Ernest Tubb - June 20, 2014

It's been a little while since we discussed the Albums on the Wall in the American Treasure Tour's Music Room, so today we are going to bring back this incredibly popular series for another go around.  Our subject is Ernest Tubb, the "Texas Troubadour," heralded as one of the original honky tonk and country musicians.

Born the son of sharecroppers for a cotton-rich Texan plantation in 1914, Tubb learned to sing while on the farm.  He took his new skill to radio, and pursued his art.  At 26, his song "Walking the Floor Over You" gained him fame, although he readily confessed he did not have a great singing voice.  Regardless, he released thirty-two albums between 1947 and 1975, including his 1963 release, Just Call Me Lonesome.

QUESTION:  In 1980, Tubb portrayed himself in a biographical film about Loretta Lynn.  What was the name of the film?

a)  The Loretta Lynn Story

b)  Tubb and Lynn, Together At Last

c)  Coal Miner's Daughter

d)  I'm a Little Bit Country

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

The well-established portrait painter Samuel Morse received word of his wife's illness and death too late to be at her side.  Inspired, he decided communication needed to be improved, and he developed a wireless telegraph.  On this day in 1840, he received his initial patent for the innovation.  A little over four years later, he officially opened his line in Washington, D.C. with the famous phrase, "What hath God wrought."

The Cuban Missile Crisis put the world on the brink of nuclear war in 1962, when a communication breakdown intensified tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. By this time, the crisis had subsided, but the Cold War was still on everyone's mind. Today in 1963, the "red phone" was established (installed?) between the two super powers, so that another close call would never happen again.  (Rumor is the red phone is no longer necessary.  Let's hope.)

BIRTHDAYS:

Born in 1909, the dashing Australian-American actor Errol Flynn lived hard for fifty years before his early death, brought on by excessive drinking and drug abuse.  But, during his peak, he was regarded as one of the great action-performers in Hollywood. He starred as a swashbuckling hero in many films, most notably Captain Blood (1935), and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), while also showing his dramatic chops in a number of other films.  

Another actor whose end came too soon was also born today, in 1925.  Only Audie Murphy did not aspire to the silver screen as a boy.  Similar to Ernest Tubb, Murphy grew up sharecropping in Texas, but then went off to fight in World War II.  There, he proved a hero many times over, and became one of the most-decorated soldiers of the war.  It was this success that led him to Hollywood after the war.  He was in over forty films during a career of twenty-one years, prior to his untimely death in 1971 in a plane accident.

QUOTE:  Lead from the front. - Audie Murphy

Answer:

c)  Coal Miner's Daughter.  Tub passed away four years later because of complications associated with his emphysema.