Charlene Montgomery

Born: Mar. 24, 1947 Hodges, AL

Country, Gospel Songwriter, Vocals Earl Montgomery

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



Prior to accepting the Lord as their personal Savior,Earl and Charlene Montgomery spent many years in the field of country music,touring with various Grand Ole Opry stars and others of Nashville's top recording artists. They wrote such B.M.I. award-winners as We're Gonna Hold On (written with George Jones and recorded by Jones and Tammy Wynette), One of These Days (recorded by EmmyLou Harris), What's Your Mama's Name, Child? (co-written with Dallas Frazier and recorded by Tanya Tucker), and Loving You Could Never Be Better (recorded by Jones).

Other notable compositions have been Let's All Go Down to the River, There's a Man Walking on the Water (written with Sue Richards) recorded as a duet by Johnny Paycheck and Jody Miller and also recorded by Jimmy Swaggart, John Starnes, Connie Smith, and others.

Before Earl was called to preach, they wrote 71 songs for George Jones, 35 of which were singles. A few were 4033, Small Time Laboring Man, Someday My Day Will Come, Where Grass Won't Grow, Developing My Pictures, Lord You've Been Mighty Good to Me, A Drunk Can't Be A Man, and Ship of Love.

Earl toured with Michael Landon (Little Joe on Bonanza, Little House On The Prairie and Highway To Heaven), worked with Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Sonny James, Martha Carson, Cowboy Copas and the Willis Brothers on the road and on the Grand Old Opry, backing up many of the stars of the Opry, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Patsy Cline, Tex Ritter, Bill Monroe, Bobby Lord, Carl and Pearl Butler, Carl Smith, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, played in the band with Billy Sherrill, one of Nashville's top record producers and worked with Rick Hall of FameRecording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Earl was one of the original "Fame Gang" members, playing lead guitar with them on many of the first hit records to come from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Earl recorded You'd Better Move On, with Arthur Alexander, Hey Everybody, Dizzy and Come On, with Tommy Roe,  What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am,  with The Tams, slapped bull bass on Hooked On Music, with Mac Davis, played bass on Walk Through This World With Me, (Album Cut)  with George Jones and many others. Earl is very pleased to remember being honored and impressed when he performed with The Willis Brothers for President Lyndon B. Johnson, met and shook the hand of the world's heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano, was on stage with Lassie at The New York State Fair and was a band member of the George Jones and The Jones Boys, also The Jones Boys softball team in Nashville, Tennessee, playing left field.


Earl has written songs used in soundtracks for movies such as "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia", "Stand By Your Man", "Give Me Shelter", "Concrete Cowboy", "Cowboys Don't Cry" and others.

In January of 1997, Earl received the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Music Creators award in Huntsville at the Induction Banquet Awards Show.

1976 saw the beginning of the Montgomery's study and preparation for their ministry. In that year, Earl accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, Charlene came to know the Lord in 1982. They understood for the first time what a difference Christ can make in the lives of those who do his will. The joy of a Christ-centered life is now apparent in all they do.

Presently, they own and operate Mister Magic Music and Sweetwater Records and Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, where they cut custom tapes, cds and records.

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