|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country classic country western swing post core pre-post all spotify good enough for granddad post hitching post post amoeba post dead jimmy wakely|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||secondhandsongs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Clarence Wakely, 16 February 1914, near Mineola, Arkansas, USA, d. 25 September 1982, Mission Hills, California, USA. Wakelys family relocated to Oklahoma when he was child, moving several times as they struggled to make a living, usually by sharecropping. He gave himself the name of Jimmy and attended High School at Cowden, Oklahoma, where he learned to play the guitar and piano and worked on various projects, until, after winning a local radio talent contest, he became a musician. In 1937, he married and moved to Oklahoma City, where he first worked as the pianist with a local band and appeared in a medicine show, before he was given a spot on WKY with Jack Cheney and Scotty Harrel as the Bell Boys (Cheney was soon replaced by Johnny Bond). In 1940, as the Jimmy Wakely Trio, they were hired by Gene Autry to appear on his CBSMelody Ranch radio show in Hollywood. He worked with Autry for two years, at one time being known as the Melody Kid, before leaving to...