Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan were a veteran husband-wife country duo with a flair for comedy and a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous during the 1970s. They are best known for the wacky novelty songs, "Tennessee Bird Walk" (1970) and "Humphrey The Camel" (1970).
Although Blanchard (b. May 8, 1942) and Morgan (May 23, 1945 - January 1, 2021) were both born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Ohio, they did not meet until 1963 in Florida where Blanchard worked as a comedian and Morgan as a pianist, and they began their lifelong artistic collaboration soon after. Blanchard and Morgan married in 1967 and by 1969, the duo had signed to Wayside Records.
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan made their debut on the Country charts in 1969 with the romantic country ballad, "Big Black Bird (Spirit Of Our Love)." Their fame took off the following year with the Grammy-nominated "Tennessee Bird Walk" (1970), which topped the Country charts in both Canada and the U.S. and made the U.S. Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary Top 40 and Top 20, respectively. This smash was followed by "Humphrey The Camel" (1970), a Top 5 Country charts hits that also crossed over to the Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts. Their long string of Country hits also includes a cover of The Fortunes' "You've Got Your Troubles (I've Got Mine)" (1970), "There Must Be More To Life (Than Growing Old)" (1971), "Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain" (1971), "The Legendary Chicken Fairy" (1972), and "Just One More Song" (1973). Their final charting song came in late 1975 with "I'm High On You."
After their commercial peak in the 1970s, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan continued to perform and record actively over the years until around the early 2010s, and in 2000, they formed their own independent label, Velvet Saw Records. They were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
- For more info about Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, visit jackandmisty.net.
- The Buffalo News remembers Misty Morgan.
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- Tennessee Bird Walk 1970
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