guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher from Spruce Pine, North Carolina, who
taught himself to play by ear but was taught to sight-read by his mother,
who was an organist. He
attended Altamont High School, Duke
University, and Fairmont Teachers
performed radio stations such as WMMN and WRVA and then was invited by
Bradley Kincaid to join him on WLS.
This led to a gig on the National
Barn Dance, Chicago’s
answer to the Grand Ole Opry.
It also led to
romance. The show featured a
musical comedienne named Lulu Belle, who did an act with Red Foley. Red’s wife was jealous, so the
station kept the peace by pairing Lulu with Scott. They hit it off right away,
figuratively and literally. By
1934, their recordings of “Home Coming Time in Happy Valley”
and “Whippoorwill Time” were receiving regular airplay. They were billed, appropriately, as
the Sweethearts of Country Music.
December 1934, Lulu and Scott were married. As their stars rose, so did the
ratings for National Barn Dance. The program enjoyed a listenership
of approximately twenty million people.
Then, Lulu and
Scott expanded into film. In
1938, they appeared in Shine on
Harvest Moon with Mary Hart and Roy Rogers. These were followed by Country Fair, Hi, Neighbor, Sing, Neighbor,
Sing, and Swing Your Partner.
In the 1940s,
Lulu and Scott took a brief respite from National Barn Dance to star on WLW’s
Boone County Jamboree in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The hits kept
on coming: “Dontcha” “Tell Her You Love Her”, “That
New Vitamine”, “Time Will Tell”,
and “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used to Do” had Lulu Belle
and Scott fans singing along in the mid-1940s.
in the late ‘40s and rejoined the National
Barn Dance, as well as appearing on the small screen on WNBQ-TV. This was complemented by their own radio show on WLS, entitled Breakfast in the Blue Ridge. They also guest-starred on other
shows such as the Grand Ole Opry and Red
Foley’s Ozark Jamboree.
In the late
1950s, they ended their long tenure with the National Barn Dance and Scott attended Northwestern University,
from whence he obtained his Master’s degree in education. Lulu and Scott moved to his home
town and he joined the faculty of Spruce Pine College, where he taught
speech. They continued to
release albums on the Starday label, with titles
such as Down Memory Lane and Lulu Belle and Scotty.
In 1971, Scott
was enshrined in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He died of a heart attack in 1981.
One of his
most famous compositions is “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”. The
song was famously recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957 and included on the
soundtrack of Loving You. It was also covered by Rick Nelson, Rod
Stewart, Porter Wagoner & Skeeter Davis, and
Kitty Wells & Red Foley.
Lulu and Scott
are buried side by side in the cemetery at Pine
Church, which was the inspiration
for “Home Coming Time in Happy
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