Springhill is a city in northernmost Webster Parish, United States. The population was 5,279 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 160 since 2000. Springhill is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area though it is thirty miles north of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish; the Springhill population is 34 percent African American, compared to 25 percent minority in 2000. The 1979 film Five Days from Home, directed by and starred George Peppard, was filmed in Springhill. Peppard's third wife, Sherry Boucher, is a Springhill native. Webster Parish was first permanently settled about 1818 near Overton south of the parish seat of Minden. According to genealogical findings, William Farmer, Samuel Monzingo, J. A. Byrnes, Joseph Murrell were the first settlers in the area; these settlers formed an area, referred to informally as "Piney Woods." In 1894, though still unincorporated, what would become Springhill took the name "Barefoot, Louisiana" on the notions of a Mrs. Maxwell, who assigned the name based on her observations that many men in the community went to work without shoes.
The town, today Springhill was incorporated in 1902. The first mayor was N. B. Taylor, who followed a year thereafter by B. D. Wilson. Peter Modisette was the mayor from 1914–1925. Springhill City Hall is located opposite the Springhill Civic Center, a meeting hall which cost $500,000 and was financed in the late 1960s under a voter-approved bond issue, with millage taxes levied against property owners. More recent mayors included Ed Shultz, Charles McConnell, Jesse L. Boucher, James Allen, M. A. Gleason, Jr. Johnny D. Herrington, a brother-in-law of Boucher, James Curtis Smith, Carroll Breaux, who assumed office on January 1, 2007. Breaux, an Independent, is the first non-Democrat to serve as Springhill mayor, he unseated Herrington, 973-782, in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on September 30, 2006. Breaux will be succeeded in 2019 by Ray Huddleston. Springhill's close association with the timber industry began in 1896 with the arrival of the Pine Woods Lumber Company. Springhill prospered from timber and for a time was a boomtown.
The Pine Woods Lumber Company went out of business during the Great Depression, the population of Springhill dwindled. The Pine Woods Lumber Company facility was purchased by the Frost Lumber Company, which sold to Springhill Lumber Company; the Springhill Lumber Company became Anthony Forest Products, which remained in Springhill until 1972. The most significant local economic force, was the establishment of a massive pulp paper mill in 1937 by International Paper Company; the construction of the paper mill expanded the regional economic importance of Springhill and further cemented ties to the timber industry. Though technically within the town of Cullen just south of Springhill, the facility was regionally known as the "Springhill paper mill." The addition of a wood products plant and container plant by International Paper further established Springhill as one of the most important manufacturing and processing centers in northern Louisiana. In 1979, International Paper closed the paper mill, which along with a significant general downturn in the petroleum industry caused a deterioration of the local economy.
Though the paper mill closed, International Paper maintained its wood products and container-producing facilities. During 2006–2007, IP sold the wood products plant to its main rival, Georgia Pacific and liquidated its significant land holdings in the Springhill area; the container division called the "box plant", remains the last remnant of International Paper in Springhill. A new plant in north Springhill is Tucker Lumber Company, a sawmill, crosstie trimming, end-plate facility. On March 31, 2014, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that IntegriCo Composites, a company that manufactures railroad cross ties, will open a plant in Springhill that will employ three hundred persons. Jindal called the new plant part of a "manufacturing renaissance" in Louisiana. State Senator Robert Adley of Benton, said that Springhill "so needs and deserves" these jobs, he added. This will create some economic momentum for the town and the region." After it purchased the plywood mill from International Paper, Georgia Pacific closed the plant.
Another major employer, which manufactures air-conditioning components, relocated to Mexico. There has been an expansion of the retail and service industries and improvement in the municipal infrastructure. Downtown Main Street has been revitalized with aesthetic improvements, new businesses, renovation of the Springhill branch of the Webster Parish Library; the city still has The Spring. A abandoned grocery store was converted into the Frank Anthony Community Activity Center, which hosts community events and occasional concerts by such music icons as Willie Nelson and Springhill native Joe Stampley. Springhill has a high school, North Webster High School the Springhill Jr./Sr. High School, which housed grades seven through twelve in prior to 2011. After budget cuts and consolidation, the school now enrolls ninth through twelfth- graders from all of northern Webster Parish. All former Springhill Junior High pupils now attend school in Sarepta at North Webster Junior High School. Elementary schools, Browning Elementary and Brown Middle, remained the same after consolidation.
