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Jimmy Wakely
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Vocalist
    (February 16, 1914-September 23, 1982)
    Born in Howard County, Arkansas
    Birth name was James Clarence Wakeley
    Country Western 'Singing Cowboy' vocalist, star of B-Western serials
    Best known for his series of duet recordings with Margaret Whiting, between the years 1948 and 1951
    Recorded 'Signed Sealed and Delivered,' 'Dust,' 'Cimarron,' 'Slippin' Around,' 'One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart),' 'I Love You So Much It Hurts Me,' 'Peter Cottontail,' 'Call of the Canyon,' 'There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere,' and 'Mona Lisa'
    Acted in 'The Marshal's Daughter,' 'Anytime,' 'Strictly in the Groove,' 'Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga,' 'Across the Rio Grande,' 'Oklahoma Blues,' 'Song of the Range,' and 'Lawless Code'
    Released albums 'Songs of the West,' 'Santa Fe Trail,' 'Jimmy Wakely Sings,' 'Here's Jimmy Wakely' 'Big Country Songs,' and 'Now and Then'
    Hosted radio programs The Jimmy Wakely Show (1952–1958), Melody Ranch (1940–1942), and The CBS Hollywood Barn Dance (1945–1947)
    Lead singer of The Jimmy Wakely Trio
    Also frequently collaborated with Mary Ford,Johnny Bond, Smiley Burnette, Rex Allen and Eddie Dean
    He got married on Friday the 13th.
    He was a poor man's Tex Ritter.
    He has widely been billed as 'the last of the Singing Cowboys' in movies.
    He had his own short-lived DC Comic strip series.
    He dropped the second '-e' from his surname to enhance his marketability as a performer.
    His sister had her boyfriend teach him his first three chords on the guitar so he wouldn't pester them on their dates.
    He was accused of 'prostituting country music' by helping to export it to mainstream venues.
    He said 'I guess I am the only person to have become a star in forties type shoot-em-up Westerns who supported every other star prior to my own stardom.'
    He was discovered by Gene Autry.
    He performed at the Grand Ole Opry, in his later years.
    He grew up dirt poor in the Great Depression.
    His co-stars described him as a tireless workhorse.
    He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
    He was inducted into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
    He converted part of his California ranch into a recording studio, in the 1970s.
    During his heyday, he ranked fourth among cowboy film stars and third among all singers on jukeboxes.
    He was a skilled songwriter; one whose versatility extended to wide range of ballads, western swing, jazz, and pop music.
    His 'Slippin' Around' duet with Margaret Whiting topped the US Country Charts, while also crossing over into the pop market, as well. He won back-to-back Cash Box awards as the nation's top country singer.
    He sometimes sang duets with his wife, Inez, on his 1950s radio program.
    He said of his wife 'our marriage was the beginning of my dream coming true. With the help of God, Inez, and some good friends, my dreams did come true.

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