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Wayne Walker had started his career in the late 1940s as a sidekick of Tillman Franks with straight country but over a stretch of six or seven years, he developed a style that was much more leaning towards a polished country pop sound with rock'n'roll elements. Although Wayne Walker was so shy that he refused to do live appearances without Franks, he became a member of the Louisiana Hayride in the early 1950s. His first record for Chess, "Now is the Time for Love" b/w "You Got the Best of Me," followed in 1955. Since Tillman Franks had not the time to be on Walker's side on every occasion(he was now the manager of the rising Johnny Horton), he persuaded Walker to team up with singer and guitarist Jimmy Lee Fautheree. Fautheree was also a regular on the Hayride and had just disbanded from his singing partner Johnny Mathis. The duo recorded the now legendary rockabilly number "Love Me", backed by the lighthearted country flip "Lips That Kiss So Sweetly."
|Jimmy Lee and Wayne Walker|
Most of the songs Walker recorded were written by him with help from Mel Tillis, Webb Pierce, or others. Although he kept on recording, live performances in front of an audience were still a torture to Walker, which may have prevented him from a national career as a singer. Instead, he concentrated on his songwriting talent and established himself as one of Nashville's most prolific composers in the 1950s and 1960s.