Tuscumbia, AL — Earl Peanutt Montgomery will be honored with a bronze star in the Walk of Fame located in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Immediately following the ceremony, Charlene Montgomery will host a book signing of her new book, “The Legend of George Jones His Life and Death”. The event will take place at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on May 16th at 6pm.
“May 16th is going to be an exciting time at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame because we are honoring one of Alabama’s musical couples. They have contributed greatly to the music heritage of the state,” said Dixie Connell, manager of the museum.
Music is often a family tradition and the Montgomery family is a prime example. Four of Peanutt Montgomery’s siblings were active in the music industry.
His oldest brother Aaron played with Hank Williams, Monty was a vocalist, Carl was a songwriter with “Six Days on the Road,” and his sister, Melba, was a successful singer with many country hits to her credit.
Peanutt was the youngest, and in the 1950’s and 60’s he played guitar with Shoals area artists, such as Bobby Denton, Charlie Senn, The Fairlanes, as well as Shoals area recording sessions with Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, The Tams and Tommy Roe.
He has written or co-written many songs, such as “What’s Your Mama’s Name Child,” “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “One of These Days,” and “Loving You Could Never Be Better.” Over 70 of Montgomery’s songs were recorded by George Jones, with 38 of these released as singles.
He has toured with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Red Foley, Michael Landon, Cowboy Copas, and Patsy Cline.
In 1976, he was called to preach and in 1980 became the pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in Sheffield. He and his wife Charlene began writing gospel music with songs such as “Let’s All Go Down To The River, There’s a Man Walking On The Water.”
In 1997, Montgomery earned the Music Creator’s Award, presented by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Charlene’s most recent achievement was publishing her book, “The Legend of George Jones”. Montgomery and his wife currently own and operate Sweetwater Recording Studio and Mister Magic Music Publishing Company in Sheffield, Alabama.