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Jack Dunham

Lead vocalist and main songwriter from the Upsetters, which took its named from Small Richard’s band, Jack port Dunham helped to lay down the building blocks of, what became referred to as, the “Tulsa audio”. A lively mixture of rockabilly, rock and roll & move and blues, Dunham’s tunes were included in country vocalist Conway Twitty and influenced such roots-oriented performers as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and J.J. Cale. Given birth to in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dunham was raised, from age one, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Performing combined with the radio since first memory, he created the Upsetters, offering Leo Feathers on acoustic guitar, Jimmy Williams on saxophone, Ron Ryle on electrical bass, Russell “Leon” Bridges on piano and Chuck Blackwell on drums,as students at Oklahoma Condition University or college. Although he continuing to front side the group, after moving to the University or college of Tulsa the next year, he remaining for southern California in 1960. Among the first of many Tulsa music artists who adopted him to LA, Durham authorized with Imperial as Jackie Durham. Although he released two singles, neither demonstrated a commercial discovery. Turning his focus on songwriting, he worked well for Gene Autry’s 4 Celebrity Music Publishing Organization, Central Tunes, Tree International Music Posting, “Twitty Parrot” Music and Checkmate.

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