John D. Loudermilk

John D. Loudermilk (1934 - ) is an American songwriter, performer, and producer and the recipient of the Cherokee Medal of Honor.

"John D. Loudermilk (1934 - ), a widely-recognized songwriter, performer, and producer, was born in Durham, N.C. Under the name Johnny Dee, he began singing on the weekly Little Johnny Dee radio show by age 13. Loudermilk continued to sing and record his own songs throughout his career; however, he is primarily known for his work as a songwriter. His first major hit song, 'A Rose and a Baby Ruth,' was recorded by fellow North Carolinian George Hamilton IV in 1956. In 1958, Loudermilk moved to Nashville, where he was hired as Chet Atkins's assistant. After a brief period with Cedarwood Publishing, Loudermilk spent the 1960s writing for Acuff-Rose Publishing. During the 1960s and 1970s, Loudermilk became known as one of the most prolific of the Nashville songwriters; his songs were recorded by Roy Acuff Jr., Ernie Ashworth, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Marianne Faithfull, George Hamilton IV, Stonewall Jackson, Robert Mitchum, the Nashville Teens, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Sue Thompson, Johnny Tillotson, Tracey Ullman, Bobby Vee, Porter Wagoner, and others. Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Hall of Fame in 1976."


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