1970 Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan – Tennessee Bird Walk
Jack Blanchard was born in 1942, and Misty Morgan was born in 1945. They were each born in the same hospital in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Ohio. They didn’t meet until 1963, when they had both moved to Florida. Jack was working as a comedian while Misty played piano for a living. Within a few years, they were married.
They worked together on singles on Wayside Records beginning in 1968. Their second single, Big Black Bird (Spirit Of Our Love), reached #59 on the Country chart in 1969. Their big break came from their next single. Jack wrote Tennessee Bird Walk, a comedic novelty tune that topped the Country chart in 1970. The single also crossed over to pop and reached #23 on the Hot 100. The record was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, but the award went to If I Were a Carpenter by Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Jack also wrote their next single, Humphrey The Camel, which didn’t sound very different. The record again did well on the Country chart where it reached #5. It failed to find a footing on the pop charts and peaked at only #78 on the Hot 100.
The pair never reached the Hot 100 again. They continued recording records that were somewhat successful on the Country chart through the mid-seventies. They had five more top forty hits and eight other charting records by 1976.
They did not record any new material from 1976 through 1994. The duo then began recording again and had released a dozen albums by 2012.
Misty died from cancer in 2020 at the age of 75.
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