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Nashville, TN 37212
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Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

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Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
BMI Award Winning Songwriter, Guitarist and Vocalist
An Appreciation

Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) (BMI Award Winning Songwriter, Guitarist and Vocalist)


Dave Kirby was born in Brady, Texas on Saturday 10 July 1938.

Dave Kirby was a natural musician and took up the guitar while still a young boy, encouraged by a family that included his uncle, Big Bill Lister (Friday 5 January 1923 - Tuesday 1 December 2009), who was the front man for legendary Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953).



Big Bill Lister (Friday 5 January 1923 - Tuesday 1 December 2009) (pictured above with a young Dave Kirby) took Dave Kirby under his wing and first introduced him to songwriting and guitar playing at the age of eight

In 1955, Dave Kirby moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and landed a job at a local radio station playing country music.  Dave Kirby was influenced by the music of Carl Smith (Tuesday 15 March 1927 - Saturday 16 January 2010), Mac Wiseman, Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984) and the guitar playing of Merle Travis (Thursday 29 November 1917 - Thursday 20 October 1983).



Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006) recorded Dave Kirby’s 'Down By The River' and included the track on 'You're For Me' (Capitol Records, 1962); this was Dave Kirby's very first recorded song.

In 1963, Rose Maddox (Saturday 15 August 1925 - Wednesday 15 April 1998) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Down to The River'; Rose Maddox's version of the song reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1962.

Rose Maddox: 'The One Rose: The Capitol Years' (Bear Family Records, 1993)

Shortly afterwards, Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006) and Rose Maddox (Saturday 15 August 1925 - Wednesday 15 April 1998) recorded the track as a duet; the track was subsequently included on 'The One Rose: The Capitol Years' (Bear Family Records, 1993).



Johnny & Jonie Mosby recorded Dave Kirby's 'Strawberry Wine' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'Mr. & Mrs. Country Music' (Columbia Records, 1965).

'During the 1960s, Willie Nelson used to come out to Albuquerque, New Mexico and he got me to go and play in the band', Dave Kirby recalled in an interview in 2000.

'Willie got to liking my songs, and I don’t remember how, but
Hank Cochran
(Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) got to liking them too.  They both wrote me saying 'Come to Nashville', so in 1967, I made the big move'.

In 1967, as a result of encouragement from both Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Dave Kirby moved to Nashville and signed a songwriting contract with Pamper Music, which was owned in part by Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013).

Other songwriters working for Pamper Music at this time included Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992), Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002), Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010).

Dave Kirby also spent a year playing guitar in Willie Nelson's band during the early 1960s.

Dave Kirby also signed to Fred Foster's Monument Records as a solo act, scoring the hit 'Her & The Car & The Mobile Home' in 1969.

'I got a few things cut and then I wrote 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?',
Dave said.  'It has become my biggest hit, but it just lay there at the Pamper Music shelf for three years before it ever got cut'.

Dave Kirby also enjoyed a successful career playing lead guitar for a number of country music artists, including Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), Janie Fricke, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Don Williams, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 - Wednesday 17 July 1985), Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013), Moe Bandy, Ronnie Milsap, Connie Smith and Kenny Price.

Dave Kirby was not only a successful songwriter and session player; he also contributed many vocal recordings of his own, including 'North Alabama', 'Cantaloupe Jones', 'The Rumor', 'Cowboy Connection' and 'Better Off When I was Hungry'.

Dave Kirby also recorded for Boone Records, Capitol Records, Dimension Records and Monument Records.



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'Dusty Road' (co-written with Vic McAlpin) and included the track on 'Country Giants' (RCA Records, 1969); the track reached No.44 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1969.



Jeannie Seely recorded Dave Kirby's 'I'll Be Better Off', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Jeannie Seely' (Decca Records, 1969).



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'April's Fool' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'You Wouldn't Know Love' (Columbia Records, 1969); the track reached No.14 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1969.



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'You Wouldn’t Know Love', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'You Wouldn't Know Love' (Columbia Records, 1969); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.



Jimmy Dean (Friday 10 August 1928 - Sunday 13 June 2010) and Dottie West (Tuesday 11 October 1932 - Wednesday 4 September 1991) recorded Dave Kirby's 'I Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Country Boy & Country Girl' (RCA Records, 1970).



