Margaret Louis Ebey (born October 5, 1935), known professionally as Margie Singleton, is an American country music singer and songwriter. In the 1960s, she was a popular duet and solo recording artist, working with country stars George Jones and Faron Young. Singleton had her biggest hit with Young called "Keeping Up With The Joneses" in 1964. She managed a successful solo career in the 1960s, recording 9 Top 40 Billboard Country singles, including a Top 5 hit.
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.
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. 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 "Jubilee 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. With his help, 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".
Singleton continued to be an avid songwriter. She wrote a pop music hit for Brook Benton called "Lie To Me". In 1963, he had another pop hit with another song written by Singleton called "My True Confession". The year 1963 was also the year Singleton made her debut on country music's most coveted show, the Grand Ole Opry; and had another hit with the song "Old Records". In addition to being a solo and duet star, she also sang as a back-up vocalist with The Jordanaires. Numerous performers recorded many of her songs, including Teresa Brewer, Tammy Wynette and Charley Pride. In 1964, Singleton teamed up with singer Faron Young. Together they recorded the song "Keeping Up With The Joneses". That year, the song reached the country top 5, and became Singleton's biggest hit. The flip side of the single, "No Thanks, I Just Had One", was a Top 40 country hit. They continued to release singles and record together.
By 1965, Singleton was divorced from Shelby Singleton. That same year, she married Leon Ashley, and soon moved to United Artists Records. In 1967, she moved to her husband's label, Ashley Records. That year, she recorded a cover version of the Bobbie Gentry hit song "Ode to Billie Joe", which reached the country Top 40. She had a Top 60 duet with her husband called "Hangin' On" in 1968. That same year, she appeared in a movie with Marty Robbins called Road to Nashville. Her chart success was fading rapidly, although she continued to record, including recording the first version of "Harper Valley PTA" that was later a huge crossover hit by Jeannie C. Riley.
Now, at the age of 82, Margie Singleton is back with a brand new recording and video of her song, “Jesus Is My Pusher.” (You can like and share his videos by clicking or tapping the youtube logo on the video, which will take you to the video on youtube) :
You can find out more about and follow Margie Singleton using the links below. If you are interested in listening to more tracks like this, her next full length album is slated for early 2018.
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