Eddie Noack decided on a career in music after winning a talent contest in 1947. A honky tonk singer influenced by Hank Williams, he appeared frequently on radio and was signed by Gold Star Records in 1949. That same year, Gold Star released his song Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was not a cover of the eponymous song from the 1949 musical but a parody of it. He also recorded the single “Have Blues Will Travel/The Price of Love” for Gold Star in 1959 but recorded for many labels during the decade of the 1950s.
He began recording for Four Star in 1951 as part of R.D. Hendon and His Western Jamboree Cowboys, a band specializing in the honky tonk, country swing, and country boogie styles, and later rockabilly. (The band later recorded Noark's song We Smiled as a B-side in 1956 for Starday.) Too Hot To Handle, his own composition, was leased by Four Star to the TNT label, establishing his reputation as a songwriter. In 1953, he was signed by Starday, which was owned by record producer Pappy Daily, with whom he would work for the bulk of his professional career.
Noack was drafted in 1954 and spent two years in the Army. Back in the music business, he flourished as a songwiter at Starday, with Hank Snow's cover of his song These Hands reaching No. 5 on the C+W charts in 1956. When Pappy Daily founded D Records in 1958, he signed Noack, and his recording of his own composition Have Blues Will Travel reached No. 14 on the country charts. Under the name "Tommy Wood", Noack recorded rockabilly music.