Jeannie Seely recorded Dave Kirby's 'I'm Afraid I Lied', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Please Be My New Love' (Decca Records, 1970).



Jeannie Seely recorded Dave Kirby's 'You Wouldn't Know Love', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Please Be My New Love' (Decca Records, 1970).



Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'April's Fool' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Lord, Is That Me' (Decca Records, 1970).



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'I Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and included the track on 'Another Man Loved Me Last Night' (RCA Victor Records, 1970).



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'You Wouldn't Know Love', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and included the track on 'Another Man Loved Me Last Night' (RCA Victor Records, 1970).



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Another Man Loved Me Last Night' (RCA Victor Records, 1970).



Charley Pride recorded Dave Kirby's 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in April / May 1970.



Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Sidewalks of Chicago' and included the track on 'Skid Row Joe / Down in The Alley' (RCA Victor Records, 1970).



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'Midnight Cowboy' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'It's Time for Norma Jean' (RCA Victor Records, 1970).

It was also in 1970 when Dave Kirby began session work in Nashville; his first session was with Country Music Hall of Famer Grandpa Jones (Monday 20 October 1913 - Thursday 19 February 1998).

'Grandpa walked in the studio and looked at me',
Dave Kirby recalled. 'I had kind of long hair and the first thing he said was 'Son, don’t play any of those hippie licks on my record'.



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'I'll Go to a Stranger' (co-written with Ray Pennington) and included the track on 'For The Good Times' (Columbia Records, 1970).



Ray Price
's recording of Dave Kirby's 'I'll Go to a Stranger' (co-written with Ray Pennington) was also included on 'Welcome to My World: The Love Songs of Ray Price' (Hux Records, 1970), which was released on Monday 29 July 2013.



Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) and Jeannie Seely recorded Dave Kirby's 'Wish I Didn’t Have to Miss You', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely' (Decca Records, 1970); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.



Mel Tillis recorded Dave Kirby's 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'One More Time' (MGM Records, 1970).



Johnny Bush recorded Dave Kirby's 'I’ll Go to a Stranger' (co-written with Ray Pennington) and included the track on 'Bush Country' (Stop Records, 1970).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Sidewalks of Chicago' and included the track on 'Hag' (Capitol Records, 1971).



Hank Thompson (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007) recorded Dave Kirby's 'I'm Afraid I Lied', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Next Time I Fall in Love' (Dot Records, 1971).



Norma Jean recorded Dave Kirby's 'Back to Hers', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Norma Jean' (RCA Victor Records, 1971).



Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 - Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Only a Woman Like You' (RCA Victor Records, 1971).

• Ann M. Stuckey submitted a 'Peer's Quote' about Gene Watson on Saturday 25 January 2014



Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'I'm Afraid I Lied', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Greene Country' (Decca Records, 1971).



Jack Greene (Tuesday 7 January 1930 - Thursday 15 March 2013) and Jeannie Seely recorded Dave Kirby's 'Whiskey Dirt', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Two For The Show' (Decca Records, 1972).



Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) & Dolly Parton recorded Dave Kirby's 'Her & The Car & The Mobile Home' (co-written with Don Stock) and included the track on 'The Right Combination' (RCA Victor Records, 1972).



Ray Price
(Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Time' and included the track on 'The Lonesomest Lonesome' (Columbia Records, 1972).



Ray Price
(Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Wake Up Yesterday' and included the track on 'The Lonesomest Lonesome' (Columbia Records, 1972).



Ray Price
(Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'This House' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'The Lonesomest Lonesome' (Columbia Records, 1972).



