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Tommy Vaughn
and the Wonder Valley Boys
Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame (1992)
Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX Saginaw, MI

About The Artist

Tommy Vaughn and the Wonder Valley Boys were a popular act in the Michigan area back in the middle 1950s. The band first got together around 1955. They were said to have developed a unique style that led to their earning a reputation as one of Michigan's "...finest show and dance bands."

Tommy was also a songwriter. At the time, they were hoping to land a recording contract. A 1956 "Checkin' The Records" column notes that Tommy had released a tune for the Cactus record label.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members:

  • Tommy Vaughn, vocals
  • Terry Bethel, steel guitar
  • Chuck Rich, steel guitar
  • Jude Cook, take-off guitar
  • Bill Simerson, bass
  • George Howey, rhythm guitar
  • Russell Waters, drums

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs; No. 49; December 1956; American Folk Publications; Derby, CT
  • Country & Western Jamboree; March 1956; Maher Publications; Chicago, IL