PK-5th grade pupils in Springhill still attend these schools. The former campus of the Georgia Howell El
Mike Dowling is an American roots music guitarist and songwriter, best known for his solo arrangements on the Grammy Award-winning composition CD Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar. In 2005, Dowling was ranked as one of the twelve best fingerstyle guitarists in the United States. Dowling was raised in Wisconsin before moving to Nashville, he learned about song structures. Dowling got his first guitar. After dropping out of college, Dowling was hired by late fiddler Vassar Clements to play in his touring band and his playing can be heard on Clement's Grammy-nominated Nashville Jam album, he performed and recorded with Jazz violin pioneer Joe Venuti and mandolinist Jethro Burns. In 1991, Dowling had released his first solo album Beats Workin'. Dowling would go on to win his first Grammy for his solo work on Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar. Besides playing guitars, he designs them, he designed the El Trovador guitar for the National Reso-Phonic Guitars. Besides recording and touring, Dowling was a guest on A Prairie Home Companion.
While in Nashville, Dowling has written songs that were recorded by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Claire Lynch, Del McCoury and George Fox. A recording of his song Backtrackin' by The Nashville Bluegrass Band was nominated Bluegrass Song of the Year in 1994 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Dowling lives in Wyoming with his wife Jan. Dowling spends some of his free time as a guitar instructor where he releases material on Homespun Tapes. Beats Workin' Live at the Carpe Swamp Dog Blues String Crazy Two of a Kind Bottomlands Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar Blue Fandango The Blues Ain't News Eclectricity Tracks
"All I Have to Do Is Dream" is a song made famous by the Everly Brothers, written by Boudleaux Bryant of the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, published in 1958. The song is ranked No. 141 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is in AABA form. By far the best-known version was recorded by The Everly Brothers and released as a single in April 1958, it had been recorded by The Everly Brothers live in just two takes on March 6, 1958, features Chet Atkins on guitar. It was the only single to be at No. 1 on all of the Billboard singles charts on June 2, 1958. It first reached No. 1 on the "Most played by Jockeys" and "Top 100" charts on May 19, 1958, remained there for five and three weeks, respectively. "All I Have to Do Is Dream" hit No.1 on the R&B chart as well as becoming The Everly Brothers' third chart topper on the country chart. The Everly Brothers returned to the Hot 100 in 1961 with this song. Outside the United States, "All I Have to Do Is Dream" saw massive success in various countries, most notably the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Singles Chart in June 1958 and remained there for seven weeks, spending 21 weeks on the chart in Britain.
The song has featured on several notable lists of the best songs or singles of all time, including British music magazine Q's 1001 best songs in 2003. It was named one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2004; the B-side, "Claudette", was the first major song writing success for Roy Orbison and was named after his first wife. As a result of this success Orbison terminated his contract with Sun Records and affiliated himself with the Everly's publisher, Acuff-Rose Music; the Everly Brothers' version of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" is featured rather prominently in the 2001 film Riding in Cars with Boys: first the original recording is heard when the father is driving his young daughter, singing along. The song appears in the game Mafia II though the game is set in 1951, seven years before the song was released; the song appears in a dream sequence in the Rodney Dangerfield film Ladybugs. The song plays over the end credits of the 1999 HBO Family special adaptation of Goodnight Moon.
This version of the song was included at the end credits of the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It appears in a 2019 TV commercial for Walmart. Richard Chamberlain covered the song on his 1962 album Richard Chamberlain Sings. Released as a single in 1963, it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell released a duet version in 1969. Donny Osmond's cover version appeared on his 1972 album Portrait of Donny; the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's version, from their 1975 album Symphonion Dream, hit #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. Juice Newton's cover version appeared on her breakout album, Juice, in 1981. R. E. M. contributed their rendition titled " Dream" to the Athens, GA: Inside/Out soundtrack in 1987. NME described the accompanying video as the band "at their most tender... and their most adorable."British singer Cliff Richard, singing with Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, recorded a version of the song. The version peaked at number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart in 1994.