Tubb, Ernest(1914–84) country music songwriter, performer; born near Crisp, Texas. After recording for RCA Victor and Decca, he joined the "Grand Ole Opry" in 1943. His own radio program, Midnight Jamboree, helped launch the careers of the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley. Tubb's drawling vocal style, unaffected lyrics, and espousal of the electric guitar made him a major influence on honky tonk music. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1965.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.