Claude "Red" Kirk

March 06, 2012

Claude "Red" Kirk (Knoxville, Tenn.) became a familiar voice to the radio audiences of Eastern Tennessee and beyond. After his discharge from the army following World War II, Kirk played guitar with Archie Campbell on station WNOX in Knoxville. Kirk also made guest appearances on such programs as the WLS "Barn Dance" and the WSM "Grand Ole Opry." He signed with Mercury and produced thirteen records for them from 1949 to 1953. His song "Lose Your Blues" was on the Billboard charts for seven weeks in 1950, peaking at #7. Kirk also recorded for RCA/Victor and Starday, among other labels. He was a disc jockey at such stations as WHIO Ohio, WCYB of Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, WLEX of Lexington, Kentucky, and WGOC of Blountville, Tennessee. He frequently used the slogan "You tell 'em what Red said!" when advertising for local car dealerships. Kirk passed away in 1999.