In 1973, Dave Kirby saw the release of his first album, 'Singer, Picker, Writer' (Dot Records, 1973), which included the following tracks:

'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (written by Dave Kirby and Glenn Martin)
'Sidewalks of Chicago' (written by Dave Kirby)
'I Wish I Didn't Have to Miss You', which was written by Dave Kirby and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010)
'Better Off When I was Hungry' (written by Dave Kirby)
'Good Enough to be Your Man' (written by Dave Kirby)
'Alabama Sundown', which was written by Dave Kirby and Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012)
'Charleston Cotton Mill', which was written by Dave Kirby and Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 - Wednesday 1 July 2015)
'Lila is My Kind of Woman' (written by Dave Kirby)
'The Silence is So Loud' (written by Dave Kirby)
'So Long Train Whistle' (written by Dave Kirby and Lew Quadling)
'Papa Ain't Gonna Work on The Railroad No More' (written by Dave Kirby)

Personnel involved in the recording of Dave Kirby's first album, 'Singer, Picker, Writer' (Dot Records, 1973), included the following:

Billy Sanford, Jimmy Capps, Jimmy Colvard (1943 - 1977), Dale Sellers and Ray Edenton (guitar)
Pete Drake (Saturday 8 October 1932 - Friday 29 July 1988) (steel guitar, Dobro)
Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 - Monday 2 June 2014) (steel guitar)
Henry Strzelecki (Tuesday 8 August 1939 - Monday 29 December 2014), Bob Moore and Joe Allen (bass)
D.J. Fontana (drums)
Charlie McCoy (harmonica)
Linda Hargrove (vocals)

Dave Kirby's first album, 'Singer, Picker, Writer' (Dot Records, 1973) was recorded, in October 1972, at Pete's Place in Nashville.




Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Better Off When I was Hungry' and included the track on 'If We Make It Through December' (Capitol Records, 1974).



Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Even a Wino Has a Home' and included the track on 'My Kind of Country' (MCA Records, 1975).



On Monday 25 October 2010, England's Hux Records released Cal Smith's 'My Kind of Country' (MCA Records, 1975), along with 'I Just Came Home to Count the Memories' (MCA Records, 1977), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Tammy Wynete (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998) recorded Dave Kirby's 'God's Gonna Getcha (For That)', which was co-written with Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 - Wednesday 1 July 2015), and included the track on 'George & Tammy & Tina' (Epic Records, 1975); the track reached No.25 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories of Us' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Memories of Us' (Epic Records, 1975); the track reached No.21 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'So Long Train Whistle' (co-written with Lew Quadling) and included the track on 'My Love Affair with Trains' (Capitol Records, 1976).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Where Have All The Hobos Gone', which was co-written with Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012), and included the track on 'My Love Affair with Trains' (Capitol Records, 1976).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Hobo' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'My Love Affair with Trains' (Capitol Records, 1976).



Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 - Wednesday 17 July 1985) recorded Dave Kirby's 'It always Rains on Me' (co-written with Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'After The Storm' (Playboy Records, 1976).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana?' and included the track on 'The Roots of My Raising' (Capitol Records, 1976); the track was the 'B' side of 'Cherokee Maiden', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006) and was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in November 1976.

It was at this time, in the mid-1970s, when Dave Kirby was a member of Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers.



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Walk on The Outside' (co-written with Chuck Howard) and included the track on 'The Roots of My Raising' (Capitol Records, 1976).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Colorado' and included the track on 'The Roots of My Raising' (Capitol Records, 1976).



In February 1977, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played guitar.



On Tuesday 3 December 2002, England's Hux Records released 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977), along with 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



Bill Anderson
& Mary Lou Turner recorded Dave Kirby's 'Where are You Going, Billy Boy?' and included the track on 'Billy Boy & Mary Lou' (MCA Records, 1977).



Johnny Rodriguez recorded Dave Kirby's 'The Immigrant', which was co-written with Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016), and included the track on 'Savin' This Love Song For You' (Mercury Records, 1977).



Ed Bruce
recorded Dave Kirby's 'Am I Gonna Have to Burn Atlanta Down' and included the track on 'The Tennessean' (Epic Records, 1977).



Ed Bruce
recorded Dave Kirby's 'Ain't No Good Chain Gang' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'The Tennessean' (Epic Records, 1977).



On Monday 27 April 2009, England's Hux Records released Ed Bruce's 'The Tennessean' (Epic Records, 1977), along with 'Cowboys & Dreamers' (Epic Records, 1978), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



In October 1977, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1977); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played guitar.



