I was talking to my friend Larry earlier this week about my list of possible famous West Virginians. He brought up a few I hadn’t thought about.
Country singer Kathy Mattea is from down around Charleston. She has charted more than 30 hits. She’s had four #1 hits since becoming active as a recording artist in 1984. Coincidentally, 1984 was the year I graduated from high school… but that’s a story for another time.
Her #1 hits include “Goin’ Gone”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Come from the Heart”, and “Burnin’ Old Memories”.
Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses also hit #1 on the Canadian charts. I remember playing that tune on country radio when I first started out as a Country DJ on WAXT in Alexandria, Indiana.
She’s also won two Grammys and has collaborated with Dolly Parton and other notable singers and songwriters.
That reminded me of Brad Paisley from Glen Dale just below Wheeling. I used to live in that town. Not a bad little town.
In his 20-year career as a country music singer he’s won three Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Awards. He’s also a member of Grand Ole Opry.
Contemporary Christian singer Michael W. Smith, who has sold more than 18 million albums, was born in Wheeling in 1957.
Keyser native Jack Rollins co-wrote two classic songs you know: “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” and “Frosty The Snowman.”
John Ellison, award-winning musician, perhaps best known for writing “Some Kind of Wonderful,” was born in 1941, and raised in a small coal mining town in McDowell County.
Larry also reminded me that Hanks Williams, Sr., was found dead in the back of a vehicle in Oak Hill as he was being driven to a show in Ohio. Larry said Tyree Funeral Home out of Oak Hill handled Williams’ remains.
Jamie Noble is a retired WWE wrestler. He will be best remembered as The Authority’s security team J&J Security. He is now a producer for the WWE.
Nick Saban is one of college football’s most famous coaches. He coached the Miami Dolphins for two seasons before taking over the head coaching job at Alabama. He was born in Fairmont.
So, the list continues to grow. It might be tough to get this thing whittled down to a top 10 list.
How about the weather? Hasn’t it been great the past week or so. Spring is definitely coming along well in my book.
I’m definitely ready for some warm and maybe even hot weather. Maybe up in the 90s. I’m not against that at all.
On July 10, 1936, the temperature in Martinsburg hit 112 degrees. That might be a little bit warm. I think the hottest temperature I’ve been in is about 105.
Gassaway recorded a high temp of 105 on Sept. 3, 1953. Weston also recorded a 105 degrees as its high, though it occurred there on July 25, 1934. Someone will need to confirm or deny this one for me. Buckhannon’s high temperature record is reportedly 100 degrees on Sept. 3, 1953.
I had a buddy who lived in Arizona. He was lamenting the 118 degree heat when I said “yeah, but it’s a dry heat.” He wasn’t terribly impressed as he said, “It’s still 118 degrees.”
Yep, I would say he’s right. It’s still 118 degrees.