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Tex Ritter: Jealous Heart

1950's

Tex Ritter: Jealous Heart

Tex Ritter with Joe Maphis: Jealous Heart - 1959

In this short clip from Town Hall Party in 1959 virtuoso guitar player Joe Maphis backs up Tex Ritter as he sings his 1945 hit Jealous Heart. Tex Ritter, a singing cowboy of the calibre of Gene Autry, is most known as the balladeer who sings the intro music to the classic film High Noon. […]

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Joe Maphis: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

1950's

Joe Maphis: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

Joe Maphis: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - 1959

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and LOUD, LOUD music) performed by Joe Maphis & wife Rose Lee, LIVE in 1959. Maphis. known for the flatpicking style he developed in the 1930’s, sings magnificent harmony with wife Rose in this 1950’s crowd-pleaser.  

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Martha Carson: Who Built the Ark?

1950's

Martha Carson: Who Built the Ark?

Martha Carson: Who Built the Ark? - 1959

Who built the Ark? Noah, Noah, Who built the ark? Brother Noah built the ark. Old man Noah build the Ark, He build it out of hickory bark. He build it long, both wide and tall. With plenty of room for the large and small. Who built the Ark? Noah, Noah, Who built the ark? […]

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Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

1950's

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil - 1959

In this clip, Charlie Williams, backed up by Joe Maphis, performs a solid rendition of Long Black Veil, made famous by Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Cash, on Town Hall Party in 1959. Born in Texas in 1929, and the underrated Williams got his start in radio, taking up residencies in Tupelo, Fort Worth, Pasadena, Los Angeles, San […]

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Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa

1950's

Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa

Skeets McDonald & Joe Maphis: Mona Lisa - 1959

From a live broadcast in 1959 on KTTV in Los Angeles, Skeets McDonald and Joe Maphis perform a countrified version of Nat King Cole’s Mona Lisa. Performing on Town Hall Party, a show broadcast over radio and television during the 1950s, became something of a hometown Grand Ol’ Opry for the large community of Okies […]

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