Deke Dickerson's book, The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology, is out. It includes a story about former WEXL d.j. and musician Earl Gormaine's Pick N Strum music shop in Detroit.
For years, admirers of Jimmy Franklin's "Hey Mr. Presley," one the hottest rockabilly disks on Detroit's Fortune label, had no idea where he'd gone after cutting that record. Fans will be glad to know he remained true to his artistic callings after moving back home to Kentucky. Part 3 of 3.
In 1952 Jim Franklin played at WNAX radio. He returned to Detroit by 1956 and made two records for the Fortune label with other bands before striking out on his own. Part 2 of a 3-part biography.
From 1948 to 1970, singer Jimmy Franklin made great western swing, country and rockabilly records in Detroit, before disappearing suddenly from the scene. Here is part one of two, wherein Franklin established himself among the best C&W entertainers of his day.