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.

A Detroit discography of the York Brothers

1953 York Brothers promotional portrait Perhaps the most popular country singers in Detroit during the 1940s and 1950s, the York Brothers, George and Les, also created the most important (and perhaps first) country music records in Detroit during the early 1940s. Here is a fresh list, along with labels, personnel, and approximate dates.

Barefoot Brownie and Ernie Lee on TV

Barefoot Brownie Reynolds Barefoot Brownie Reynolds performs on Ernie Lee's TV show in a video from the 1980s. Both Reynolds and Lee worked on WJR radio Detroit many years ago.

Detroit recording sessions of Jimmy Work

Tennessee Border by Jimmy Work In 1993 Bear Family Records assembled all of Jimmy Work's records in a double compact disc package, including his sessions in Detroit. Here are my updates to Rich Kienzle's and Richard Weize's guesses at the personnel for these sessions.

He Played Country With Dynamite: Skeet Ring

Les Bonine and Skeet Ring 1949 was a banner year for the three-year-old Fortune Records company in Detroit. Billboard magazine reviewed several country platters that Fortune issued by Detroit artists, including the only one ever made by Skeet Ring. Ring’s disk was also the last commercial record made by a country music pioneer.

James N. Gregory’s “The Southern Diaspora”

"The Southern Diaspora" by James N. Gregory (2005) One of my favorite resources for this project is James N. Gregory's "The Southern Diaspora," published by University of North Carolina Press (2005). If you'd like to dig deep into some of the major changes that transformed American society in the last century, I recommend it.

The Silver Sage Buckaroos, a New Introduction to Detroit Country-Western

Newspaper clipping: "Bob" and his Silver Sage Buckaroos The torn, yellowed and undated newspaper clipping, still attached to a piece of vintage scrapbook page, shows Detroit’s Silver Sage Buckaroos. During the late 1930s and 1940s, the group performed cowboy music on WEXL radio Royal Oak and cut "Wayne County Blues," a record for the Mellow Record Company on Detroit's east side.