When cowboys ranged Detroit radio — Happy Hank

Happy Hank, aka Marc Williams Biography of Happy Hank (Marc Williams), cowboy singer and host of syndicated radio shows for children during the 1940s, who lived in Detroit for many years.

Georgie Davis remembers the Davis Sisters

The Davis Sisters On May 26, 2014, Craig Maki and Keith Cady visited with Georgie Davis. Here are highlights from their conversation.

12101 Mack: Labor and country music in Detroit

Audience of Lazy Ranch Boys Barn Dance at 12101 Mack Avenue, ca. 1954 Past and present views of UAW hall 12101 Mack Avenue, Detroit, the home of Casey Clark's Lazy Ranch Boys.

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.

Cowboy crooner: Smilin’ Red Maxedon, part 2

Smilin' Red Maxedon (left) and unknown man, late 1940s During the 1940s, one of the best-known voices of Detroit radio was the mellow baritone of John “Smilin’ Red” Maxedon. He sang cowboy songs with reassuring ease over WJBK and WJR stations every day. In 1946 he began cutting records for the Detroit-based Arcadia company.

Cowboy crooner: Smilin’ Red Maxedon, part 1

Smilin' Red Maxedon, WJR radio During the 1940s, one of the best-known voices of Detroit radio was the mellow baritone of western singer John “Smilin’ Red” Maxedon. For several years, WJR radio’s clear channel 50,000-watt broadcast Maxedon's melodies every day.

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.