Durwood Haddock

Born: August 16, 1934
Lamasco, TX, USA

Durwood Haddock's first success came in 1955 when he was barely out of his teens. He and renowned songwriter, Eddie Miller, writer of several hit songs, the most notable Release Me, teamed up in the mid 50's and wrote the standard There She Goes which eventaully sold in the millions. The first hit recording was by the legendary country singer, Carl Smith which went to the Top Five in Billboard. Pop singer Jerry Wallace scored with it when it hit Billboard's Top Ten in 1960. In 1980 the song was featured in the Oscar winning movie, Coal Miner's Daughter, the life story of Loretta Lynn. Most recently, There She Goes and I Don't Wanta, another Haddock/Miller composition, were re-issued on MCA in the CD Box Set The Patsy Cline Collection and is now Platinum with sales over six million.

Durwood Martin Haddock was born in rural Fannin County Texas where he developed an interest in country music and the broadcast industry and has spent the major part of his career doing both. Haddock lived and worked all over the state of Texas. By the time he finished high school in Denison, Texas he could already play several instruments, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. However he was more interested in broadcast, so he moved to Tyler, Texas where he attended Broadcast School at Tyler Commercial College.

After college, Haddock worked for KSEY in Seymour,Texas for a short time, afterwhich he moved back to Denison, Texas where he took up his interest in music. He organized a teenage group and played school shows around Denison. He also found work as a musician across the state line in southern Oklahoma honky tonks. At that time Denison, Texas was dry. In l954 Haddock got the opportunity to move to Odessa, Texas where he played fiddle for Tiny Colbert at Danceland. This was his first professional gig as a musician The job paid 60 dollars a week, but unfortunately the crowds fell off three months later so another change was inevitable. Haddock and Colbert moved to Weaver's Inn, a nightclub in Kermit, Texas forty four miles west.

During this time Haddock met songwriter Eddie Miller who was a friend and fellow musician of Tiny Colbert. The three of them worked all over West Texas. That same year they did a show for a short time on KPET in Lamesa, Texas. Miller at that time had a top ten hit, RELEASE ME, by Jimmy Heap and the Melody Masters. He also recorded for Four Star Records and wrote for their publishing company. It was there in Lamesa that Miller and Haddock came up with the title THERE SHE GOES, inspired by an old oil field "slang'' used by the drillers when a well came in "'thar she blows''. Haddock cut the first recording for Four Star Records, under the name DURWOOD DAILY but it was unsucessful. However, in l955 country singer, Carl Smith covered it for Columbia which hit the top five. In l961 Jerry Wallace had a top 30 pop hit with the tune and in l980 it was featured in the Oscar winning movie Coal Miner's Daughter, the life story of Loretta Lynn.

In l955 with the success of There She Goes, Haddock decided to try it on his own and wrangled his own fifteen minute radio show on KTAN, Sherman, Texas ten miles from Denson. The enterprise was unsuccessful and Haddock decided to move back to Odessa, Texas where he could find steady work as a musician. He had married a year earlier and a new addition was on the way. In West Texas, Haddock worked at various clubs and eventually tried radio again. His second attempt took him to KFST in Ft. Stockton. After a three month stint, the manager decided that the station couldn't afford to pay him his fifty dollar a week salary so he was dismissed. The manager took Haddock's place. After several radio jobs , Haddock finally found a home at KERB in Kermit, Texas where he stayed from l957 to l962 where he worked as DJ, salesman and assistant manager while playing clubs and various venues on weekends. In l957, Haddock decided to record again. He cut two sides for Hank Harral's Caprock Label headquarted in Big Spring, Texas. They were That's the Way It Goes released under the name Durwood Daly. In l958,he teamed with songwriter Jack Rhodes who produced his third release for D Records based in Houston, Texas titled East Dallas Dagger b/w My Woman's Gone. That same year D Records released another self-penned single, How Lonesoe Can I Get b/w Start All Over. During these years Haddock appeared on the Big D Jamboree in Dallas and enjoyed regional airplay and sales.

In l962 Haddock gained national recognition when he signed with United Artists Records and released his own compostions Big Night at My House b/w Funny Farm. Heretofore he had always used the name Daily, this time he used his real name, Haddock. The record reached the top twenty position in Music Reporter and received favorable air play and sales, even so it was a one record deal and the label decided not to pick up another master. As a result, Haddock and KERB'S manager/owner decided to form Eagle Records. In l963, Our Big House b/w I'm Not One of Them was released. In l962, Haddock left KERB to try touring. He formed a group called the Big Nighters and worked mostly clubs throughout the southwest. In l965 he released two sides on the Cimmaron label out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In l966 he signed with Monument Records in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time Haddock had decided to make the move to Phoenix,Az. where he worked clubs locally and up and down the California coast for the next three years.

In l968, Haddock moved from Phoenix to Nashville, Tennesse; left Monument Records , signed with Metromedia Records and headed up a newly formed publishing company. The one year association with the publishing company resulted in several songs recorded on major labels. In addition to his duties as a publisher, Haddock continued to record. In the early seventies, Haddock again saw chart action. Haddock quit touring in l968 and devoted his time to the business end of the entertainment industry. In l970 he formed the CURTIS WOOD AGENCY, which booked some of the top names in country music. The company later branched out into radio promotion and record distribution which became it's main thrust for the next twenty five years.

Haddock moved the company to Texas in 1992 where he continues to be active in promotion , publishing and distribution. He is also hosting and syndicating a radio show called Country Number One (forty years of number one hits).

Thanks Dee Bolling for sendin in the biography on Durwood Haddock.

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