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 What REDD STEWART-THE MAN & HIS MUSIC: A New Tribute Site Launched In Memory of Redd Stewart
 When January 26, 2004

REDD STEWART-THE MAN & HIS MUSIC: A New Tribute Site Launched In Memory of Redd Stewart, Country Musician/Songwriter/Performer

NORFOLK, VA., January 26, 2004 "The Tennessee Waltz composer may no longer be with us, but he will never be forgotten", states his son Billy. "We have been hard at work building a new website in honor of my father. This site will allow people from all over the world to get an in depth view of his music and life. There are a lot of people in country music that have made it what it is today, but never got the recognition they deserve. My father was one of them. We hope this site will show the many great contributions that he has made to country music. We will be bringing back all of his recordings on CD's, complete with lyrics of each song, his history, and some great photos of him! Also, we will be continuing the work of his company, Ambridge Music, which will be dedicated to helping other independent artists launch their music careers."

May 27, 1923 - Born Henry Ellis Stewart in Ashland City, Tennessee; the son of musical parents and raised in Louisville, Ky., Redd's family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, while he was still young. He learned to play the banjo, piano, fiddle and guitar as a child, then dropped out of junior high to perform in local bands. He legally changed his first name to Redd because of his red hair, freckles and fair complexion. In 1935 Redd was contracted to write a song for a car dealer's commercial in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 14. He then formed and played in various bands around Louisville, including the Prairie Riders. In 1937 Pee Wee King came to Louisville, Ky. to play on WHAS and signed Redd on as a musician with the Golden West Cowboys. At the time, Eddy Arnold was the band's vocalist. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Redd was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to the South Pacific. While stationed there with the rank of sergeant, Redd wrote "A Soldier's Last Letter," which Ernest Tubb worked on and recorded in 1944, making it a No.1 hit staying at the top for four weeks out of a seven month stay on the Country charts and crossing over to the Pop chart Top 20. When Redd returned to Pee Wee's Golden West Cowboys at the end of WW II, he became the band's vocalist, Arnold having gone solo. Now Redd started to take songwriting seriously. His music career took off from there.

With such great hits as, Tennessee Waltz, You Belong To Me, Bonaparte's Retreat, Soldiers Last Letter, and Slow Poke, Redd Stewart became a country music legend. “We hope that you will visit his site and talk a walk down memory lane! Please sign our guest book and let us know you stopped by!” says Billy.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Billy Stewart available for interviews. Photos of Redd Stewart available.

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