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The Wonder Drug of Berryville

In 1960, Berryville disc jockey Jack Reno of radio station KTCN made a plea in Billboard magazine that his station was spinning three hours of country music a day and was in dire need of some albums and singles. Within … Continue reading

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Rockwood Club in 1961: Jim White Channels the Spirit of Buddy Holly

Here’s yet another mystery from the rock ‘n’ roll archives, and this time it’s Jim White who performed at the Rockwood Club in Fayetteville in March 1961. Though his backup band was listed in the accompanying ad as the Knights, … Continue reading

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‘If You Love Music, I’m Your Buddy’

Little Montie Jones was billed as one of the youngest disc jockeys in the nation when he presented his Saturday radio show on Siloam Springs (Benton County) station KUOA in the 1950s. By the time he was a teenager, he … Continue reading

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Rockwood Club in 1953: Take it Away, Leon

Before rock ‘n’ roll became all the rage in the Ozarks, Western swing was king in Northwest Arkansas, especially for its proximity to Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was home to Cain’s Ballroom, the venue that would, in turn, be home for … Continue reading

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Hobart and Hugh, Ashley’s Melody Men and Brenda Lee

Thoughts on Sunday’s Rockwood Club posting continues, but it takes a little bit of a turn. Featured was a recording by Mike McAlister, who was one of many musicians locally and nationally to perform at Fayetteville’s legendary club. He also … Continue reading

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Bubble Club to the Rockwood, Fayetteville Venues Told Through Ads

Sunday’s post of Fayetteville’s Rockwood Club prompted many to reminisce about other music venues in the area. They included The Bubble Club (located roughly where the KFC and Motel 6 is near the Rolling Hills Drive and College Avenue intersection), … Continue reading

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Ghosts of The Rockwood Club

As rock ‘n’ roll began to emerge in the Ozarks, there were a few clubs, especially around Fayetteville, where college students and young adults could kick back on a Friday or Saturday night to hear music with a good beat … Continue reading

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