his professional career in Flint, Michigan, on radio station
WWOK, at the age of 16, in 1946.
In subsequent years Dusty performed regularly on the
WKNX - Saginaw on the Michigan Barn Dance Show
- Shenandoah, Iowa on the Country School Show
- Des Moines, Iowa on the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
- Wheeling, West Virginia on the World's Original Jamboree
1953, two events boosted Dusty's career: He began recording for
the Columbia Record Co. and he was signed to an exclusive
writer's contract by Fred Rose of the Acuff-Rose Publishing Co.
the next three years he had four hits on the charts:
Call On Me
That's The Life You Want To Live
the years "Once More" has been recorded over 100
times. The artists
Desert Rose Band
and his band, the Rodeo Boys, performed with several of the
"Names" of the Grand Ole Opry, including Webb Pierce,
Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, the Louvins, and Little Jimmy
More" was recorded by Floyd Cramer in his album
"Country Music Hall of Fame." Roy Acuff's recording of
"Once More" was officially placed in the "Hall of
Fame" museum in Nashville.
1983, Dusty Owens, along with 49 other artists, was recognized
by WWVA for making
the greatest contributions to country music in the last 50
bronze stars with names imbedded in the sidewalk in front of the
Capitol Theatre in Wheeling.
Included were Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride,
Merle Haggard, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Loretta Lynn, Marty Robbins,
Elton Britt, Dave Dudley, Tom T. Hall, Grandpa Jone, Doug
Kershaw, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Moore, Abby Neal,
Statler Borthers, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Mac Wiseman, Doc
Williams, Kenny Roberts and Buck Owens.
Senator Robert Byrd did the honors.
1954, on the strength of his hit song, "Hello
Operator," Dusty made a guest appearance on the "Ozark
Jubilee" in Springfield, Missouri, a show that was aired
weekly on national television.
Red Foley and Porter Wagoner were stars of the show.
Later, Dusty did package shows with Porter in various
Wheeling as part of "The World's Original Jamboree,"
Dusty had a 30 minute segment that was aired weekly on the
radio network. He
was a regular headliner along with Hawkshaw Hawkins, Wilma Lee
and Stoney Cooper, Doc Williams, Hal Lone Pine, Betty Cody, The
Osborne Brothers, and
is proud of the fact that he launched the career of one of the
best fiddle players in Country music, Buddy Spicher, when he was
16 years old. Buddy later went to Nashville and became a
did a guest appearance on the Don Ho show in Honolulu.
The crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Dusty has appeared in various places in Florida,
including the Florida Opry in Plant City, FL, where he
has been brought back several times by popular demand.
In 2004, Dusty appeared at the Strawberry Festival where he
headlined a show along with Tommy Cash.
On September 1, 2006
Dusty was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of
Fame and performed at the 31st National Old Time Country &
Bluegrass Music Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
Dusty is Owner and CEO
of TCM Radio, one of the first Internet Radio
Stations, established January 25, 2003: http://www.tcmradio.com