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Justin Tubb, the eldest son of country music legend Ernest Tubb, was a country music singer, songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member.
Tubb was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 20, 1935. He began performing in local clubs during college, and he eventually moved to Nashville. At his father’s suggestion, Tubb became a DJ in Gallatin, Tennessee, where he occasionally performed some of the songs he had written. In 1953, he made his recording debut. The following year, he and Goldie Hill reached #4 on the country charts with their version of Jim Ed and Maxine Brown’s “Looking Back to See.” They followed that success with “Sure Fire Kisses,” which reached #11 on the country charts. In 1955, when he was only 20 years old, Tubb joined the Grand Ole Opry. The next year he had his first solo success with the Top Ten hit “I Gotta Go Get My Baby.”
Tubb signed to Starday Records in the early 1960s. After 1963, he signed with RCA and released two duets with Lorene Mann, including “We’ve Gone Too Far Again.” He continued to record, tour, appear on the Opry stage and write songs through the 1970s. His “Lonesome 7-7203” was a #1 hit for Hawkshaw Hawkins, while “Be Glad” became a hit for Del Reeves.
In 1980, he signed with Pete Drake’s First Generation Records and recorded “What’s Wrong with the Way We’re Doing It Now.” It became a popular song with fans of the traditional country sound. In 1997 Tubb wrote and recorded songs paying tribute to his father, including, “Thanks, Troubadour, Thanks” and “Just You and Me, Daddy.”
Justin Tubb passed away on January 24, 1998 at the age of 62.
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