Get ready Country Music haters. I’m writing another post about someone I met back in the day when “I was country when country wasn’t cool.” I think there’s a song title in that somewhere.
Actually, I didn’t meet Nat Stuckey but this is what I remember about him.
This had to be in the fall of 1972. My brothers and I were on the IFCO dinner and show in Nashville. IFCO stands for International Fan Club Organization. This was a major show for us as there were a bunch of Country Music acts performing. Loretta Lynn was the headliner.
We were standing there with our parents waiting for the banquet room to open its doors. Behind me, I heard something slam down hard to the floor. Looking to my left, I saw a guitar case sliding into a pile where other guitar cases were. I looked up and there was Nat Stuckey standing there with a lady. He was wearing sunglasses and smoking a cigarette. To me, he didn’t seem very pleased to be there.
On the show, of course, he was all smiles and seemed happy. Now which was the real Nat Stuckey?
You know—first impressions. None of this really matters much, but he didn’t seem like a sweet thang to me.
“Sweet Thang” was probably his biggest hit record. Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb also had a hit on it a few years later.
Nat Stuckey died at a young age. He was only 54 years old. Something tells me his name was made up. That doesn’t really matter either.
Here he is up there at the top of this post singing “Sweet Thang.”