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Title, side A
Cowboy Copas
Title, side B
The Oklahoma Cowboy
Text, side A
Country music writer and recording star Lloyd Estel Copas was born on July 15, 1913 on Moon Hollow near Blue Creek in Adams County, Ohio. Reared by musical parents, he learned to play the guitar and fiddle at an early age and began a singing career by age 10. As early as age 14, Copas started playing and singing on radio stations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. He later adopted the sobriquets "Oklahoma Cowboy" and "Cowboy Copas."
Text, side B
Lloyd Estel Copas or "Oklahoma Cowboy" was described as "The Waltz King of The Grand Ole Opry," where he was a regular performer from 1946 until his death. His first record was "Filipino Baby," which was released in 1944. In 1948, he became the first to record and popularize "Tennessee Waltz," later the state song of Tennessee. He also wrote and recorded numerous country ballads and Honky Tonk songs from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. He died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963 near Camden, Tennessee.
Address
Adams County Courthouse Square, 110 West Main Street
West Union, OH 45693
Location
NE corner of W Main Street & N Cross Street
Coordinates
Latitude: 38.795139, Longitude: -83.546377.
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