Monthly Archives: February 2013

1959: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks on Dick Clark’s Show

Fayetteville’s Rockwood Club, which was owned in the early 1960s by rockabilly legend and Huntsville native Ronnie Hawkins, featured Hawkins’ band, The Hawks, on many occasions. Stories about their wild shows have always been great fodder. This 1959 lip-synced performance … Continue reading

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Rockin’ in the Ozarks Before it Was Called Rock ‘n’ Roll

Though wasn’t called rock ‘n’ roll then, the Ozarks heard plenty of it in the late 1940s and early 1950s, especially when Johnnie Lee Wills came to town. The musician, brother of Bob Wills of Texas Playboys fame, routinely left … Continue reading

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Dorothea Lange: Photographer of the Ozarks

The Works Progress Administration during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration hired many unemployed men and women to carry out various jobs for the government. The WPA programs included the Farm Security Division, where photographer Dorothea Lange traveled to rural America … Continue reading

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Now Let’s Talk About Singing …

After the previous post about The Group in Greers Ferry, it got me to thinking about Almeda Riddle, who also lived in the town.Was she aware of them? Did they ever meet? That part, we may never know. But her … Continue reading

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The Dan Blocker Singers Start a Commune at Greers Ferry

Thanks to Eric Johnson, who, after reading the Black Oak Arkansas post the other day, pointed out that another singing group started a commune in the Ozarks in the early 1970s. That the singing group was named for an actor … Continue reading

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Alan Lomax Collection an Arkansas Music Resource

From the 1930s to 1990s, folklorist Alan Lomax traveled around North American as well as the globe to capture musical sounds of the region. Arkansas musicians, including those from the Ozarks, were included in the recordings. Many of the recordings … Continue reading

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Harrison, Arkansas, “Elvis” Recently on Letterman

Wish I knew about this the other day when I wrote about the day Elvis came to Newton County. Turns out Elvis impersonator Cody Ray Slaughter from Harrison, Arkansas, was featured the other night on “The Late Show With David … Continue reading

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