State Representative Sid Miller met with members of the late Johnny Duncan’s family recently to present Texas House of Representatives resolution 2030 in honor of Duncan, which passed to a standing vote in the Capitol in Austin.
Duncan grew up in Dublin and Stephenville in the 1950s, singing and playing guitar with family and friends. His musical career got a boost in 1967 with his first single, but it was the touching, “Sweet Country Woman” in the early ‘70s that landed him in the top 10. Duncan wrote many of his own songs that bolted to the top of the charts, but his first really big hit single was “Stranger,” written by Kris Kristofferson. Other Duncan hits included, “Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous,” “Slow Dancing,” and the most popular, “She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime.”
Country singer, Janie Fricke teamed with Duncan for duets and they were nominated by the Country Music Association for three consecutive years.
Duncan was known throughout radio land as the “Dublin Flash” and it was Dublin and Erath County that the successful singer and songwriter came back to at the height of his career. He left Nashville and the bright lights behind because as he said, “I came back home for the sake of my daughters. I wanted them to grow up here with family and friends.”
Duncan died Aug. 14, 2006, on his way to the hospital after experiencing severe stomach pains. His funeral at First Baptist Church in Stephenville was attended not only by family, but musical associates, and fellow artists. At the time of his death, Duncan had just completed a new album that was receiving excellent reviews from critics.
The proclamation reads in part: “While enchanting audiences over the course of four decades as a talented musician and performer, Johnny Duncan also excelled in his roles as a husband, father, and grandfather, and memories of his caring nature and his immense musical talent will continue to gladden the hearts of all who knew him.”