He didn’t always sing on pitch and didn’t care. Ernest Tubb said he had individuality, and he did. Reared in Ellis County, Tubb was helped in his early days by Carrie Rodgers, widow of Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman. Tubb, however, was thinking about quitting when he recorded Walking the Floor Over You, which sold a million copies. For 40 years he starred at the Grand Ole Opry. He recorded more than 250 songs and sold 30 million records. In 1965 he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tubb played himself in the movie The Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980).