Thursday, November 29, 2007

John D. Loudermilk, songwriter

John D. Loudermilk (born March 31, 1934 in Durham, North Carolina) is an American singer and songwriter. Loudermilk grew up in a family who were members of the Salvation Army faith and was influenced by the church singing. His cousins Ira and Charlie Loudermilk were known professionally as the Louvin Brothers. As a boy he learned to play the guitar, and while still in his teens wrote a poem that he set to music. The owners of the local television station, where he worked as a handyman, allowed him to play it on air resulting in country musician George Hamilton IV putting it on record. After Eddie Cochran had his first hit record with Loudermilk's song, "Sittin' in the Balcony", his career path in music was firmly set.

"Indian Reservation" performed by Paul Revere & the Raiders
Words & Music by John D. Loudermilk

"Tobacco Road" performed by the Nashville Teens
Words & Music by John D. Loudermilk

"Turn Me On" performed by Norah Jones
Words & Music by John D. Loudermilk

"Waterloo" performed by Stonewall Jackson
Words & Music by John D. Loudermilk & Marijohn Wilkin*
(*Marijohn Wilkin was also a co-writer on Long Black Veil.)

"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" performed by John D. Loudermilk
Words & Music by John D. Loudermilk


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