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Texas Country Music Entertainer Curtis Potter passed away surrounded by his family at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas on Saturday night, 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 Hall appearance.

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 recording career.

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 projects.

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.

He is survived by his wife Pat and children Shane Potter, Sharlotte Smith, Rozlyn Froid and James Potter.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM and the funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 PM. The visitation and funeral services will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park at 5750 US Highway 277 South in Abilene, Texas. (325) 692-0655

In lieu of flowers, the Potter family has asked that memorials be sent to the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum at 1701 South Bridge Street in Brady, Texas in Curtis Potter's name.

The Curtis Potter family so appreciates your love and support at this time.


 

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March 17-26, 2016 Brady, Texas        

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Justin Trevino

"Live at London Dance Hall "

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Rocky King

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Myra Rolen

"Dancing Your Memory Away "

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Mac Wiseman

"All My Memories Fit For Print "

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Bob Manning

Kimberly Murray

"Misery Rich "

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Jeff Thompson

"A Tribute To His Music, Life, And Legacy "

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Justin Trevino

"Sings Johnny Bush"

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Willie Nelson With Curtis Potter

"Six Hours At Pedernales "

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Debbie Rule

Jade Jack

 Heart of Texas

"25th Anniversary Collection"

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A Tribute To Ernest Tubb

"Thanks A Lot Texas Troubador"

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Ray Price

Kimberly Murray

"A World Away"

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Norma Jean

"Aged To Perfection"

 

 Tony Booth

"Happy Hour & Workin' At The Car Wash Blues"

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