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Ray Price

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Born outside Perryville, Texas on January 12, 1926, Ray Price became one of the best known country singers of his era.  His parents were Walter Clifton and Clara Mae Bradley Price.  There were no other known children born to this union.  His parents divorced when he was only three years old, with his father remaining on the Wood County farm and his mother moving to Dallas and remarrying Dominic Cimini.  Ray spent time with both families at various times, mostly in Dallas where he graduated from Dallas Adamson.  Until World War II, Price attended North Texas Agricultural College (NTAC), formerly known as Arlington College and now known as University of Texas at Arlington.  He lied about his age and at 17, one year early, Ray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944, serving served in the Pacific until 1946.

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Posted by on January 24, 2019 in biography, entertainers

 

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The Legacy of John Avery Lomax and Alan James Lomax

We first became acquainted with the name John Avery Lomax, Sr. when we found a 1942 recording of “Goodbye Old Paint,” which song is attributed to singing cowboy Charley Willis.  The following is a brief overview of the many achievements of John Avery Lomax and son Alan James Lomax.

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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in biography, black history

 

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William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell

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Lefty Frizzell was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1928 to Naaman Orville and Ades D. Cox Frizzell.  His father was an oilfield worker who followed the drilling rigs.  Lefty was the oldest of eight children and his family moved around as the oil exploration business required.  There are several explanations of how he came by the nickname of Lefty.  The one seeming told most often (and perhaps a legend) was that his classmates began calling him this after a schoolyard fight.  He was called Sonny when he was growing up, but he was left handed, which is possibly also the source of his nickname.

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Posted by on November 15, 2018 in biography, entertainers

 

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Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker was well known as an actor on the long running series, Bonanza.  He was born Bobby Dan Davis Blocker to Ora and Mary Davis Blocker in DeKalb, Texas in 1928.  He weighed 14 pounds at birth and is still believed to be the largest baby ever born in Bowie County, Texas.  After suffering the effects of the Great Depression, in 1934, the family moved to O’Donnell in West Texas, where his father ran a mercantile store.

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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in biography, entertainers

 

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Cyd Charisse (Tula Finklea)

Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas on March 8, 1921 to Ernest Enos and Lela Norwood Finklea.  Ernest was a well known Amarillo jeweler of French descent, though he was born in Texas.  Ernest was the proprietor of E. E. Finklea Jewelers at 410 South Polk Street in downtown Amarillo.  Finklea’s billed itself as “The Jewelry Store of the Panhandle.”  The name Cyd is a respelling of the nickname her brother gave her when he could not pronounce “sister” and she adopted it as her stage name.  The last name Charisse was actually her married name.

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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in biography, entertainers, texas women

 

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