Shelby S Singleton Jr.

Real Name:
Shelby Sumpter Singleton, Jr.
Profile:
American record producer. Born December 16, 1931 in Waskom, TX. Died October 7, 2009 in Nashville, TN. Former spouse of Margie Singleton (divorced) and father of Steve Singleton (2) and Sidney Singleton.

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.
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Vocals

71966 xxx Ahab, The Arab xxx / It’s Been So Long — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Ray Stevens Ray Stevens - xxx Ahab, The Arab xxx / It’s Been So Long(7", Single, Mono) Mercury 71966 US Unknown Sell This Version
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72036 A Boy With A Dream — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Michael Allen (14) Michael Allen (14) - A Boy With A Dream(7", Single) Mercury 72036 US Unknown Sell This Version
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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
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Writing & Arrangement

45-309 My Picture Of You — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Margie Singleton Margie Singleton - My Picture Of You(7") Starday Records 45-309 US 1957 Sell This Version
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45-323 Take Time Out For Love — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Margie Singleton Take Time Out For Love (as S. Singleton) and 1 more… Margie Singleton - Take Time Out For Love(7") Starday Records 45-323 US 1957 Sell This Version
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45-2001 Spin The Bottle / Steady With Betty — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Benny Joy Benny Joy - Spin The Bottle / Steady With Betty (Single) Dixie Records (2) 45-2001 US 1958 Sell This Version
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45-1010 Bee Boppin Daddy / Rock-A-My Baby — Shelby S Singleton Jr. 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
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45-101 Music And Arithmetic — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Gene Wyatt Prettiest Girl At The Dance (as S. Singleton) and 1 more… Gene Wyatt - Music And Arithmetic(7", Single) Lucky Seven (3) 45-101 US 1959 Sell This Version
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100 Our Little Secret — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Margie Singleton Magic Land Of Love (as Shelby Singleton) and 1 more… Margie Singleton - Our Little Secret(7") Dart Records 100 US 1959 Sell This Version
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45-443 Nothin' But True Love / It's Better To Know — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Margie Singleton It's Better To Know (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
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109 Bullseye / Just For Me — Shelby S Singleton Jr. The Fairlanes (4) Bullseye (as S. Singleton) The Fairlanes (4) - Bullseye / Just For Me(7") Dart Records 109 US 1959 Sell This Version
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45-AMT1139 No One Else But You — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Phil Phillips (3) No One Else But You (as Shelby Singleton) Phil Phillips (3) - No One Else But You (Single) Mercury 45-AMT1139 UK 1960 Sell This Version
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R9-6040 Lonesome Country Songs - Play It, Billy Byrd — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Billy Byrd Am I That Easy To Forget (as Singleton) Billy Byrd - Lonesome Country Songs - Play It, Billy Byrd (Album) Reprise Records R9-6040 US 1961 Sell This Version
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PHS 600-025 Country Guitar — Shelby S Singleton Jr. The Cotton Pickers (2) The Cotton Pickers (2) - Country Guitar (Album) Philips PHS 600-025 US 1962 Sell This Version
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72034 When Two Worlds Collide — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Margie Singleton & George Jones (2) I Want To Be Where You're Gonna Be (as S. Singleton) Margie Singleton & George Jones (2) - When Two Worlds Collide (Single) Mercury 72034 US 1962 Sell This Version
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SR 60747 Duets Country Style — Shelby S Singleton Jr. 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
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MGS-27002, MGS 27002 The Sound Of A Bluegrass Banjo — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Charles Trent Ole Joe Clark (as Singleton) and 7 more… Charles Trent - The Sound Of A Bluegrass Banjo (Album) Smash Records (4), Smash Records (4) MGS-27002, MGS 27002 US 1962 Sell This Version
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SR 60664 High Society Twist — Shelby S Singleton Jr. 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
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SRC-69525 Everybody’s Guitar Favorites — Shelby S Singleton Jr. The Cotton Pickers (2) The Cotton Pickers (2) - Everybody’s Guitar Favorites(LP, Album) Cumberland Records SRC-69525 US 1962 Sell This Version
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F-9329 Vive Les Conges — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Tony Roman Vive Les Conges Tony Roman - Vive Les Conges(7", Single) Franco F-9329 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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434.547 BE Wildwood Flower — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Buck Trent Jessie James (as Singleton) and 1 more… Buck Trent - Wildwood Flower(7", EP, Mono) Philips 434.547 BE France 1963 Sell This Version
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A8170 Baby, Hold Me Close — Shelby S Singleton Jr. 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
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GEPO-70027, GEPO 70027 Twilight Time — Shelby S Singleton Jr. Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs Baby, Hold Me Close (as Singleton) Billy Thorpe And The Aztecs - Twilight Time(7", EP) Parlophone, Parlophone GEPO-70027, GEPO 70027 Australia 1965 Sell This Version
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SR-655-C Duets Country Style — Shelby S Singleton Jr. 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
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S-2020 Batman And Robin — Shelby S Singleton Jr. The Spotlights (3) Dayflower (as S. Singleton) The Spotlights (3) - Batman And Robin (Single) Smash Records (4) S-2020 US 1966 Sell This Version