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Paw Perkins.jpg
Poster for Paw Perkins and the Pea Pickers at the Jasper (Alabama) City Auditorium. Featuring the Phillip Sisters, Roving Ramblers, and Dixie Slim. Date unknown. Courtesy John Horton.

Sid Gunter Alice Label.jpeg
One-of-a-king acetate disc recording by Sidney Louie "Hardrock" Gunter (1925-2013), Feburary 12, 1948, Birmingham, Alabama. A popular country entertainer on Birmingham radio and television, Hardrock Gunter cut his first commercial records for the…

Smoky Reason, Honky-Tonk Swing.jpeg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording by Smokey Reason and his Southerners, April 1, 1949. Courtesy John Horton.Honky-Tonk Swing Stolen Kisses

Cowboy Jimmie Cantrell, TN Moon.jpeg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording by Cowboy Jimmie Cantrell, April 4, 1949. Courtesy John Horton.Tennessee Moon Filipino Baby

Unknown Artist Acetate Label.jpeg
This undated acetate, recorded by an unidentified artist, was located by John Horton in 2023 at an estate sale in Brierfield, Alabama. Side One: Four SongsSide Two: Three SongsHorton notes that one of the seven songs recorded on these two sides is…

Alabama Playboys label.jpg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Tommy Reeves and the Alabama Playboys, October 25, 1952. The disc contains a performance of "You Make Me Happy." The reverse side of the disc includes a performance by the Johnson Family, recorded on the same…

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One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording attributed to the Johnson Family, October 25, 1952. Mislabeled "Wildwood Flowers," the disc contains a performance of "You Are My Flower."Though there are some broad similarities, it appears unlikely that this…

Harry Blevins, Alone with the Blues label.jpg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Henry Blevins and the Steel City Playboys, June 6, 1953."Alone with the Blues""Broken Hearted"Henry Blevins and the Steel City Playboys appeared weekly on Birmingham, Alabama, radio station WVOK's "Dixie…

Jay & Swingbillies Steel Guitar Rag Label.jpeg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording by Jay and the Swingbillies. Recorded for radio station WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama.Jay & Swingbillies: "Steel Guitar Rag"Swing-Billies: "Sugarfoot Boogie"From the estate of Dan Brennan. Courtesy John Horton.

Shorty Sullivan Release Me Label.jpeg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording by Shorty Sullivan, March 8, 1954, for radio station WBAM (Montgomery, Alabama). Sullivan performs "Release Me," the country standard written in 1949 by Eddie Miller and Robert Yount.The reverse side of this disc…

Rebe Gosdin Pray Pray Pray Label.jpg
One-of-a-kind acetate disc recording of Rebe Gosdin and the Sunny Valley Gang, "Pray, Pray, Pray." Recorded March 9, 1954, for radio station WBAM (Montgomery, Alabama). The reverse side of this disc contains a recording of "Release Me" by…

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Acetate disc recording of Wallace O'Dell, "My Life in Darkness," recorded for Reed Records, March 16, 1959, Birmingham, Alabama. Vocal backing by the Chordaires.O'Dell (as Wallace Odell, without the apostrophe) released this title on the Reed label…

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Addressed to a fan at Rt. 1 in Brilliant, Alabama, the publicity postcard offers a short biography of Clements, "The Dixie Yodeler":

"Born September 6, in the hills of Central Alabama, of English and Cherokee Indian descent. Has dark brown hair…

Uncle Bob Helton's Blue Ridge Boys.jpeg
Uncle Bob Helton and his Blue Ridge Boys at Montgomery radio station WMGY, circa 1940s. Left to right: Luke Sheahan, George Mayhew, Cuss Thorpe, "Uncle" Bob Helton, Duff Sherer, Todd Williams, and Kilroy Entreken. Helton’s band performed and…

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Photo of Happy Wilson and his Golden River Boys, Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured left to right are Billy Tucker, Ted Crabtree, Sammy Pruett, Louise Linard, Happy Wilson, and Jim O’Day. Sponsors identified in the photo are White Tulip Corn Meal and…

Watkins Brothers (w: Joe Rumore).jpeg
Photo postcard of the Watkins Brothers and the Mother's Best Red Hat Kids, circa 1950s, WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured left to right are Curley Fagan, Richard Watkins, Bobby Watkins, announcer Joe Rumore, Jimmie Watkins, Robert [?], and Tommy…

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Newspaper article featuring Ray R. Myers,Birmingham News, April 25, 1954.Born without arms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1911, the dapper and versatile Myers learned to play steel guitar with his feet, performing at the 1933 World's Fair and in…

WVOK Cast 2.jpeg
Cast photograph for "The Dixie Jamboree," WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s, WVOK's "Dixie Jamboree" featured live music broadcast from Birmingham's National Guard Armory. Hosted by radio personality Dan…

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Cast photograph of "The Dixie Jamboree," WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s, WVOK's "Dixie Jamboree" featured live music broadcast from Birmingham's National Guard Armory. Hosted by radio personality Dan…

Dixie Jamnboree Ad.jpeg
Advertisement for "The Dixie Jamboree," hosted by Dan Brennan, WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s, WVOK's "Dixie Jamboree" featured live music broadcast from Birmingham's National Guard Armory. Hosted by…
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