Forest Rye’s trail from Detroit to the ‘Grand Ole Opry’

Country-western bandleader Forest Rye entertained in Detroit nightclubs, and on radio from the 1920s through the 1950s. Rye was the first Detroiter (of many) to perform at the "Grand Ole Opry."

Rock And Roll Grandpap: Don Rader

Don Rader, Hazel Park, Michigan, 1950s Don Rader sang country and rock ’n’ roll for more than forty years. In 1958 Rader cut his first record, “Rock And Roll Grandpap.” Fifty years later, Rader personified the title of his song as he sang country and vintage rock ’n’ roll with a rock band in Southeast Michigan nightclubs.

The mysterious Ricky Riddle

Rick Riddle 1969 One of the best voices associated with country-western music in Detroit, Ricky Riddle was a singer's singer. His records give out flawless vocal performances, and an easygoing style you recognize as soon as Riddle begins to sing.

Introducing The Humdingers, a.k.a. Les Paul and Mary Ford

"Remember Me" by the Humdingers, Citation 1154-A In late 1951, Detroiter Lou Parker issued recordings by Les Paul and Mary Ford performing as The Humdingers, on his Citation record label.