Gary Stewart

Musician + Songwriter + Voice
Born May 28, 1944

Gary Stewart was a country musician and songwriter known for his distinctive vibrato voice and his southern rock influenced, outlaw country sound. During the peak of his popularity in the mid-1970s Time magazine described him as the "king of honkytonk. " He is remembered for a series of country chart hits from the mid- to late- 1970s, his biggest hit being "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," which topped the U.S. country singles charts in 1975.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Stewart.


1944 Birth Born on May 28, 1944.


1959 15 Years Old Named after actor Gary Cooper, Stewart was born in the Letcher County, Kentucky, town of Jenkins, the son of George and Georgia Stewart. In 1959 his father, a coal miner, sustained an injury while working in the mines, and shortly afterwards the family moved to Fort Pierce, a city on Florida's Atlantic coast. … Read More


1964 20 Years Old He recorded a few songs for the small Cory label in 1964 and began co-writing songs with local policeman Bill Eldridge.
1965 21 Years Old Stewart and Eldridge wrote Stonewall Jackson's 1965 country hit, "Poor Red Georgia Dirt".
1968 24 Years Old Signed to the Kapp label in 1968, Stewart made several unsuccessful recordings but several songwriting successes followed, for artists like Billy Walker ("She Goes Walking Through My Mind", "Traces of a Woman", "It's Time to Love Her"), Cal Smith ("You Can't Housebreak a Tomcat", "It Takes Me All Night Long"), and Nat Stuckey ("Sweet Thang And Cisco"). … Read More
1973 29 Years Old He returned to Nashville in 1973 and recorded a cover version of "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers, both of whom were Stewart's personal friends.


1974 30 Years Old It charted at only #63 on the country chart, but his follow-up, 1974's "Drinkin' Thing" became a top ten hit.
1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
His album Out of Hand was released in early 1975. "Out of Hand", the title cut, became a #4 country hit and was followed by the #1 hit "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)". … Read More
1976 32 Years Old For the rest of the 1970s Stewart played the honky tonks with his road band, The Honky Tonk Liberation Army, and recorded similar albums with modest success for RCA: 1976's Steppin' Out; 1977's Your Place or Mine (which featured guest artists Nicolette Larson, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell); and 1978's Little Junior. … Read More
1977 33 Years Old His 1977 ode to marital distress entitled "Ten Years of This", from the album Your Place or Mine, was a favorite of Bob Dylan and a #16 hit. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old In 1980, he released the Chips Moman-produced Cactus and a Rose which featured Southern rockers Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Mike Lawler, and Bonnie Bramlett. … Read More


1988 44 Years Old Stewart signed with the HighTone label in 1988 and recorded three albums over the next five years. … Read More


2003 59 Years Old In 2003, Stewart released Live at Billy Bob's Texas, his first album in ten years and his first-ever live album. … Read More


2003 60 Years Old On November 26, 2003, the day before Thanksgiving, his wife of nearly 43 years, Mary Lou, died of pneumonia. … Read More
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