Mary Frances

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Mary Frances was born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky back in 1931 to William and Sarah. Because of her boundless energy her grandfather gave her a nickname (more on that later). The family moved to Erlanger, Kentucky in 1947 where Mary met Betty Jack at Dixie Heights High School.

They sang together at Decoursey Baptist Church and later Detroit radio station WJR. In 1953 one of their songs make number 1 and spent 8 weeks on the country charts. In 1953 Mary and Betty were involved in a major car accident. The crask killed Betty. Betty’s sister Georgia took bettys place and they continued to record until in 1956 Mary decided to retire and get married thus ending the duet. She returned to music in 1958 and as they say the rest is history. So, for you music lovers of that time period I’m sure you’ve guessed I’m writing about Mary Frances Penick. The nickname her grandfather gave her was Skeeter, however you may know her better as Skeeter Davis. In 1959 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Set Him Free”, becoming the first female country singer to be nominated for a Grammy. The song for which I will always remember her for was the one she sang in 1962 “The End of the World.” So do you remember that song? Sadly she died in 2004 at 72.  

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Why did I know this one and ruin my clueless streak? Oh well, tomorrow is another day! Enjoy your day!

Oct 31, 2016 09:37 PM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What an inspiring story and personality that just 'drips' with Americana. Once again, James Dray you have outdone yourself with this biography!

Oct 31, 2016 09:49 PM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

A super one today you totally got me on this one.

Oct 31, 2016 10:08 PM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

I didn't know of her but thank you for you daily biographies you continue to produce. This was a good one!

Oct 31, 2016 10:19 PM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Another unfamiliar with and interesting.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 31, 2016 10:23 PM #5
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

She was a bit before my time but seems vaguely familiar. Maybe I heard her on the radio when I was young. Always learning something new.

Oct 31, 2016 11:22 PM #6
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm not familiar with Skeeter at all James Dray - I'll hav to ask my musician husband, maybe he has heard of her

Oct 31, 2016 11:56 PM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't believe I have heard any of her songs, but I am thinking that my Dad might have been a fan.

Nov 01, 2016 01:16 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I don't listen to too much Country Western so I am unfamiliar with her. I will look the song up to see if I have heard it. 

Nov 01, 2016 02:56 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Post Script - I do know that song very well!  Thanks for posting this! - Great Great song!

Nov 01, 2016 03:00 AM #10
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening James Dray ,  I do remember that song, “The End of the World.”

Nov 01, 2016 08:44 AM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Definitely going to go to YouTube and play a few of Skeeter Davis's songs.

Nov 01, 2016 09:10 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I know the same Skeeter Davis but was not aware of her background!  I'll have to check out the song.  I probably know it but can't seem to hum it now. 

Nov 01, 2016 11:16 AM #13
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Unfortunately I'm not familiar with her or her music, but this is a very interesting story. 

Nov 01, 2016 11:32 AM #14
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do remember Skeeter Davis very well ans of course the song. Skeeter and Dusty Springfiled said a lot to me in their songs.

Nov 02, 2016 11:13 PM #15
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Wow that's interesting but I do not believe I have heard of this person before now.

Nov 25, 2017 07:22 AM #16
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