If you're a music fan- and it doesn't have to be country music- this book is a valuable resource and an entertaining read. And then you, too, will have "Sugartime" stuck in your mind.

 

Rhonda Van Pelt

Pikes Peak Bulletin

 

 
 

Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at suppertime, be my little honey and love me all the time.

       

Born the fifth child of poor Texas sharecroppers, young Charlie Phillips stumbled into one of the longest careers in country music history; writing a #1 hit single, receiving a coveted Gold Record, becoming Mr. Deejay U.S.A. ,being inducted into the Western Swing Music Society  Hall of Fame and the Panhandle Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. After 60 glorious years, he is still performing country music for his fans.

 

       Charlie “Sugartime” Phillips spent a lifetime playing to live audiences and working with some of the most talented men and women in the business. It’s estimated Charlie recorded more than 200 songs during his career. He made regular appearances on the Louisiana Hayride, the Grand Ole Opry, the Big “D” Jamboree and Red Foley’s Ozark Jubilee. In addition to being a successful performer and recording artist, Phillips enjoyed a long radio-business livelihood working with the “Father of Country Music Radio,” Pappy Dave Stone and Ray Winkler, co-author of “Welcome to My World.”

 

Over the years, the poverty stricken kid from Farwell, TX performed on stage with notables like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Hank Snow, Jimmy C. Newman, Minnie Pearl, Little Jimmy Dickens, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ray Price and many others. After 67 years in the country music industry, his biggest legacy would be a song he wrote while riding on his father's tractor. 

 

"Sugartime" was made famous by the beautiful McGuire Sisters and would go down as one of the most beloved songs in American history. 

SUGARTIME

THE REAL STORY OF CHARLIE PHILLIPS

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1962 Charlie Phillips promo photo ©  and courtesy of Charlie "Sugartime" Phillips. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Photo of Cy Cushenberry and Charlie Phillips © Bella Bird Photography. Used with permission. All rights reserved. "Sugartime" by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols Copyright © 1956, 1957 by MPL Communications Inc. Copyright Renewed. Used by Permission All Rights Reserved 

Odis Echols Jr. and Charlie Phillips celebrate with the McGuire Sisters at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City shortly after "Sugartime" sold 1 million records. (Photo courtesy of the Clovis News Journal, Clovis, NM)