Margie Singleton
American singer
Margie Singleton
Margaret Louis Ebey, 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.
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  • 1968
    Age 32
    She had a Top 60 duet with her husband called "Hangin' On" in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Singleton continued to record for her husband's label, but with no further chart entries. She toured with her husband Leon with the Country Music Spectacular, and with his band, Strings of Nashville. He died in 2014. Singleton returned to the studio recording a new Gospel CD as well as revisiting yesterday and re recording some of her past hits and favourites. She continues to play dates and enjoys writing.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    In 1967, she moved to her husband's label, Ashley Records.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she recorded a cover version of the Bobbie Gentry hit song "Ode to Billie Joe", which reached the country Top 40.
  • 1965
    Age 29
    By 1965, Singleton was divorced from Shelby Singleton.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she married Leon Ashley, and soon moved to United Artists Records.
  • 1964
    Age 28
    In 1964, Singleton teamed up with singer Faron Young.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1963
    Age 27
    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".
    More Details Hide Details 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 1963, he had another pop hit with another song written by Singleton called "My True Confession".
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  • 1961
    Age 25
    The song became another hit for Singleton, and was released in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details 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 1961, she switched to Mercury Records where her husband Shelby Singleton was a producer.
    More Details Hide Details With his help, Singleton recorded a duet with George Jones called "Did I Ever Tell You".
  • 1960
    Age 24
    The song gave Singleton her first major hit when it reached the Top 20 in 1960.
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  • 1959
    Age 23
    Singleton released another single in 1959 called "Eyes Of Love".
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  • 1958
    Age 22
    In 1958, she made her radio and professional debut on Louisiana Hayride.
    More Details Hide Details 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 chart, reaching the top 25. She regularly appeared on Louisiana Hayride before moving to Jubilee USA in 1960.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    In 1957, she signed with Starday Records, and released her first single that same year called "One Step (Nearer To You)".
    More Details Hide Details The flip side of the single was called "Not What He's Got". Both of these songs were self-penned.
  • 1955
    Age 19
    She had her second son, Sidney Singleton, in 1955.
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  • 1950
    Age 14
    She began to play guitar and write songs as a teenager after the birth of her first child, Stephen Singleton, in 1950.
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  • 1949
    Age 13
    In 1949, at the age of 13, she married Shelby Singleton.
    More Details Hide Details They worked at a munitions plant near Shreveport, Louisiana during the Korean War.
  • 1935
    She was born Margaret Ebey in 1935 in Coushatta, Louisiana.
    More Details Hide Details As a young child, she was influenced by blues and gospel music.
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