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Top 50 Groups/Duos: #47 – Lulu Belle and Scotty

March 28, 2009

Members:Lulu Belle and Scotty Wiseman

Considered the “Sweethearts of Country Music”, Lulu Belle and Scotty were one of the major acts in the genre throughout the 30s and 40s. This husband and wife due met when they were supporting players in Chicago’s National Barn Dance program which helped the two grow to enormous national popularity and eventually stand out among thousands of duos and become a factor in country music.

Lulu belle and Scotty met while they were still young musicians and formed both a bond and a blooming romance than would become their partnership as a duo and their trademark claim to fame. Chicago’s national Barn Dance was broadcast on WLS-AM in the city of Chicago which helped them become a local, and eventually national phenomenon. The show served as a serious rival to the famed Grand Ole Opry which put the duo in the same game as the legendary venues countless list of stars.

With over 20 million people tuning in, Lulu and Scotty became known as the Sweethearts of Country Music as their romance became more public. Their image as a country couple served as a guiding light to their popularity, making them an image of love and devoted partnership despite their national exposure. They were married in 1934 and recorded their first hit not long after.

The duo’s first hit was “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”, a song written by Scotty and that has since become one of the biggest hits and most re-done tracks in music history. This song was one of country music’s first major magnet for attention from the pop world which earned the genre more respect from both audiences and the music world alike. While Scotty was the writer of the two, Lulu took the reins as the dominant singer that was complimented by her comedic country girl image and personality. The two stars were also the first major country stars to venture into films such as “Shine On Harvest Moon”.

The duo retired in 1958 in the wake of the growing rock n’ roll era and the competitive nature of the music business. They have since made several special appearances. While Scotty was relatively quiet in retirement, Lulu remained in the public’s eyes and went on to serve as a Democrat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

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