1979, had a big hit with “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” recorded as a duet with his then-wife Patsy. It made him a millionaire several times over.
Real name: Dr. Elmo Shropshire.
He is a veterinarian, hence the “Dr.” He was born in Lexington, Kentucky and tended racehorses for several years. He moved to San Francisco and opened an animal hospital. He is also a competitive distance runner.
Plays the banjo and has recorded several albums with his bluegrass band, Wild Blue.