Bowman was born August 26, 1937
in Lubbock Texas. He was an award-winning country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host.
Don attended school in Lorenzo,
in Crosby County and graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M..
He is an alumnus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Bowman started his career as a disc jockey, working
initially in Lubbock and Littlefield Texas, at times with Waylon Jennings.
The two men became friends and later wrote many songs together,
including "Just to Satisfy You" and "Anita, You're Dreaming," which
became hits for Jennings.
Bowman recorded eight albums with his
biggest single, “Chit Akins, Make Me A Star,” spending four months
on the country charts in 1964, peaking at No. 7 on the Cash Box
charts. Other singles include “For Loving You” with Skeeter Davis,
“Folsom Prison Blues 2,” and “Poor Old Ugly Gladys Jones” with
Jennings, Nelson and Bobby Bare.
He was the original host of the
radio show American Country Countdown. He hosted the show from its
inception on October 6, 1973, through April 1978. In 1966, Bowman
won Favorite Country Comedy Recording of the Year award from
Billboard. In 1967, he was named Comedian of the Year by the Country
Bowman was confined to a nursing
facility after a suicide attempt in which he was saved by
professionals who rushed him to the hospital, only to discover he
was suffering from an aneurysm which did burst. It paralyzed him
causing him to be cared for in a nursing home in Forsyth, Missouri for almost 12 years
before he died of liver and pancreatic cancer on June 5, 2013, at
the age of 75. He was survived by his two children.