Penny DeHaven

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Penny DeHaven
Birth name Charlotte DeHaven
Also known as Penny Starr
Born(1948-05-17)May 17, 1948
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 23, 2014(2014-02-23) (aged 65)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1967–2014
Labels United Artists, Mainstreet, Elektra, Imperial
Associated acts Del Reeves

Penny DeHaven (born Charlotte DeHaven; May 17, 1948 – February 23, 2014) was an American country and gospel music singer and actress. At the beginning of her career, she recorded as Penny Starr.

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Born Charlotte DeHaven in 1948 in Winchester, Virginia, [1] she is best known for her country hit singles in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her biggest hit was "Land Mark Tavern", a duet with Del Reeves in 1970.

Winchester, Virginia Independent city in Virginia, United States

Winchester is an independent city located in the northwestern portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,203. As of 2015, its population is an estimated 27,284. It is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Winchester with surrounding Frederick County for statistical purposes.

Del Reeves American singer

Franklin Delano Reeves, better known as Del Reeves, was an American country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking at the World Through a Windshield", which demonstrated he was capable of more than just novelty songs. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s.

DeHaven’s other singles included country remakes of such pop hits as Billy Joe Royal’s "Down in the Boondocks" (1969), The Beatles’ "I Feel Fine" (1970), The Everly Brothers’ "Crying in the Rain" (with Reeves, 1972), and Marvin Gaye’s "I'll Be Doggone" (1974). [2]

Billy Joe Royal American singer

Billy Joe Royal was an American pop and country singer. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965.

"Down in the Boondocks" is a song written by Joe South, with sampling from Gene Pitney's "Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa", and recorded by American artist Billy Joe Royal. It was a hit in 1965, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the UK, it hit number 38 on the Record Retailer chart. In Canada, the song reached #1 on the RPM Magazine charts, August 9, 1965. The song comes from the album Down in the Boondocks.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

Her albums included 1972’s Penny DeHaven and 2011’s gospel collection A Penny Saved. [2]

As an actress, she made two guest appearances on the CBS-TV/syndicated TV show Hee Haw in 1972-73. She also appeared in the movies Traveling Light, Country Music Story, the 1973 horror movie Valley of Blood , and the 1974 TV series Funny Farm .

<i>Hee Haw</i> television series

Hee Haw was an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with the fictional rural "Kornfield Kounty" as a backdrop. It aired first-run on CBS from 1969 to 1971, in syndication from 1971 to 1993, and on TNN from 1996 to 1997. RFD-TV began airing reruns in 2008, where it currently remains.

Valley of Blood is a science fiction motion picture. It was released in 1973 by Mica Productions, and was independently produced by John Daly with a script written by Wayne Forsythe. It stars Penny DeHaven, Earnie Ashworth, Zeke Clemons and Wayne Forsythe. The film is now believed to be owned by Turner Classic Movies.

<i>Funny Farm</i> (TV series) television series

The Funny Farm was a Canadian television series shown on CTV during the 1974-1975 season.

DeHaven died from cancer on February 23, 2014, at the age of 65. [2]



1972Penny DeHavenUnited Artists
1984Penny DeHavenMainstreet


YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US Country CAN Country
1967"A Grain of Salt" (as Penny Starr)69singles only
1968"Big City Men"
"Kid Games and Nursery Rhymes"
"I Am the Woman"
1969"You're Never Gonna See My Face Again"
"Mama Lou"34
"Down in the Boondocks"378
1970"I Feel Fine"59
"Land Mark Tavern" (with Del Reeves)2024
"Awful Lotta Lovin'"69Penny DeHaven(1972)
1971"The First Love"46
"Don't Change on Me"42
"Another Day of Loving"61
1972"Crying in the Rain" (with Del Reeves)54single only
"Gone"Penny DeHaven(1972)
1973"The Lovin' of Your Life"96singles only
"I'll Be Doggone"67
1974"Play with Me"93
"I'll Never Stop"
1976"(The Great American) Classic Cowboy"83
1980"Bayou Lullaby"
1982"We Made Memories" (with Boxcar Willie)77Last Train to Heaven(Boxcar Willie album)
1983"Only the Names Have Been Changed"74Penny DeHaven(1984)
1984"Friendly Game of Hearts"78
"Yes, I Do"

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