Posted by themusicsover on February 22, 2012
September 29, 1930 – February 22, 2012
Billy Strange was a much-respected guitarist, songwriter, and arranger who made an indelible mark on pop music as one of the top session players in Los Angeles during the 1960s. And as a songwriter, he was no slouch either. Born in Long Beach, California, Strange was just 5 years old when he performed on a local radio station – reportedly winning a yodel contest. Roughly ten years later, he was given his first guitar, and within two years, he was on the road. During the mid ’60s, Strange found himself as part of a collective of L.A. studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, who would go down in history as the players on some of the most important pop, rock, and country records of the era. Most famously, Strange played on landmark recordings by the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra, Willie Nelson, and Elvis Presley (whose “A Little Less Conversation” was co-written by Strange. Others who recorded Strange-penned songs include Chubby Checker, the Champs, Hank Snow, and Glen Campbell. In the early ’70s, Strange moved to Nashville where he co-owned and ran the Sinatra’s publishing company. Billy Strange was 81 when he passed away on February 22, 2012.
Thanks to Brett Ortone for the assist.
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Posted by themusicsover on May 29, 2010
December 20, 1920 – May 29, 2008
Herb Mayfield was a guitar and mandolin picker who, along with his two brothers, made up the Mayfield Brothers, who made a name for themselves throughout Texas in the late ’40s. They were generally chosen as opening acts for when such acts as Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Maddox Brothers, and Hank Snow came to Amarillo or Lubock. Mayfield died of renal failure on May 29, 2008.
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Posted by themusicsover on December 20, 2009
Clarence “Hank” Snow
May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999
Hank Snow was a prolific country star who, during a 30-year stretch of his career, logged in more than 70 country-charting singles, including at least seven that reached number one. Over the course of a career that spanned six decades, he sold more than 80 million albums. His songs have been covered by such greats as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and the Rolling Stones. After running away from an abusive home at 12, Snow went to work as a cabin boy on a fishing boat, learned to play the guitar he ordered from a department store catalog, and by 16, he was playing his first his first gigs. He signed with RCA Records in 1936 and released records for them for the next 45 years. After moving to Nashville, it was Snow who convinced the Grand Ole Opry to let a young Elvis Presley grace their stage for the first time in 1954. He continued to use Presley as his opening act and later introduced him to Col. Tom Parker. Hank Snow was 85 when he passed away at his home on December 20, 1999.
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Posted by themusicsover on September 3, 2009
March 23, 1940 – September 3, 2007
Janis Martin was a popular rockabilly performer who came to prominence during the 1950s. Because of her on-stage moves, she was often referred to as the Female Elvis Presley. An entertainer from a very early age, Martin began appearing on local radio programs while still in her mid teens, sometimes sharing the stage with the likes of Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and Jim Reeves. Martin signed to RCA Records, who had recently signed Presley, when she was just 15. Her first record, “Will You Willyum,” quickly became a pop and country hit, leading to her getting booked on American Bandstand, The Today Show, The Tonight Show and The Grand Ol’ Opry. She released a string of hits including “My Boy Elvis” and “Let’s Elope Baby.” In 1958, RCA dropped Martin when they learned she had secretly married her boyfriend and gotten pregnant. In the early ’60s, Martin’s second husband forced her to leave the music business. She resurfaced during the rockabilly revival of the late ’70s, touring for adoring fans throughout Europe. Martin was introduced to a whole new generation of fans when she guested on Rosie Flores’ Rockabilly Philly album. Janis Martin died of cancer at a Durham, NC hospital. She was 67 years old.
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