Hank Snow

"The Singing Ranger"

Born May 9, 1914 - Died December 20, 1999

Obituary excerpt, from the Associated Press:

"By JIM PATTERSON Associated Press Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Hank Snow, whose gaudy rhinestone suits and million-selling hit song ``I'm Movin' On'' made him a country music legend for more than 40 years, died today. He was 85.

"Snow, known as ``the singing ranger'' because of his flamboyant cowboy attire, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1979.

"His self-penned ``I'm Movin' On'' was on the country music charts for almost a year in 1950, including 21 weeks at No. 1. Other hits, many of which he wrote, included ``I Don't Hurt Anymore,'' ``Golden Rocket,'' ``Music Makin' Mama From Memphis,'' ``Rhumba Boogie'' and the humorous ``I've Been Everywhere,'' with lyrics that string together a multitude of place names.

"His heyday was between 1950 and 1965, but he performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry until the mid-1990s.

"In the mid-1950s, Snow was a mentor to Elvis Presley just as Presley was breaking into the music business. He made concert tours with him. Presley would later cover "I'm Movin' On," as would Ray Charles and many others."

Picked by I.M. Baum.