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Charlene and Earl Peanutt Montgomery

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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 73 songs for George Jones, 38 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 record cds and records.

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Aside from their ministries, the busy couple enjoys Earl's favorite hobbies, building and remodeling old cars and working with computers. Earl and Charlene own and operate The Family Entertainment Center and also Hobbyland in Sheffield, Alabama.

HOBBYLAND and CHARLENE'S VARIETY

Whether they are preaching, singing, writing, recording, or holding revivals, the Lord is always their Master.

Some of the Montgomery's song credits are Where Grass Won't Grow (by George Jones, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton), Livin' for Jesus, Prayin' for Jones, and I'm Sorry, Children. Just two of their releases are the gospel songs, We're Gonna Hold On to Jesus and OldMose by the Wilsons and also Kenny Price.

Kenny Price & Old Mose

In 1998 Earl and Charlene won the Country Gospel Music Guild's 1998 Golden Harp Awards for the Country Gospel Duo Award.

Earl and Charlene have been written about in popular paperback and hardback books:   NICKEL DREAMS My Life(Tanya Tucker)by Patsi Bale Cox      I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL(George Jones)with Tom Carter       STAND BY YOUR MAN(Tammy Wynette)with Joan Dew       THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN SINGER(George Jones)by Bob Allen        THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A HONKYTONK LEGEND(George Jones)by Bob Allen       RAGGED BUT RIGHT The Life & Times of George Jones, by Dolly Carlisle       COUNTRY MUSIC REVEALED by Randy Scott        COUNTRY MUSIC BABYLON by Jeff Rovin.       LEFTY FRIZZELL The Honky-Tonk Life of Country Music's Greatest Singer by Daniel Cooper       NASHVILLE WIVES by Nancy Jones and Tom Carter.   A SHOT OF RYTHEM AND BLUES/ The Arthur Alexander Story    by Richard Younger and the Alabama Press   Tammy Wynette/TRAGIC COUNTRY QUEEN by Jimmy McDonough (Viking/Penquin Group)   The Three Of Us by Georgette Jones with Patsy Bale Cox (Simon and Schuster) The Legend of George Jones, the new book by Charlene Montgomery with Earl Peanutt Montgomery (Heritage Builders).The Grand Tour: The Life And Music Of George Jones.

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  Mister Magic Music, BMI  

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Earl and Charlene can be reached by:

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Earl and Charlene Montgomery 
710 Alabama Ave. 
Sheffield, AL 35660  USA
montgomery@sweetwaterrecords1.com (256) 381-8015 (256) 383-3006

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