Walter Brennan was born on July 25, 1894 in Swamposcott, Massachusetts. He stared and co-starred in many movies during his Academy award-winning acting career. He appeared in many TV shows, including “The Real McCoys”.
Walter charted his first Billboard Hot 100 pop hit in 1960 with his Top 40 hit…DUTCHMAN’S GOLD on Dot Records. The #30 pop hit featured Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra. On April 7, 1962 he charted a hit record that would become a classic spoken word recording. OLD RIVERS on Liberty Records climbed the Billboard Hot 100 all the way to #5. The recording charted on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at #2 and on the Billboard C&W chart at #3. This recording was so different from anything that was on the radio at the time, but Walter Brennan’s classic voice was the perfect instrument for the recording…OLD RIVERS has become a classic.
He would follow-up OLD RIVERS in August of 1962 with HOUDINI. The single record would chart at #100. In October of 1962 Walter charted his last Billboard Hot 100 hit record, MAMA SANG A SONG. His recording would chart at #38 and remain on the Hot 100 for 8 weeks.
In September of 1974 Walter Brennan passed away. He was 80 years old. He left a legacy of wonderful movies, including PRIDE OF THE YANKEES with Gary Cooper and RIO BRAVO with John Wayne, Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin. His golden classic OLD RIVERS reminds us of his wonderful way with the spoken word…”ACROSS THE FIELDS I SEE, THAT MULE, OLD RIVERS AND ME”.
Till the next time—Joe