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A tribute to Wynn Stewart, a pioneer of the Bakersfield and West Coast sound as a country music singer, songwriter, and musician.
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Wynn Stewart is best known for his hit song, which was the Country Music Song of the YEAR, in 1967,
"It's Such a Pretty World Today"
(CLICK HERE to listen to it and see a video on youtube)

Visit this website to sign the petition to get Wynn Stewart voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame:
http://www.gopetition.com/ petitions/ induct-wynn-stewart-into-the-country-music-hall-of-fame.htm

Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit

In 2012, the The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum told the story of the stars, sidemen and songwriters who created and popularized a new kind of country music in mid-20th century America in the exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, a more than 5,000-square-foot exhibition opened on Friday, March 23, 2012, and closed on December 31, 2013. The exhibit explored Bakersfield's club scene where, in the 1940s and 1950s, the city's plethora of dance halls and honky-tonks provided respite for wall-to-wall, rambunctious workers eager for the boogiefied honky-tonk of the Maddox Brothers & Rose or the eclectic swing sound of Bob Wills. Also on the bandstands were enormously influential musicians Wynn Stewart and Tommy Collins, whose classic honky-tonk songs Buck Owens and Merle Haggard would later record, and for whom they worked as sidemen before launching solo careers.


Wynn Stewart and Merle Haggard "During the late '50s, Wynn Stewart and Tommy Collins were two of the pioneering Bakersfield artists to have hits, and both were influential on Merle Haggard's career, musically as well as professionally. For about a year and a half, in 1962 and 1963, Merle Haggard played bass with Wynn's band in Las Vegas. During this time, Haggard heard Wynn Stewart's song "Sing a Sad Song" and asked Wynn if he could record it. Wynn gave him the song and Merle recorded it. The record became Merle's first national hit, climbing to number 19 on the country charts in 1964."
CLICK HERE to see a video of Merle singing "Sing a Sad Song", written by Wynn Stewart.

"Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart, and Tommy Collins were a continuance of the West Coast's robust, independent-minded country music scene .... Buck's style of music and that of Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Collins, collectively known as the "Bakersfield Sound," helped define the country music of a generation."

Merle Haggard says, "Wynn's sound was what influenced Buck and me both, and in a strange twist of fate, his band was the heart of the old Frizzell band -- Roy Nichols was part of the Lefty band, and he went to Wynn Stewart and ran into Ralph Mooney, who played the steel, and they were the basis of the modern West Coast sound."

Another quote from Merle: "I thought, 'You know what I'll do? I'll take a little bit of Lefty, a little bit of Elvis, a little Wynn Stewart, a little bit of Ernest Tubb and the other influences I had -- Jimmie Rodgers, Chuck Berry, Grady Martin and Roy Nichols, Bob Wills -- and just be honest with it, try to make somethin' out of what I was."

Dwight Yoakum Playboy Dwight Yoakum: "'Playboy' had always appealed to me. I just love Wynn's vocal style and his recording of it". (speaking of a song recorded by Wynn Stewart, which is also on one of Dwight's CDs.)
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Patsy Cline recorded a Wynn Stewart-written song, "You Took Him Off My Hands". Wynn Stewart made the first recording of this song as, "You Took Her Off My Hands", co-written with Harlan Howard.
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Patsy Cline

Rodney Crowell had a #1 hit in the 80's with another former Wynn Stewart hit,
Above and Beyond the Call of Love".
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Volkswagen Jetta commercial featuring Another Day Another Dollar
Wynn's song from 1962, "Another Day, Another Dollar" was played on all major television networks in a Volkswagen Jetta commercial. The spot aired during 2011-2012.
Click here to see the commercial on youtube

Wynn's #1 song of 1967 (also the CMA Song of the Year),"It's Such a Pretty World Today" was played on all major television networks in a K-Mart commercial. The spot aired during the April and May of 2001.
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Kmart commercial featuring It's Such a Pretty World Today



This site was developed by Wren Stewart Tidwell, Wynn's daughter, out of a deep love and respect for her father and with the desire for everyone to realize the great impact he had on country music.