Shelby Singleton

Singleton joined the Marine Corps, and after his military discharge was hired by Mercury Records to do promotional work, based in Shreveport, Louisiana. He rose in the company to become a record producer and executive in Mercury’s Nashville office. In 1960, he achieved his first hit single, Brook Benton‘s recording of “The Boll Weevil Song“, which became a #2 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the following year.[2] Singleton spent nine years at Mercury and its sister label, Smash Records, during which he was involved in producing many hit records, including Leroy Van Dyke‘s “Walk On By“; “Ahab the Arab” by Ray Stevens; and “Wooden Heart” by Joe Dowell. Singleton also acted as producer for such artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, Dave Dudley, and Brook Benton.[3]