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Pee Wee King

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Gender Male
Death22 years ago
Date of birth February 18,1914
Zodiac sign Aquarius
Born Abrams
United States
Date of died March 7,2000
United States
Full nameJulius Frank Anthony Kuczynski
AlbumsPee-Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys
Back Again!
Job Composer
SongsSlow Poke
Tennessee Waltz
Bonaparte's Retreat
Changing Partners
Silver and Gold
Plantation Boogie
Bull Fiddle Boogie
Blue Suede Shoes
Chew Tobacco Rag
Oh Monah
Get Together Polka
Tennessee Tango
Tennessee Polka
Unbreakable Heart
Oh Mis'rable Love
You Tried to Ruin My Name
Steel Guitar Waltz
Texas Toni Lee
Doghouse Blues
Indian Giver
Congratulations Joe
The Ghost and Honest Joe
Whisper Waltz
I'm Goin' Back to the Middle of the Middle West
Railroad Boogie
Western Limited
Rootin' Tootin' Santa Claus
Brother Drop Dead Boogie
Cornbread, 'Lasses & Sassafras
Half a Dozen Boogie
Movies/Shows The Rough, Tough West
Ridin' the Outlaw Trail
Rancho Grande
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SpouseLydia Frank
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Date of Upd.
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Pee Wee King Life story

Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "Tennessee Waltz".

Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski (February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000), known professionally as Pee Wee King, was an American country music songwriter and recording artist best known for co-writing "Tennessee Waltz".

Pee Wee King is credited with bringing the musicians union to the Grand Ole Opry — he was one of the first musicians in Nashville to carry a union card, and to have the members of his band work union. He also served on the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Life and career

King was born in Abrams, Wisconsin to a Polish American family, and lived in Abrams during his youth. He learned to play the accordion from his father, who was a professional polka musician. In the 1930s, he toured and made cowboy movies with Gene Autry. King joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937, with the help of his father-in-law J.L. Frank.In 1946, while he was the bandleader of the Golden West Cowboys, King, together with the band's vocalist, Redd Stewart, composed "The Tennessee Waltz", inspired by "The Kentucky Waltz" by bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. King and Stewart first recorded "The Tennessee Waltz" in 1948. It went on to become a country music standard, due, mainly, to the immense success of Patti Page's version of the song.

King wrote or co-wrote more than four hundred songs and recorded more than twenty albums and 157 singles. His other songs included "Slow Poke" and "You Belong to Me", both co-authored with Chilton Price and Redd Stewart. His songs introduced waltzes, polkas, and cowboy songs to country music. King became one of the charter members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.King was not permitted to use the drummer and trumpeter he featured in his stage shows when the band played at the Grand Ole Opry, where both instruments were banned. He ignored that ban only once, appearing at the Ryman in April 1945 following the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Opry had been canceled, but since a number of fans showed up, management decided to have King perform his stage show for them, performing as he did outside the Opry. He used his full band, with drums and trumpet. When confronted about it afterward, King told Opry emcee George D. Hay that he had done his stage show, as asked. Bob Wills had defied the Opry ban on drums a year earlier during a 1944 guest appearance.His band also introduced on-stage dancing and Nudie Cohn's customized 'rhinestone cowboy' outfits, which later became popular with Nashville and country musicians, including Elvis Presley, to the Opry. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974.

He joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night cast CD Christmas Time's A Comin’ performing "Jingle Bells" with the cast released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.

He died of a heart attack in Louisville, Kentucky, at age 86.



Pee Wee King, RCA Victor, 1954

Waltzes, RCA Victor, 1955

Swing West, RCA Victor, 1956

Country Barn Dance, RCA Camden, 1965

Ballroom King, Detour, 1982

Hog Wild Too!, Zu Zazz, 1990

Pee Wee King and His Golden West Cowboys (6-CD box set), Bear Family, 1995

Pee Wee King's Country Hoedown (live radio performances), Bloodshot, 1999




Hall, Wade. (1998). "Pee Wee King". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 283–4.

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