A Singer’s Singer
Texas Country Music
Entertainer Curtis Potter passed away surrounded by his family at
Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas on January 23, 2016, after
a short illness. He was 75.
“Curtis had been battling congestive heart failure and pneumonia
during the last week,” Heart of Texas Records president Tracy
Pitcox said. “Before becoming ill, he was actively performing,
booking dates and getting ready to return to the recording studio.”
At the age of 16, Potter was given his own radio television show on
KRBC in Abilene and was part of the Bill Fox and Slim Willet shows.
In 1959, Potter joined the Hank Thompson organization. Thompson was
impressed with the young vocalist and invited him to front the
Brazos Valley Band and play bass guitar for him. In the thirteen
years that Potter was with Hank, he traveled all over the United
States, Europe, the Far East and even a much sought after Carnegie
Potter’s first major hit was “You Comb Her Hair Every Morning”
recorded on Dot Records and released May of 1969. That song would
gather enough attention to become the catalyst of a forty five year
In 1973, Capitol Records released Potter’s shuffle “Walkin’ Talkin’
Breathin’ Case of Sorrow“. It was followed by a Texas Dance Hall
album with Darrell McCall and Ray Sanders. In 1978, Dave Franer
signed Curtis to Hillside Records releasing two very successful
In 1984, Potter helped to form Step One Records in Nashville. Step
One would become the largest independent label in the world
releasing projects on Gene Watson, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Hank
Thompson and Clinton Gregory.
Potter and Willie Nelson had a number one video on Step One Records
in 1995. “Turn Me Loose And Let Me Swing” was taken from the album
“Six Hours At The Pedernales” and teamed Potter and Nelson recording
twelve songs in a six hour session at Nelson‘s studio.
In 2005, Potter signed with Heart of Texas Records. Potter released
“Them Old Honky Tonks” “Chicago Dancing Girls” “Down In Texas
Today” and “The Potter’s Touch.” He also recorded two projects with
Tony Booth and Darrell McCall under the name “The Survivors.”
His last album “Songs Of The Cherokee Cowboy” was a tribute to his
hero Ray Price. Nelson joined Potter once again in the studio to
record the title track for the album.
Potter’s last professional appearance was on December 31, with
McCall at the Heart of Texas Events Center in Brady, Texas.