On Monday 26 September 2005, England's Hux Records in released 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1978), along with 'Because You Believed in Me' (Capitol Records, 1976), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) & Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Dave Kirby's 'There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'I Would Like to See You Again' (Columbia Records, 1978); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.



Merle Haggard
(Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall' (MCA Records, 1978).



Merle Haggard
(Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'The Immigrant' (co-written with Merle Haggard) and included the track on 'I'm Always on a Mountain When I Fall' (MCA Records, 1978).



In August 1978, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar.



On Tuesday 27 January 2009, England's Hux Records released 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978), along with 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



Ed Bruce
recorded Dave Kirby's 'Miracle Express' and included the track on 'Cowboys & Dreamers' (Epic Records, 1978).



On Monday 27 April 2009, England's Hux Records released Ed Bruce's 'Cowboys & Dreamers' (Epic Records, 1978), along with 'The Tennessean' (Epic Records, 1977), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Dave Kirby's 'The Great Chicago Fire' (co-written with Bobby Fischer) and included the track on 'Chapter Two' (MCA Records, 1979).



In August 1979, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar.



On Tuesday 27 January 2009, England's Hux Records released 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979), along with 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978), as a special '2-on-1' CD set.



Moe Bandy recorded Dave Kirby's 'Champ' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Champ' (Columbia Records, 1980).



Razzy Bailey recorded Dave Kirby's 'Too Old to Play Cowboy', which was co-written with Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012), and included the track on 'Razzy' (RCA Victor Records, 1980); the track reached No.13 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.



Moe Bandy recorded Dave Kirby's 'If I Lay Down The Bottle' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980).



In August 1980, Gene Watson saw the release of 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played rhythm guitar and acoustic guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Cold Day in July' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Have a Good Day' (co-written with Hal Bynum) and included the track on 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Tryin' to Satisfy You' (co-written with Joe Allen) and included the track on 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980).



Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Dave Kirby's 'Jukebox Junky', which was co-written with Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012), and included the track on 'Killer Country' (Elektra Records, 1980).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Back to The Barrooms Again' (co-written with Merle Haggard) and included the track on 'Back to The Barrooms' (MCA Records, 1980).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Ever Changing Woman', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016), and included the track on 'Back to The Barrooms' (MCA Records, 1980).

In 1981, Dave Kirby made a return to the Billboard country music singles chart, as an artist in his own right, with the tracks 'North Alabama' and 'Moccasin Man', which were released on Dimension Records; the highest-ranking of these efforts, however, rose only to No.37.



In February 1981, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played acoustic guitar and electric guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Come Back Home' (co-written with Joe Allen) and included the track on 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Down Here on My Knees' (co-written with Joe Allen) and included the track on 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981).



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Getting Over You Again' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Town & Country' (Dimension Records, 1981).



John Anderson recorded Dave Kirby's 'You've Got The Longest Leavin' Act In Town' (co-written with Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'John Anderson 2' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981).



Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley recorded Dave Kirby's 'Country Boys' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Hey Joe, Hey Moe' (Columbia Records, 1981).



Moe Bandy recorded Dave Kirby's 'Champ' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Encore' (Columbia Records, 1981).



In October 1981, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Nothing About Her Reminds Me of You' and included the track on 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'The Sun Never Comes Up' (co-written with Joe Allen) and included the track on 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Brothers' and included the track on 'Yesterday's Wine' (Epic Records, 1982).



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Mobile Bay (Magnolia Blossoms)', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016), and included the track on 'Yesterday's Wine' (Epic Records, 1982).



In July 1982, Gene Watson saw the release of 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played rhythm guitar and lead guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Full Time Fool' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'You Sure Make Cheatin' Seem Easy' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982).

Gary Stewart & Dean Dillon: 'Brotherly Love' (RCA Victor Records, 1982)

Dean Dillon recorded Dave Kirby's 'Let's Start a War' (co-written with Jesse Shofner) and included the track on Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) & Dean Dillon's 'Brotherly Love' (RCA Victor Records, 1982).



In 1983, Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) & The Cherokee Cowboys recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb); the track was subsequently included on Ray Price's 'A New Place to Begin' (Varese-Sarabande Records, 2014).



