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Legendary singer/songwriter Homer Joy, has a long, storied career with roots buried in country music.
Homer originally signed with Buck Owens Enterprises and Blue Book Music as a singer/songwriter in 1970.
During the first 2 years with Blue Book Music, Homer's songs were recorded by major artists Suzan Raye, Buck Owens, Tony Booth and Freddie Hart and sold 3 million records. Blue Book Music won the CMA "Publisher of the Year" Award in 1973.
Homer Joy wrote what has become one of the longest running hit songs in Country Music history, "Streets of Bakersfield".
The song was originally recorded by Homer himself in 1972, on Capitol Records. Buck Owens followed by including "Streets of Bakersfield" on two of his own albums.
It became a #1 Billboard smash hit for Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakam in 1988. "Streets of Bakersfield" is listed as one of top 100 Country songs of the century.
On CMT, fans overwhelming placed "Streets of Bakersfield", "the most popular Country song ever written about an American city". Fans also voted "Streets of Bakersfield", "the most popular Country duet ever recorded".
In 1974 Homer recorded the #1 record in all 300 of the top Country Music Markets - "John Law" on Capitol Records.
That launched a string of successful tours for Homer and his band Okie Road - including the largest Country Music Festival ever held up to then, at Noble's Farm in Magnolia, Mississippi, for 140,000 people. His band was a top draw for rodeo's, fairs and clubs.
Homer left the road to produce and promote other artists, and in 1988; with the success of his song "Streets of Bakersfield", Homer built his own recording studio.
In 1995, he produced a critically acclaimed gospel album for Nashville singing group, The Herricks. The album, "After Sunday", was voted by the Seattle Times, as #5, in a competition to find the 10 Best Independently Produced Albums on the West Coast.
Homer returned to the stage doing some select performances himself, including, the largest Gospel Concert ever held at River Front Park in downtown Spokane, Washington.
While performing on the road in Canada, Homer had a heart attack and underwent open heart surgery. Further surgeries, stints and angio-procedures and implanted Pacesetter/ Defibrillator devices, became a 15 year battle.
In March of 2006, Homer was awaiting a heart transplant at The Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, when he received the news of the death of Buck Owens.
Before Buck's death on March 25, 2006, Homer had promised his old friend, that if he survived his ordeal, he would go back in the studio and finish a project that he and Buck had started in the 90's.
Six months to the day following his heart transplant on August 22, 2006 ... Homer Joy was in the Crystal Clear Sound Recording Studio in Dallas, Texas and keeping that promise.
The Homer Joy song, "John Law" was recorded in the 90's, by Homer and Buck Owens as a duet. It was the first single release on Homer's new CD, "Someday It'll Be Country".
The album has received nothing but rave reviews from critics worldwide. "John Law" was # 1 on Independent Music Network Country Charts, a record breaking 7 Times. "Someday It'll Be Country" is receiving air play around the world.
Homer's notable recent live performances include The Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, TROUT'S (also in Bakersfield) and The Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman, TX. among others. Critics could not say enough good things about his performances.
To date, Homer Joy songs have sold over 20 million copies world wide. Including 2 ½ million copies of "Streets of Bakersfield, in 2008 alone ...and it just keeps on going!