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Who Roy Drusky
What Country songwriter, singer Roy Drusky dies at 74
When September 24, 2004
Where Portland, TN

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Country music performer Roy Drusky, whose smooth baritone was part of the Grand Ole Opry for 46 years, died yesterday at the Highland Manor Nursing Home in Portland, Tenn.

He was 74 years old and had battled emphysema for many years.

"I've always felt that Roy Drusky was the Perry Como of the Grand Ole Opry," said WSM-AM air personality and Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs.

"His style of singing some would deem him to be a crooner is a wonderful sound, the likes of which we rarely hear anymore in country music."

He learned to play guitar while in the U.S. Navy, and he began working as a disc jockey in Decatur, Ga., after a failed tryout with the Cleveland Indians.

At that station, he engineered the first recording session of future Hall of Fame artist Bill Anderson (who would later pen Drusky's 1963 novelty hit Peel Me a Nanner).

His big break came three years later, when Faron Young's version of the Drusky-penned Alone With You dominated the country charts for 13 straight weeks.

Other hits followed, including Yes, Mr. Peters (his first No. 1 hit, recorded as a duet with Priscilla Mitchell), White Lightnin' Express, Where the Blue and Lonely Go and Long Long Texas Road.

Stubbs, who will serve as host for a Roy Drusky tribute show next week on WSM-AM, said Drusky's smooth persona was the same whether onstage or off.

"He had so much class when he performed, and he was always the same wherever you saw him, whether it was in a shopping mall or on the Opry. He was a very gentle man, and very much a gentleman."

Mr. Drusky is survived by wife Bobbye of Portland; sons, Tad Drusky of Gallatin, Roy "Twig" Drusky III o f Portland and Tip Drusky of Pensacola, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Mr. Drusky's remains will be cremated. A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in Highland Seventh-day Adventist Church on Highway 109, just outside Portland.

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