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Hillbilly-Music.com - Top Pages Viewed Summary - 2013
|Hillbilly Heaven Roll Call 2013|
while we may have lost their voices, their music, history and memories will live on for us to enjoy.
Remember those who left our earthly stage for Hillbilly Heaven in 2013 ...
|James Renfro (Renfro Brothers)|
|Patricia MacNab (Smile Sisters)|
|Darlene M. Adam (Friendly Hi-Neighbor Girl)|
|Ramblin' Tommy Scott|
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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!
Randy Blake -
Over the years we've done this web site, one of the early disc jockeys has always
seemed to generate a fair amount of emails from fans that remember listening to him
over the radio. His real name was Harold Winston but you knew him as Randy Blake,
the longtime host of WJJD's Suppertime Frolics show. DJs such as Mr. Blake helped
promote hillbilly music and continued its growth in popularity as it transifitioned
from live radio shows to spinning records. We hope
his fans will enjoy our attempt to document his career.
Ray Griff -
We have had the pleasure of exchanging emails with Ray Griff, a native
of Canada who lived in Music City for over three decades. His first musical
endeavor was with the hometown Winfield Amateurs. He has had over
850 cuts of his songs by numerous artists as you will find in his biography.
He has been elected to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Hall of Honour.
Today, you can still hear Ray doing a weekly radio show from Calgary, Canada.
Dolph Hewitt -
Early on he was known as "The Boy From the Hills of Pennsylvania". Growing up, he
learned to play the fiddle to occupy his idle time from the family farm chores.
He turned to music as a career when as the eldest of nine siblings, he had
to help support the family. He became one of the headliners on the famed
WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago. He married one of the Johnson sisters, Ruth.
When WLS was sold and was turning to a new music format, Dolph took over the reigns
of the show and moved it to WGN where it was heard on the radio as well as a television show.
Leodie Jackson -
While we have not been able to document his career as much as we would have liked,
we are partial to the steel guitar players who have long played a role in the distinctive
sounds in many country music recordings. Leodie was one of those early steel guitar pioneers.
Born in Oklahoma, he found his way out west and we discovered him in a collection of old
photos. He was on the Los Angeles / Hollywood country music scene for a time.
Embert Mishler -
Embert had his own 15-minute radio show when he was just fifteen years old over KFJB
in Marshalltown, Iowa. He later become one of the stars of the WHO Iowa Barn Dance
Frolic out of Des Moines. His later career took him to Denver where he had his
own TV show called the T Bar V Ranch Show over KFEL-TV. By the 1960s, he was
entertaining audiences in Las Vegas.
Cliff Warren -
The Yodeling Cowboy from Waterbury, Connecticut's musical journey took him to places
far and wide. He appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts show. He appeared in the
movie 'Swing Your Partner'. He found work on radio stations KOAI and KTSA in San Antonio,
Texas in the late 1940s. He met up with Gordon Jenkins while visiting family and friends
back in his hometown who got him a Coral Records recording contract.
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spopping up on Hillbilly-Music.com.
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