These Are My People

By Mark Rickert

What would it be like to be a part of country music history? Singer/songwriter and manager Merle Kilgore could have told you. He awed his fans with tales of his life in the music business, always with a supporting cast of impossibly famous friends.

At age fourteen Merle carried the guitar for Hank Williams Sr. Four years later he wrote his first song, and Webb Pierce turned it into a million-seller. He double-dated with Elvis Presley, wrecked hotel rooms with Johnny Cash, held séances with Johnny Horton, and convinced Audrey Williams to put Hank Jr. on the road at fourteen-years-old.

Merle became a prolific songwriter, entering the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He co-wrote his signature accomplishment, Ring of Fire with June Carter Cash. This work is listed by CMT as one of the top four all-time country music songs.

These are just a few of the amazing stories of Merle’s life, showcased in These Are My People, written by his grandson Mark Rickert. The book also has 30 black and white photos of Merle and country music stars taken from both Merle’s and Mark’s private photo collections.




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ISBN 978-1-60808-172-1(Paperback)

ISBN 978-1-60808-173-8 (eBook)

6 x 9, 280 pages, 30 black and white photos

Biography/County Music Legends

Publication date: September 27, 2016

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