Dick Curless (1932-1995) was one of the great regionally-based country stars of the 1950s and '60s... Initially his base of popularity was in New England, where he worked as a radio host and performer; in 1965 he broke through as a national star with the somber smash hit, "A Tombstone Every Mile," one of the all-time great trucker tunes. Along with Dave Dudley and others, Curless rode the trucker-song fad, but also recorded heartsongs, cheating songs and gospel tunes... Health problems dogged him throughout his life, and often caused him to put his career on hold; nonetheless Curless is one of those artists with a very devoted fan base... Here's a quick look at his work...




Discography - Best-Ofs

Dick Curless "A Tombstone Every Mile" (Bear Family, 1996)
A 7-CD box set...


Dick Curless "Hard, Hard Traveling Man" (Bear Family, 2000)
A 4-CD set...


Dick Curless "The Drag 'Em Off The Interstate, Sock It To 'Em Hits" (Razor & Tie, 1998)


Dick Curless "Traveling Through" (Rounder, 1995)
A 4-CD set...


Dick Curless "The Long Lonesome Road" (Omni, 2011)
Maine's rural crooner Dick Curless was one of the great regionally-based country stars of the 1950s and '60s... Initially his base of popularity was in New England, where he worked as a radio host and performer; in 1965 he broke through nationally with the somber novelty single, "A Tombstone Every Mile," one of the all-time great trucker tunes. Along with Dave Dudley and others, Curless rode the trucker-song fad, but also recorded heartsongs, cheating songs and gospel tunes... This disc is a much-welcome collection of classic material; as with other Omni albums it makes some unconventional choices along with the hits and favorites... Highly recommended!




Discography - Albums

Dick Curless "Songs Of The Open Country" (Tiffany, 1959) (LP)


Dick Curless "Singing Just For Fun" (Tiffany, 1961)


Dick Curless "I Love To Tell The Story" (Tiffany, 1962)


Dick Curless "Tombstone Every Mile" (Capitol/Tower, 1965)
A regional success up in New England, Maine's country croaker Dick Curless hit the Top 5 back in '65 with "Tombstone Every Mile," a classic tune that remains one of the best trucker songs ever recorded. Whether he really had what it takes to sustain a national career after that is debatable... As this album shows, he certainly had his limitations as a singer, and yet he also had a certain gravitas that could pull you in. On the sparser, more folk-oriented songs, he often ran out of juice, but with a good, solid, thumping backup behind him, he sounded pretty darn good. This disc is certainly worth checking out... and Curless's fans will be quite pleased to see this back in print as a reissue.


Dick Curless "Hymns" (Tower, 1965) (LP)


Dick Curless "The Soul Of Dick Curless" (Tower, 1966) (LP)


Dick Curless "Travelin' Man" (Tower, 1966) (LP)


Dick Curless "At Home With Dick Curless" (Tower, 1966) (LP)


Dick Curless & Kay Adams "A Devil Like Me Needs An Angel Like You" (Tower, 1966) (LP)


Dick Curless "All Of Me Belongs To You" (Tower, 1967) (LP)


Dick Curless "Ramblin' Country" (Tower, 1967) (LP)


Dick Curless "The Long Lonesome Road" (Tower, 1968) (LP)


Dick Curless "The Wild Side Of Town" (Tower, 1968)


Dick Curless "Hard, Hard Traveling Man" (Capitol, 1970) (LP)


Dick Curless "Doggin' It" (Capitol, 1971) (LP)


Dick Curless "Comin' On Country" (Capitol, 1971) (LP)


Dick Curless "Stonin' Around" (Capitol, 1972) (LP)


Dick Curless "Live At The Wheeling Truck Driver's Jamboree" (Capitol, 1973) (LP)


Dick Curless "The Last Blues Song" (Capitol, 1973) (LP)


Dick Curless "End Of The Road" (Hilltop, 1974) (LP)


Dick Curless "Traveling Through" (Rounder, 1995)




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