In March 1983, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983); one of the musicians who played on the album was Dave Kirby, who played guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'You're Just Another Beer Drinkin' Song' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'If I were You, I'd Fall in Love with Me' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).

Wayne Kemp: 'Country, Past, Present, Future' (Doorknob Records, 1983)

Wayne Kemp (Sunday 1 June 1941 - Monday 9 March 2015) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Leavin's Been Comin' (For a Long, Long, Time)' (co-written with Joe Allen and Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'Country, Past, Present, Future' (Doorknob Records, 1983).



Moe Bandy
recorded Dave Kirby's 'Texas Saturday Night' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Motel Matches' (Columbia Records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Wino's Prayer' (co-written with L. Kirby) and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Texas Saturday Night' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'A Memory Away' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Sailing Home To Me', which was co-written with Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012), and included the track on 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984).

Ed Bruce recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Homecoming' (RCA Victor Records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Forever Again' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984); the track reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Growing Apart' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984).

Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984) was released, on CD, by MCA Records in 1990.

Wayne Kemp: 'Your Wife is Cheatin' (Atlantic Records, 1984)

Wayne Kemp recorded Dave Kirby's 'Why Am I Doing Without', which was co-written with Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 - Wednesday 1 July 2015), and included the track on 'Your Wife is Cheatin' (Atlantic records, 1984).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985 and featured Leona Williams on background vocals and Dave Kirby on rhythm guitar.



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Stranger in Our House Tonight' and included the track on 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985).



On Monday 9 May 2011, England's Hux Records released, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), along with 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), as a special '2-on-1' CD set; the CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

In 1985, Dave Kirby married country music entertainer Leona Williams.

Together, the two of them entertained throughout the United States while still maintaining a heavy songwriting schedule and session work.



'Dave Kirby never realized his importance in the country music community',
Brady, Texas disc jockey Tracy Pitcox said.

'Dave played on virtually all of the sessions leaving Nashville throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.  His songwriting is legendary.  We are very honored to recognize Dave in his hometown every year during our 'Dave Kirby Celebration'.



Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Welcome to Ray Price Country' (Step One Records, 1985).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Almost Like Having You Here' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986).



Gene Watson recorded Dave Kirby's 'Starting New Memories Today' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986).



On Monday 9 May 2011, England's Hux Records released, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), along with 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), as a special '2-on-1' CD set; the CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.



Ray Price
 (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Just Enough Love' (Step One Records, 1987).



Jo-El Sonnier recorded Dave Kirby's 'No More One More Time' (co-written with Troy Seals) and included the track on 'Come On Joe' (RCA Records, 1987); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1988.



George Strait recorded Dave Kirby's 'Leavin’s Been Coming for a Long Long Time' (co-written with Joe Allen and Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'Beyond The Blue Neon' (MCA Records, 1989).



Texas Tornados recorded Dave Kirby's 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Zone of Our Own' (Reprise Records / WEA Records, 1991).



Gene Watson re-recorded Dave Kirby's 'Getting Over You Again' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996).

Wayne Kemp: 'The Alcohall of Fame' (CMC Records, 2001)

Wayne Kemp (Sunday 1 June 1941 - Monday 9 March 2015) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Leavin’s Been Coming for a Long Long Time' (co-written with Joe Allen and Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'The Alcohall of Fame' (CMC Records, 2001).



Leona Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Honorary Texas' (Heart of Texas Records, 2003).

Dave Kirby: 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' (Heart of Texas Records, 2004)

On Tuesday 5 October 2004, Dave Kirby saw the release of his first solo album in twenty years, 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' (Heart of Texas Records, 2004), which included ten of Dave Kirby's biggest writing successes:

'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' (written by Dave Kirby and Glenn Martin)
'Colorado' (written by Dave Kirby)
'Memories to Burn' (written by Dave Kirby and Warren D.. Robb)
'Leavings Been Coming (For a Long, Long Time)' (written by Joe Allen, Dave Kirby and Sonny Throckmorton)
'Forever Again' (written by Warren D. Robb and Dave Kirby)
'There Ain't No Good Chain Gang' (written by Dave Kirby and Hal Bynum)
'What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana?'
'Mobile Bay'
'No More One More Time
'Sidewalks of Chicago'

Dave Kirby's first solo album in twenty years, 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' (Heart of Texas Records, 2004), was self-produced by Dave Kirby and was recorded in his own home studio.

