Okay, first thing's first, let's get this out of the way right at the top.

Yes, Stonewall is his real name!

This Tabor City, North Carolina native was indeed named after the famous Confederate Civil War General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson. So no clever nickname here, no sir. Stonewall is, well, Stonewall.

And what a career this Stonewall had (well, the other 'Stonewall' had quite a career as well, but it, ah, ended poorly!). His very first single shot up to #2 on the country music chart in 1958, a great classic called 'Life To Go'.

But it was that second single that cemented the name Stonewall Jackson into country music history. In 1959 Stonewall released 'Waterloo', a song that topped the country chart for 5 weeks and also 'crossed over' to the pop music chart where it was a Top 5 smash. A million seller, 'Waterloo' became one of the great sing-a-long hits ever.

Stonewall Jackson was rarely off the country music chart through the 1960's and in fact had a Top 10 hit in 1971 with his version of the Lobo pop hit 'Me and You and A Dog Named Boo'.

An Opry member since 1956 (and not always a smooth relationship), Stonewall is 83 years young and still today when you here the phrase 'Here's a great classic from Stonewall Jackson...', go ahead and turn it up. It's gonna be a great country song!