Cliffie Stone Archives
(L to R): On the left, Ken Nelson (head of Capitol/Hollywood’s Country Music Division); on the right, Cliffie Stone (middle Capitol executive is unknown). Cliffie’s comments in his songwriting book: “During my years as an artist, I’m proud to say that I had 4 hit singles that charted on the Billboard charts: In March 1947, “Silver Stars, Purple Sage, Eyes of Blue” reached #4 on the country charts; in March 1948, “Peepin’ Through the Keyhole,” reached #4 on the country charts; in August 1948, “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again,” reached #11 on the country charts; in August 1955, “The Popcorn Song” hit #14 on the Pop charts. I owe a lot of my recording success to Ken Nelson, who was the head of Capitol’s Country Music Division. He oversaw the production of talented country artists such as Tex Ritter, Rose Maddox, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Freddie Hart, Roy Clark, Ferlin Husky, Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt and, of course, yours truly.

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