Carolyn Bradshaw


Carolyn Bradshaw | Copyright control | tc447

Country music singer Carolyn Bradshaw was born in approx. 1937 and was one of eleven children. In the early 1950s the family moved to Shreveport in the hope of a better life. Carolyn began singing in a famous radio country music programme called the Louisiana Hayride. She was discovered by Jim Reeves and signed to his manager’s record company. She only made a few recordings in the mid-50s, for labels including Chess, who released her final recordings. She was unhappy with her management and gave up music. Her current whereabouts are not recorded.

Wayne Walker


Wayne Walker LP cover | Discussions Magazine Music Blog | tc419

Country music singer and composer Wayne Paul Walker was born on December 13, 1925 and died on January 2, 1979. He was born in Oklahoma but moved eventually to Shreveport and became a regular on the long running radio programme the Louisiana Hayride. He recorded on his own and in this one-off duet with singer Jimmy Lee. By 1956 Walker was enjoying considerable success as a song writer and he has more than 500 published songs.

Jimmy Lee and Johnny Mathis


Jimmy Lee and Johnny Mathis | RCS | tc421

Country music pioneer Jimmy Lee Fautheree, pictured above with singing and recording partner Johnny “Country” Mathis, was born on April 11, 1934 and died on June 29, 2004, of cancer. He first came to prominence as a member of the radio series Louisiana Hayride. He left the music business in 1970 to work in asbestos removal. Singer and songwriter Johnny “Country” Mathis was born on September 28, 1933 and died on September 27, 2011 after a number of years of poor health following a stroke.

You will note the songwriting credit on the record label featured in the video of “S Lewis”. This is understood to be the famous Stan “The Record Man” Lewis, song writer and record producer/record distributor, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Chess country 78s were made in 1954.

Joe Stampley


Joe Stampley album cover | Joe Stampley | tc400

Country music singer and songwriter Joe Stampley was born on June 6, 1943 and is still living. He has had a long and successful career and has had more than 60 charted records. His Chess recordings were made in 1961 and are not listed on his Wikipedia page.

Baker Knight


Baker Knight | Birmingham Record | tc401

Songwriter and singer Thomas Baker Knight Jr., pictured in his home studio, was born on July 4, 1933 and died on October 12, 2005 of natural causes. He learned guitar while serving in the US Forces. He is possibly best known for his song “The Wonder of You” which was recorded buy Elvis Presley and others. He is closely associated with Eddie Cochran.

Linda Brannon


Linda Brannon | Hillbilly | tc416

Linda Brannon was born in 1941 and married the singer, musician and record producer Jerry Glenn Kennedy, who was born on 10 August 1940. Both persons are understood to be alive. No other biographical details are available. The recording “Just another lie” was originally issued on the Ram label.

Stan Farlow


Stan Farlow LP cover | Rate Your Music | tc301

Country singer Stan Farlow is known for his trucking song “Hot wheels” which he recorded for Chess in 1970. He is closely associated with Merle Haggard.

Unable to find current biographical details for Mr Farlow.