Wooden Heart,  1961's #1 hit
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As a college student at the University of Illinois, Joe Dowell sang and played his guitar for fraternity and sorority dances. Then something unexpected happened that transformed his life, thanks to Elvis Presley. In the summer of 1961, his first record, "Wooden Heart", climbed to number one on all record charts.

For the whole story of "Wooden Heart", Elvis Presley and a singer from Bloomington, Illinois, click here.

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            Bear Family Records re-release of Wooden Heart

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