On Saturday 17 April 2004, following a short illness, Dave Kirby passed away at his Branson, Missouri residence; Dave Kirby had been diagnosed with multimyloma cancer in March 2004.

On Saturday 15 May 2004, Dave Kirby's second, and final album, 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' (Heart of Texas Records, 2004), was released on the Brady, Texas-based Heart of Texas Records.



Gene Watson re-recorded Dave Kirby's 'If I were You, I'd Fall in Love with Me' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).



Billy Keeble recorded Dave Kirby's 'It Always Rains on Me' (co-written with Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'The Real Me' (Global Records, 2005).



In the mid-1990s, while at Step One Records, Curtis Potter (Thursday 18 April 1940 - Saturday 23 January 2016) recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Love's Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb); the track was subsequently included on 'Down in Texas' (Heart of Texas Records, 2006).



Liz Talley recorded Dave Kirby's 'Johnny Getting Out of Jail Barbeque' (co-written with Leona Williams and Terry Radigan) and included the track on 'More Than Satisfied' (Diamond Music Group, 2009).



Gene Watson re-recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).



Dave Kirby at Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville



Ron Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Under The Spell' and included the track on 'Foolproof' (Loveshine Records, 2013).



Ron Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Things I Almost Had with You' and included the track on 'Foolproof' (Loveshine Records, 2013).



Ron Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Foolproof' and included the track on 'Foolproof' (Loveshine Records, 2013).



Ron Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Too Close to The Border' and included the track on 'Foolproof' (Loveshine Records, 2013).



Ron Williams recorded Dave Kirby's 'Dance Till The Cows Come Home' and included the track on 'Foolproof' (Loveshine Records, 2013).

Teea Goans: 'Memories to Burn' (Crosswind Records, 2014)

Teea Goans recorded Dave Kirby's 'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Memories to Burn' (Crosswind Records, 2014).



Gene Watson re-recorded Dave Kirby's 'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) and included the track on 'Real.Country.Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016).


June 2013
Sean Brady at The Gene Watson Fan Site would like to express a heartfelt word of thanks to Tracy Pitcox at Heart of Texas Records in Brady, Texas for kindly granting permission to use the above information, and a wonderful selection of photographs, for this special feature about Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004).

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Volume 52
(Wed 13 Sept 2017)

Dave Kirby

During the course of his acclaimed country music career, Gene Watson has recorded the following Dave Kirby compositions:



'Cold Day in July' (co-written with Glenn Martin) / 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980)
• 'Have a Good Day' (co-written with Hal Bynum) / 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980)
• 'Tryin' to Satisfy You' (co-written with Joe Allen) / 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980)



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'Come Back Home' (co-written with Joe Allen) / 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981)
• 'Down Here on My Knees' (co-written with Joe Allen) / 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981)



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'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)
• 'Nothing About Her Reminds Me of You' / 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)
• 'The Sun Never Comes Up' (co-written with Joe Allen) / 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)



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'Full Time Fool' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982)
• 'You Sure Make Cheatin' Seem Easy' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982)



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'You're Just Another Beer Drinkin' Song' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)
• 'If I were You, I'd Fall in Love with Me' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)



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'Wino's Prayer' (co-written with L. Kirby) / 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)
• 'Texas Saturday Night' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)
• 'A Memory Away' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)
• 'Sailing Home to Me', which was co-written with Danny Morrison (Sunday 22 April 1945 - Tuesday 14 February 2012) / 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)



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'Forever Again' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984)
• 'Growing Apart' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984)



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'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985)
• 'Stranger in Our House Tonight' / 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985)



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'Almost Like Having You Here' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986)
• 'Starting New Memories Today' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986)



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'Getting Over You Again' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996)



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'If I were You, I'd Fall in Love with Me' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005)



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'Memories to Burn' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012)



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'Old Loves Never Die' (co-written with Warren D. Robb) / 'Real.Country.Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

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