Personalities | Billy Mize | West Coast Scene | Country

(Vocals, songwriter, steel guitar, b. 1929)

An integral contributor to the West Coast scene of the post-war years, Billy Mize hosted a variety of radio and television shows, including his own Chuck Wagon Show (with songwriting partner and musician Cliff Crawford) where, purportedly, 16-year-old Merle Haggard made his television debut. He was also a featured steel guitarist on the long-running Town Hall Party, and, in 1966, received the ACM Award as Top Television Personality.

Styles & Forms | West Coast Scene | Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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