Special guest blog by former WEXL disk jockey Jack North about his days working for the No. 1 country station in Detroit 1966-70.
Part 3 of a biography of Southeast Michigan's country-western radio and stage personality Jimmy Williams.
Jimmy Williams was one of Michigan’s best-known country artists of the 20th century, promoting stars of Nashville on radio and in person during the 1960s.
One of the earliest modern country music entertainers born in Michigan, Jimmy Williams navigated a six-decade career in music.
Along with Luke Kelly, Forest Rye, and Arlee Barber, Jack Luker had a reputation during the 1940s for leading one of the most popular country-western bands in Detroit.
Seventy-five years ago, the York Bros cut "Hamtramck Mama" and sparked a country music recording industry in Detroit.
Fans of longtime Detroit resident and country music bandleader Forest Rye are smiling at the thought of recordings they hadn't heard before.