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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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Jerry Clower

Johnny was long time friends with Country comedian and entertainer, Jerry Clower. Jerry was always good for a one-liner, funny analogy or comment. Johnny married Jeannie McLain in 1968 and after the marriage, when Jerry would see Johnny together with Jeannie he would say, “that’s like a buffalo nickel married to a silver dollar!”