Shelby S Singleton Jr.

Profile:
US American record producer.
Singleton joined the Marine Corps, and after his military discharge he was hired by the Shreveport, Louisiana branch of Mercury Records doing promotional work. He rose in the company until he was a record producer and executive. In 1960 he achieved first hit single, Brook Benton's recording of "The Boll Weevil Song", which became a #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year. Singleton spent nine years at Mercury and its sister label Smash Records during which he was involved in producing many hit records, including "Walk On By", Leroy Van Dyke; "Ahab the Arab", Ray Stevens; "Wooden Heart", Joe Dowell; and producing acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, Dave Dudley, and Brook Benton.
In 1962 Singleton bought the master recording of "Hey Paula" by Jill and Ray, originally released on LeCam Records. He changed the duo's names to Paul & Paula and issued the song on Mercury's newly acquired label, Philips. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1966, Singleton resigned from Mercury, founded The Shelby Singleton Corp. and formed several subsidiary music labels, including SSS International and Plantation Records, achieving his first #1 hit in 1968 with "Harper Valley PTA". In July 1969 he purchased 80% of the Sun Record Company from Sam Phillips (2), including its rock and roll catalog.

Born: December 16, 1931, Waskom, TX, USA
Died: October 7, 2009, Nashville, TN, USA
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Vocals

72360 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Annie Of A Thousand Days album art Leroy Van Dyke Leroy Van Dyke - Annie Of A Thousand Days(7", Single, Promo) Mercury 72360 US 1964 Sell This Version
71966 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - xxx Ahab, The Arab xxx album art Ray Stevens Ray Stevens - xxx Ahab, The Arab xxx(7", Single, Mono, Hig) Mercury 71966 US Unknown Sell This Version
72036 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - A Boy With A Dream album art Michael Allen (14) Michael Allen (14) - A Boy With A Dream(7", Single) Mercury 72036 US Unknown Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

9548358272 Kenny Rogers She's Ready For Someone To Love Her Kenny Rogers - I Prefer The Moonlight(CD, Album) Warner Music Group 9548358272 Australia 1997 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Spin The Bottle / Steady With Betty album art Benny Joy Benny Joy - Spin The Bottle / Steady With Betty (Single) Dixie Records (2) US 1958 Sell This Version
45-1010 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Bee Boppin Daddy / Rock-A-My Baby album art Les Cole With The Echoes (21) Bee Boppin Daddy (as Shelby Singleton) Les Cole With The Echoes (21) - Bee Boppin Daddy / Rock-A-My Baby(7", Single) D (2) 45-1010 US 1958 Sell This Version
100 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Our Little Secret album art Margie Singleton Our Little Secret (as S. Singleton) and 1 more… Margie Singleton - Our Little Secret(7") Dart Records 100 US 1959 Sell This Version
45-443 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Nothin' But True Love / It's Better To Know album art Margie Singleton Nothin' But True Love (as S. Singleton) and 1 more… Margie Singleton - Nothin' But True Love / It's Better To Know(7", Single) Starday Records 45-443 US 1959 Sell This Version
109 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Bullseye / Just For Me album art The Fairlanes (4) Bullseye (as S. Singleton) The Fairlanes (4) - Bullseye / Just For Me(7") Dart Records 109 US 1959 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - No One Else But You album art Phil Phillips (3) No One Else But You (as Shelby Singleton) Phil Phillips (3) - No One Else But You (Single) Mercury US 1960 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Lonesome Country Songs - Play It, Billy Byrd album art Billy Byrd Am I That Easy To Forget (as Singleton) Billy Byrd - Lonesome Country Songs - Play It, Billy Byrd (Album) Reprise Records US 1961 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Country Guitar album art The Cotton Pickers (2) The Cotton Pickers (2) - Country Guitar (Album) Philips US 1962 Sell This Version
SR 60747 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Duets Country Style album art Margie Singleton And George Jones (2) I Want To Be Where You're Gonna Be (as S. Singleton) Margie Singleton And George Jones (2) - Duets Country Style(LP, Album) Mercury SR 60747 US 1962 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - The Sound Of A Bluegrass Banjo album art Charles Trent Swanee River (as Singleton) and 9 more… Charles Trent - The Sound Of A Bluegrass Banjo (Album) Smash Records (4), Smash Records (4) US 1962 Sell This Version
SR 60664 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - High Society Twist album art Carl Stevens & His Orchestra Yellow Rose Of Texas (as Singleton) Carl Stevens & His Orchestra - High Society Twist(LP, Album) Mercury SR 60664 US 1962 Sell This Version
SRC-69525 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Everybody’s Guitar Favorites album art The Cotton Pickers (2) The Cotton Pickers (2) - Everybody’s Guitar Favorites(LP, Album) Cumberland Records SRC-69525 US 1962 Sell This Version
P 77.188 L Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Danse Party Chez France Anglade album art Various Wildwood Flower (as Singleton) Various - Danse Party Chez France Anglade(LP, Comp, Mono) Philips P 77.188 L France 1962 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Si Je Chante / Since You Don't Care album art Sylvie Vartan Since You Don't Care (as Singleton) Sylvie Vartan - Si Je Chante / Since You Don't Care (Single) RCA Victor France 1963 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - À Nashville album art Sylvie Vartan Since You Don´t Care (as M. Singleton) and 7 more… Sylvie Vartan - À Nashville (Album) RCA Victor France 1964 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Sylvie À Nashville 1 album art Sylvie Vartan Since You Don't Care (as Singleton) Sylvie Vartan - Sylvie À Nashville 1 (EP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor France 1963 Sell This Version
SS-1507 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - わたしを愛して = Car Tu T'en Vas / あなたは罪人 = La, La, La album art Sylvie Vartan Car Tu T'en Vas and 2 more… Sylvie Vartan - わたしを愛して = Car Tu T'en Vas / あなたは罪人 = La, La, La(7", Single) Victor SS-1507 Japan 1965 Sell This Version
A8170 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Baby, Hold Me Close album art Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs Baby, Hold Me Close (as Singleton) Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs - Baby, Hold Me Close(7", Single) Parlophone, Albert Productions A8170 Australia 1965 Sell This Version
SR-655-C Shelby S Singleton Jr. - Duets Country Style album art Margie Singleton & George Jones (2) I Want To Be Where You're Gonna Be (as S. Singleton) Margie Singleton & George Jones (2) - Duets Country Style(7", Jukebox) Mercury SR-655-C US 1965 Sell This Version
8130 Shelby S Singleton Jr. - The Country Side Of Esther Phillips album art Esther Phillips Am I That Easy To Forget (as Singleton) Esther Phillips - The Country Side Of Esther Phillips(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Atlantic 8130 US 1966 Sell This Version
Shelby S Singleton Jr. - From Nowhere album art The Troggs Evil (as Shelby Singleton) The Troggs - From Nowhere (Album) Fontana, Fontana, Fontana Canada 1966 Sell This Version