This Week in Texas Music History: Gale Storm
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a performer who was a real force of nature.
Actress and singer, Gale Storm, died on June 27, 2009. Storm was born Josephine Owaissa Cottle on April 5, 1922, in Bloomington, Texas. In 1939, she changed her name to Gale Storm after moving to California as the winner of a “Gateway to Hollywood” radio contest. She appeared in several movies, but finally found stardom in the title role of the popular 1950s TV sitcom, My Little Margie. The multi-talented Storm also launched a successful singing career when her first single, “I Hear You Knocking,” reached Number 2 on the Billboard charts.
As one of the most energetic and dynamic entertainers of the 1950s and 1960s, Gale Storm certainly lived up to her nickname.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a songwriter who pleased audiences from London’s Café de Paris to the fans of the Houston Oilers.