Country/rockabilly singer and songwriter John Grimes, better known as Hillbilly Barton, Billy Barton, or Billy Boy Barton, died October 8, 2011. He was born in 1929 in Kentucky and at age 21, moved to California where he appeared on KXLA and recorded for Abbott Records. He later also recorded for King, Radio, Gulf Reel, and Sims among others. He was the composer of "A Dear John Letter," a #1 hit for Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard.
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