Webb Pierce — whose nasal tenor voice became known to millions of fans in the 1950s — was one of the most successful country singers of all time.
Cash Box magazine rated him the No. 1 male country artist from 1952 to 1956 and again in 1961 to 1963 because of such enduring hits as "In the Jailhouse Now."
Besides "In the Jailhouse Now" in 1955, his other hit records included "Wondering," "Love Love Love," "I Don't Care," "Teen-age Boogie," "Honky Tonk Song," "Tupelo County Jail" and "Bye Bye Love," later a hit by the Everly Brothers.
In the early 1950s he joined the "Louisiana Hayride" show, appearing with such future country stars as Floyd Cramer, Faron Young and Jimmy Day. In 1952 he recorded his first hit, "Back Street Affair," followed the next year by "It's Been So Long" and "There Stands the Glass."
In 1953 he was named the No. 1 folk singer by Ranch and Farm magazine and given a similar honor by the Juke Box Operators Assn.
He moved to Nashville and became a regular on the "Grand Ole Opry" while continuing to crank out such recording successes as "Slowly," "You're Not Mine Anymore" and "Sparkling Brown Eyes."
Pierce's Decca albums often reached gold and through the 1960s his collections sometimes surpassed the sales of his singles. One exception was "Luziana" in 1968.
But his recording career quickly peaked and his last hits, "Merry-Go-Round World" and "Road Show," came in the early 1970s.