Personalities | Jimmy Wakely | West Coast Scene | Country

(Vocals, guitar, actor, 1914–82)

The Jimmy Wakely Trio was first heard on Oklahoma radio before securing a regular spot on Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch CBS network radio show. Then the door to Hollywood opened and Wakely starred in 28 movies for Monogram during a five-year period (1944–49). He was also an immensely successful singer, with some two dozen hits on Capitol – the biggest of which was ‘Slipping Around’ (1949), a No. 1 country and pop duet with Margaret Whiting. During his later years he established Shasta Records, a mail-order business that primarily handled cowboy singers.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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