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Elvis, The Louisiana Hayride, Tillman Franks, Jimmy and Johnny, Country People Magazine, Country Johnny Mathis, Country Music, Hillbilly Music, Country Music History, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard Album Chart, Billboard Country Singles, BMI Awards, Grand Ole Opry

Tillman Franks 1976 Interview – Elvis, Jimmy & Johnny, Webb Pierce

Here is a 1976 interview with Tillman Franks that appeared in the British magazine ‘Country Music People’. Here’s a partial transcription of the interview on how Elvis came to the Louisiana Hayride, by Tillman Franks:

“Jimmy and Johnny had a song called “If You Don’t Somebody Else Will”. It was Jimmy Lee and Country Johnny Mathis, and they were tremendous entertainers. They were the only one, and as a matter of fact I was booking (them) at the time and I had got them on Chess Records.

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Johnny’s Memoirs – George Jones

“I was in Nashville for some reason (1964) and George Jones was doing a lot of my songs right then in his albums. George had a tour coming up and he wanted me to go with him for some reason, so shoot, I just hopped on the bus and went right along with him. Went up into Illinois, and Ohio, snow on the ground and I believe he and Dale Reeves were on the show and some more groups, at this one place. Continue reading “Johnny’s Memoirs – George Jones” »

Johnny’s Memoirs – Patsy Cline, Claude King, Jimmy Martin

Webb used to sing that old song “Drifting Texas Sand”,  you know that stuff would be here one day and be across the canal the next day. But that’s how life was, I still would like to figure it out, but I knew the rope was getting shorter.  I still never stopped to dream it was coming showdown time be very soon. Continue reading “Johnny’s Memoirs – Patsy Cline, Claude King, Jimmy Martin” »

Johnny’s Memoirs – Roger Miller and “Please Talk To My Heart”

There’s Roger Miller, he was a good friend. I know he came one day and we was all boozing it up in the motel. He’d sing one of his and I’d sing one of mine. Continue reading “Johnny’s Memoirs – Roger Miller and “Please Talk To My Heart”” »