May Hawks featured in Cowboy Songs

May Hawks, 1954 Highlights from the 1954 Cowboy Songs feature about Detroit singer May Hawks and her music career.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 3

JIm Franklin 1970s, feature image 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.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 2

Jim Franklin composite of images, ca. 1962 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.

Where You Gonna Rock Tonight: Jimmy Franklin, Part 1

Jimmy Franklin publicity portrait, late 1940s 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.

Interview: Guitarist Tommy Odom, part 2

Tommy Odom, 2001. Second part of a 2001 conversation with Detroit country guitarist Tommy Odom. During 1940s to 1970s, Odom played take off guitar on western and swing records in Detroit by Roy Hall and his Cohutta Mountain Boys, among others.

Interview: Guitarist Tommy Odom, part 1

Guitarist Tommy Odom, 1950s First part of a 2001 conversation with Detroit country guitarist Tommy Odom. During a career spanning 1940s to 1970s, Odom played take off guitar on western swing records in Detroit by Roy Hall and his Cohutta Mountain Boys, among others.

Detroit discography of the Davis Sisters, Betty Jack and Skeeter

The Davis Sisters, Skeeter and Betty Jack. Snapshot ca. 1952 In 1952 Betty Jack Davis and friend Mary Frances "Skeeter" Penick moved to Detroit at the invitation of bandleader Casey Clark. Here is an update of their Detroit recording session details.