Nashville Cats: Bergen White

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Born in 1939 in Oklahoma, Bergen White spent his childhood in Texas and Memphis before moving to Nashville in the early ’50s. He began his career recording for Hit Records, a label specializing in re-recordings of the hits of the day, and sang with Nashville group Ronny and the Daytonas, who charted with 1964’s “G.T.O.” After learning the art of arrangement from former Sun Records arranger Bill Justis, White released a string of singles in the ’60s — his 1967 song “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” is a Burt Bacharach-flavored delight. White released the 1970 full-length For Women Only, a beautifully orchestrated bubblegum-pop album containing songs by Townes Van Zandt and David Gates. Initially ignored, the record has become a cult favorite. White has arranged classic records by Elvis Presley, Joe Simon, Tony Joe White and Garth Brooks, and recently contributed charts to a forthcoming album by country singer Ray Price.

—EDD HURT

Sat, Jun 15 | 1:30 PM
The Country Music Hall of Fame
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