TONY DOUGLAS PASSED AWAY AT 83

COUNTRY MUSIC SUFFERS A GREAT LOSS
TONY DOUGLAS PASSED AWAY AT 83
(Nashville,
TN-1.23.13) Texas Country Music Entertainer and Louisiana Hayride Star Tony
Douglas passed away on Tuesday, January 22, in Athens, Texas.  He was 83.
“Tony was suffering from lymphoma and had been
hospitalized for nearly two weeks,”  family spokesman Tracy Pitcox
said.  “He passed away peacefully just before midnight.  He had
been constantly surrounded by his family and friends.”
Douglas was born near Athens, Texas, on April 12, 1929, in
Martins Mill, Texas.  He began performing as a weekly guest on Fort
Worth’s Cowtown Hoedown in 1956.  He made his first record
“Ole Blue Monday” that same year.  While performing on the
show, Johnny Horton’s manager Tillman Franks asked Douglas to be a guest
on the popular Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. 
Douglas then signed a three-year contract to become a
Hayride regular.
           
In 1958, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville
caught Douglas performing and offered him a contract.  Douglas was ready
to sign when he realized that signing with the Opry meant an automatic move
from Texas to Tennessee.  He gave up the invitation to join the
prestigious show and remain in Texas.
           
In 1961, Douglas struck gold with the song
“Shrimpin,” and developed a name for his band.  The hits would
continue to follow including “My Last Day” “Layin In The
Sunshine” “Don’t Piddle Around A Puddle” and
“Worst of Luck.” 
In 1962, Douglas’ guitar player Chuck Jennings penned
“His and Hers” for his boss man.  That song became an
immediate hit and landed personal appearances all over the country for Tony
Douglas and the Shrimpers. 
Another standout arrived in 1972, when Douglas recorded “Thank
You For Touching My Life.”
           
“Thank You For Touching My Life” has truly been
a God send for my career,”  Douglas said from his Athens home. 
“It did so much for me and when Dot picked up the album and promoted it
all over the country, we couldn’t keep them in the stores.”
           
His last recording was “Saved The Best For
Last” which was released in 2010.
Please keep in your prayers and prayer lines the family
of Tony Douglas as they suffer through this pain of their great loss.
MAY THE SOUL OF TONY REST IN THE PEACEFUL ARMS OF OUR
BLESSED SAVIOR.

Funeral services will be
Saturday, at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas.

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