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Margie Singleton and Joe Rucker Live "In the House"

  • Grinder House Coffee Shop 73 N Main Street Crossville, TN USA (map)

Margie Singleton was born Margaret Louise Ebey in 1935 in Coushatta, Louisiana. As a young child, she was influenced by country, blues and gospel music. In 1949, at the age of 13, she married Shelby Singleton. They worked at a munitions plant near Shreveport, Louisiana during the Korean War. She began to play guitar and write songs as a teenager after the birth of her first child, Stephen Singleton, in 1950. She had her second son, Sidney Singleton, in 1955. In 1957, She signed with Starday Records, and released her first single that same year called "One step (Nearer To You)." The flip side of the single was called "Not What He's Got." Both of these songs were self-penned. In 1958, she made her radio and professional debut on the Louisiana Hayride. During her tenure on the Hayride, she met fellow artist Benny Barnes who recorded Singleton's song "Mine All Mine." Because Barnes was impressed with Singleton's singing Barnes got Singleton an audition with his producer,Pappy Daily, of Starday Records. She signed with the label as a singer. Singleton met Al Gallico in Nashville at the Disc Jockey Convention in 1959. Gallico was an inspiration and great influence on her career.That same year, she released another single called "Nothing But True Love," also written by Singleton. This single was more successful,becoming a minor hit on the country music charts, reaching the top 25. She became a member of the nationally known radio program The Louisiana Hayride in 1958 in Shreveport,LA. In 1960 she moved to the "Jubilee USA," which was the first Country Music Program to be televised nationally and was carried on the ABC Network. Singleton left "Jubiliee USA," to go to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Although she never became a member of the Opry she made frequent appearances.
Singleton released another single in 1959 called "Eyes Of Love." The song gave Singleton her first major hit when it reached the Top 20 in 1960. In 1961, she switched to Mercury Records where her husband Shelby Singleton was a producer. Singleton recorded a duet with George Jones called "Did I Ever Tell You." The song became another hit for Singleton, and was released in 1961. The following year, the duo had equal success together with another country hit called "Waltz Of The Angels."

Joe Rucker born in Texas, raised in Central Florida. His father Jerry taught him how to play guitar at an early age. 
In 1998, he made the move to Nashville. Made several appearances on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. He then began to tour and record. 
Some of the artists Joe has been blessed to share the stage / work with are: Bill Anderson, Ernie Ashworth, Bonnie Bramlett, Junior Brown, Elizabeth Cook, Jack Greene, Hank Locklin, Charlie Louvin, Eddy Raven, and Daryle Singletary. 
Joe's first album, "Nashville Scenes" debut in 2001. His second effort, "Untangle My Mind" was released in 2007. Included on the album are several special guests and heroes like Eddy Raven, beach music legend Clifford Curry, and Opry legend Hank Locklin.