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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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Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

1950's

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere

Anatomy Of A Murder World Premiere - 1959

Anatomy of a Murder, directed by Otto Preminger in 1959, was based on a novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker writing under the pseudonym Robert Traver. Starring James Stewart, Ben Gazzara, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, and Duke Ellington, who wrote the soundtrack,Anatomy of a Murder was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best […]

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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

1950's

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie - 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned both guitar and piano, developing his own unique style by the age of nine. It was around then that country artist Stuart Hamblen discovered Pruett and gave him a spot on his radio show on […]

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