Marvin Lacy was a hillbilly singer out of Ashland, Alabama. He learned
to play the harmonica and guitar by the time he was 16. He moved
to Florida and there he met up with and became friends with Slim Whitman,
who recorded a couple of Marvin's tunes, "My Love Is Growing Stale" and
Then in August of 1954, Marvin Lacy won a talent contest run by Jim Wilson
in Orlando, Florida. As a result of that, he got a guest star shot on
Eddy Arnold's program. Not only that, Eddy Arnold even recorded one
of his tunes, too, called "My Everything" that he co-wrote with Jim Wilson.
Around 1955 or so, he was under recording contract with the Starday label
and his current releases back then were "Lost Chicken" with "I Want To Know
More About You", both of which he wrote.
He told fans in a 1955 column that he had done an appearance on the Art Davis television
show over in Orlando, Florida. He also told of a couple local Florida artists who
were in the area at the time. Autry Inman was on leave from his military service
visiting with his fan club president, enjoying the break in the warm sunshine from
the cold of Kansas. Bobby Lord, then based in Tampa, was getting attention and had
recently gotten a great reception on the Grand Ole Opry according to Marvin.
Roving around the internet, one will find that Marvin became known as the Singing Mailman.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT
- Country & Western Jamboree; Vol. 1 No. 3; May 1955; Country and Western Jamboree, Inc.;
- Cowboy Songs No. 44; January 1956; American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT