lois Jenson, Sandra Austin.
Glenn went to later produce Lynn's biggest hit, (I Never Promised You A) Rose
Garden, that was released on November 7, 1970, a tune that stayed on the charts
for twenty weeks and led to her winning a Grammy award as best Female Country
Vocal Performance in 1971. The couple divorced in 1977.
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-music.com wishes to thank Glenn Sutton himself
for contacting us and providing us with information and photos about his career.
- Country Song Roundup; No. 112; November 1968; Charlton
Publishing Corp.; Derby, CT