Merle 'Red' Taylor was born in 1928 in a town called Saltillo, Mississippi
(north of Tupelo), and as a child, learned to play the fiddle. He began
to learn the old-fashioned hoedowns so well, that he was called upon
to play at the local square dances and other town get togethers.
When he was just fifteen, he got his own show over WELO in Tupelo. From
there he moved to Blytheville, Arkansas as part of the "Butterball" Page
Later, he moved to Nashville where he worked as part of Cousin Wilbur's
Merle then enlisted in the military service and after his overseas stint,
came back to Nashville where he hooked up with Little Jimmy Dickens and
WSM's Grand Ole Opry.
Someone at Decca Records heard him and signed him to a long-term recording
contract. His recent releases back in 1954 were said to be:
- Most of All
- You Can't Be A Bride Without A Groom
- Suppose We Try
- Gimme A Little Sugar!
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 29; February 1954; American
Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT