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Just because it's history, doesn't mean
we don't find or hear about something new.
Our recent updates include:
Dusty Owens -
tells us about his career in his own words.
Early Michigan & Iowa years
WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
The way you remember it!
Colonel Combs -
It's time to reach back and feature one of the real old-timers in country music history.
Someone born in the 1880s. We have a certain fondness for the folks that performed on WIBW in Topeka, Kansas. We thought
we would feature one of its legendary performers - a farmer, military veteran of two
World Wars, an auctioneer and fiddler. He also holds a couple
of "firsts" with the station as well. He was quite a character.
Bob Flannery -
Bob's mother was Violet (Billie) of the Flannery Sisters duo. Bob's musican journey took him to
Laredo, Texas where he worked for XENT and then moved on to KPAB. His first break came when
Randy Blake, DJ for WJJD heard him sing and recommended him to Lee Gillette of Capitol Records.
He also did a duet record with WLS's Phyllis Brown singing a Floyd Tillman tune.
Bob also played the steel guitar.
Durwood Haddock -
A songwriter, performer in the classic sound. He appeared on the Big D Jamboree
in Dallas several times. He is known for the monster hit he wrote, "There She Goes" in
1955 with Eddie Miller. He later recorded a tribute CD to accompany a biography written
by his friend Arnold Rodgers along with Jerry Langley on the life and times of Jenny Lou
Carson. He also had one of his tunes featured in the 2003 Bruce Willis movie "The Whole
Roy Lee Harmon -
Poet laureate. Sports editor and columnist. Fishing columnist. Elected to House
of Delegates with Robert Byrd in West Virginia. Moved to Beckley after experiencing
one flood too many. Wrote the local high school
official song. Published several books of poems, including "Hillbilly Ballads."
Henry Hornsbuckle -
Was this his real name or the character he developed that stayed with him? We'll
leave it to you to read and find out. He along with "Widder Green" were part
of the characters on "The Fireside Party" over WLS in the 1930s. He went on
to publish a household hints monthly newsletter called "Henry's Exchange Hint
Merle Housh -
We reach back for another WIBW alumni who's career took him also to Chicago
and WLS as well as a stint in Iowa under the name of Red Ellis. He was
part of the Hiram and Henry team, a musician, talented writer. And took
on the part of many characters.
Hugh X. Lewis -
One of Nashville's prolific songwriters. He wrote "B.J. the D.J." for Stonewall
Jackson. He wrote "Take My Ring Off Your Finger" for Carl Smith. And has had tunes
recorded by Charley Pride, Del Reeves, Little Jimmie Dickens, Lynn Anderson Jim Ed Brown
and more. He also hosted a syndicated television show - "Hugh X. Lewis Country Club".
He has appeared in several movies as well.
Red Perkins -
We continue to learn about artists of those bygone eras and are able to tap into
many more resources on the internet. Red recorded for the King and DeLuxe labels. He
had his own televsion show over WLW-D in Dayton, Ohio for a time and was the first
to have recorded "Big Blue Diamonds".
The Sternards -
We do run across some unusual acts associated with the history of hillbilly / country music.
They were known for "Syncopating the Classics". They toured with various WLS acts in the mid 1930s.
Just imagine the type of entertainment a 'hillbilly music' or 'country music' audience was being exposed
to in those days. We have yet to find a picture of this duo. But at least we identified who they were.
Keep clicking around - there's always something new
spopping up on Hillbilly-Music.com.
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