- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Booktrope Editions (July 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620151448
- ISBN-13: 978-1620151440
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,952,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Country Music's Jim Owen: An Amazing Life: An Unauthorized Autobiography Paperback – July 18, 2013
About the Author
Having starred in Las Vegas and toured the world, Jim currently resides in Branson, MO, the live entertainment capital of the world. The Jim Owen show is a favorite of the millions that come to Branson each year. Many fans know and love Jim for his portrayal of Hank Williams Sr., for which he won the coveted SECCA award in 1977 for his PBS special Hank. And in 1980 he portrayed Hank in a television movie, The Man and his Music, and won rave reviews for his performance. Jim has written hit songs for Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, Charley Louvin, Crystal Gale, Waylon Jennings, Jim Ed Brown, and many others. He has been honored in 5 Halls of Fame, and his songwriting prowess is matched only by his skills on the golf course and his love for friends and family.
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Being in "FIVE Halls Of Fame" for a lifetime of achievements in the Country Music Industry, PLUS being named "ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR" (TWICE) in Las Vegas..it is easy to understand WHY AND HOW "JIM OWEN" has indeed experienced an AMAZING LIFE. And now this "Living Legend" has added yet another notch onto his legacy... Jim's book, autobiography as you may, has won the GOLD SEAL AWARD for the best autobiography/biography to be published this year (2013). Readers can view the certificate and the gold stamp that will be placed on the cover of each book (this is truly a high honor for writers and for this hardworking man.)
Just out and I am here to tell you that this book will be "THE" BEST SELLER by the end of the year 2013. Jim Owen is not only a wonderful actor/singer/songwriter (with some of the world's biggest hits known; such as the "NO. 2 Ranked" greatest song ever written for duets, "LOUISIANA WOMAN, MISSIPPI MAN" for Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, but he is one of the world's greatest comedians. CLEAN, FAMILY ORIENTED COMEDIAN, AT THAT. Just ask anyone who has ever been to one of his shows; or seen one of his movies or his PBS Special Production of "HANK"... Jim Owen wrote the manuscript for that movie, as well as producing and starring in it. (Before her death in 1975, the late Audrey Williams was very excited about Jim's work and contribution to Hank, Sr's legacy.) Hank Williams, Jr. was among the first on the phone to congratulate Jim the night PBS aired the show the first time. Hank told him "..from now on, YOU do Daddy and I'll do me." Jim's "HANK" production was selected the BEST TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. And now Jim Owen relates all of the wonderful experiences of that production in his book, as well as a whole lifetime of the most outrageous, outlandish and warm stories of nearly seventy years.
Almost four years ago Jim emailed me the rough-draft of his manuscript for this book; which only had 150 pages at the time, and wasn't completed. I promise everyone that reads this book, you will have the time of your life reading about this "three-ring circus" Jim calls his life. Keep a tissue box close by for wiping tears. Tears of joy, laughter, and yes, there are some sad ones. Having the privilege of producing and working a show with this Legend and his late wife Yvette, Jim Owen became a close friend of mine. From motorcycle cop (even chasing down felons in a convertible) to legendary entertainer, Jim's ability to find and light sparks of humor as well as sensitive expressions of heart, will have readers on the phone after the first few pages... texting, calling friends and family to share the comical antics of this generously talented writer. Jim Owen WILL ABSOLUTELY have readers rolling on the floor with this one.
I say if you like to read or if you don't like to read, "COUNTRY MUSIC'S JIM OWEN: AN AMAZING LIFE" IS ONE AUTOBIOGRAPHY YOU WILL NOT PUT DOWN TILL YOU HAVE FINISHED IT. You will NOT want to stop to drink, eat or sleep until you have read every last line.
* HONOURED IN 5 HALLS OF FAME
* LAS VEGAS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
* SECA AWARD FOR BEST SHOW OFF THE YEAR
* CLOSING ACT FOR 60th BIRTHDAY OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY
* GOLD SEAL AWARD - Best Autobiography/Biography 2013
Written many hits for stars like
Mel Tillis, Charley Louvin ,Melba Montgomery, Jim Ed Brown, Crystal Gayle, and a host of others too numerous to list here.
Starred in the MOVIES - MURDER IN MUSIC CITY (1978)
STARK:MIRROR IMAGE and NASHVILLE NINETY-NINE.
HANK WILLIAMS: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC and AN EVENING WITH HANK
and sang the sound track in NASHVILLE GIRL