Written by George Morgan
Lloyd Estel Copas or "Oklahoma Cowboy" was described as "The Waltz
King of The Grand Ole Opry," where he was a regular performer from
1946 until his death. His first record was "Filipino Baby," which was
released in 1944. In 1948, he became the first to record and popularize
"Tennessee Waltz," later the state song of Tennessee.
He also wrote and recorded numerous country ballads and Honky Tonk
songs from the late 1940s through the early 1960s.
He died in a plane crash on March 5, 1963 near Camden, Tennessee.
Copas surged to the top of the charts again in 1960 with the biggest hit of his career, "Alabam," which remained number-one for three months.