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Jimmy Wakely


Jimmy Wakely was among the last vocalists to create it in films being a singing cowboy or transform a film contract right into a effective saving career. A protégé and breakthrough of Gene Autry, he was hardly ever remotely as effective as Autry in films, nor do his record product sales strategy those of his coach, but Wakely was effective being a crossover action, his tone of voice and repertoire appealing enough to get favour with pop in addition to nation & western viewers. Wayne Clarence Wakely was created in Arkansas on Feb 16, 1914, but grew up in Oklahoma, where he spent a lot of his early existence inside a succession of unusual careers while he nursed his ambitions for any profession in music. Ultimately he became a member of up with Dick Reinhardt and Johnny Relationship to create the Jimmy Wakely Trio in 1937. Their primary impact was the Sons from the Pioneers, and their performing and playing demonstrated attractive plenty of to property them a normal broadcasting gig in Oklahoma Town. Having accomplished some acknowledgement locally, they were able to parlay that right into a ending up in Autry when he toured Oklahoma in 1940, as well as the vocalist was impressed plenty of with their function to invite these to California. Wakely and organization became regulars on Autry’s Melody Ranch radio display, and also started showing up in his movies for Republic Photos. Strangely plenty of, despite Wakely’s later on achievement, Johnny Relationship became the very first person in the trio to obtain a recording agreement in 1941. Wakely got his personal recording offer in 1942, soon after he remaining the Autry collapse, and experienced his first strike a year later on having a cover of nation yodel celebrity Elton Britt’s wartime anthem, “There is a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Someplace.” At that time, despite — or simply due to — the omnipresence of Globe Battle II in individuals’ lives, the performing cowboy picture that Gene Autry founded in films was still growing. On the house front, the general public (especially the youngsters) liked the films, and there is money to be produced. Autry was portion within the U.S. armed forces, but Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter both continuing riding and performing their method through screen ventures, and other little studios were searching for their own performing cowboys. Monogram Images, Republic’s major competition among B-movie studios, contacted Wakely having a agreement in 1944, and his 1st picture, Music of the number, was a moderate achievement, resulting in a five-year stint while watching cams. Wakely was not as organic an acting professional as Autry or Roy Rogers, but his tone of voice was appealing and his 28 Westerns had been reasonably effective in their period. Amid Wakely’s function in B Westerns, his documenting profession thrived, as he started recording a distinctively sophisticated selection of nation, cowboy, and pop tunes. His string started with his personal “Song from the Sierras,” a richly atmospheric ballad that offered his voice inside a deep, severe light. His 1st major crossover strike followed a yr later on in 1948 with “YOU HAVE My Name (ANOTHER Has My Center),” a coming in contact with song in regards to a tragic passionate triangle that reached the very best spot on the united states & western graphs and the very best Ten within the pop graphs. Wakely became specifically closely from the music of honky tonk songwriter Floyd Tillman, and something cover, “I REALLY LIKE You A LOT It Hurts,” spent five weeks at the main spot on the united states graphs in 1949. It had been maker Lee Gillette who considered teaming Wakely up with songstress Margaret Whiting in what became a very effective partnership. Their 1st song collectively, the infidelity tale “Slippin’ Around,” established the pattern because of their relationship, the effervescent Whiting as well as the even, laid-back Wakely — who, by that point, was becoming referred to as the Bing Crosby of nation & traditional western music — controlling each other properly. “Slippin’ Around” spent 17 weeks at the main spot on the united states graphs and weekly at the main pop chart placement, and both had nine following hits jointly, including “Wedding ceremony Bells” and “IF YOU and I Had been Youthful Maggie Blues.” It had been inevitable from all this achievement that Wakely would turn into a mass media superstar. In 1952, he became the superstar from the Jimmy Wakely Present over the CBS radio network. After co-hosting the ABC tv network series 5 STAR Jubilee in 1961 with Tex Ritter, he continuing to record for his very own Shasta Information label, which he founded being a mail-order distribution firm in the middle-’60s. He continuing to perform reside in an action that included his kid and little girl, and remained well-known through the 1970s, until age group and health issues began acquiring their toll. Wakely passed away of emphysema in 1982.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jimmy Wakely
Died September 23, 1982, Mission Hills, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Dora Inez Miser
Children Johnny Wakely, Deanna Wakely, Carol Wakely, Linda Wakely
Parents Major Anderson Wakeley, Caroline "Cali" Wakeley
Music Songs One Has My Name, I Love You So Much It Hurts, Song of the Sierras, Slippin' Around, My Heart Cries for You, The Gods Were Angry With Me, Along the Santa Fe Trail, I'm Sending You Red Roses, Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle, Enter And Rest And Pray, Tellin' My Troubles To My Old Guitar, Moon Over Montana, Beautiful Brown Eyes, Mine All Mine, Oklahoma Blues, If Santa Claus Could Bring You Back to Me, Oklahoma Hills, Mr. Easter Bunny, There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere, Another Fool Steps In, When Love Goes Wrong, This Orchid Means Goodbye, I Like The Wide Open Spaces, It's Christmas, I Wish I Had a Nickel, At the Close of a Long, Long Day, Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie, Blue Shadows on the Trail, I'll Never Let You Go, Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind, Gonna Walk With My Lord, I Learned to Love You Too Late
Albums A Rainbow At Midnight, From Cowboy to Country, Cowboys Prayer, The World Is Waiting For Sunrise, Jimmy Wakely, Ghost Riders, Winter Wonderland, An Old Fashioned Christmas (Digitally Remastered), Jimmy Wakely Sings a Tribute to Bob Wills (Digitally Remastered), I Love You so Much It Hurts - 23 Greatest Hits, Precious Memories, The Jimmy Wakely Christmas Collection, Moments to Remember (Digitally Remastered), Cowboy's Greatest Songs, Reflections (Digitally Remastered), Beautiful Brown Eyes, The Very Best, Take Me Home Country Roads, Jimmy Wakely Sings (Digitally Remastered), Call Of The Canyon, Ridin' In The Rain, It's Christmas, You Are My Sunshine, Jimmy Wakely Country (Digitally Remastered), Lonesome Trail, Jimmy Wakely Country, Vol. 2 (Digitally Remastered), Vintage Collections, Till We Meet Again, Country Million Sellers, The Wakely Way with Country Hits (Digitally Remastered), Standing Outside of Heaven, The Solid South, Steal a Penny from a Beggar, Wake Up Everybody, The Sound of the 40´s, The Best Of, Country Kings, Dust, The Gentle Touch (Digitally Remastered), Giants Of Country Music, Don't Be Lonely, Happy Holidays: White Christmas, Are You Satisfied, The Winter Song, Keep No Secrets, Beyond Patina Jazz Masters, Till the End of the World, Saloon Classics, The King of Melody, It's a Lonely Trail, Country Superstars: The Jimmy Wakely Hits Anthology
Nominations Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality of the Year - Regional
Movies Brand of Fear, Lawless Code, Arrow In the Dust, Gun Law Justice, Roaring Westward, Across the Rio Grande, Partners of the Sunset, The Old Chisholm Trail, Money, Women and Guns, Courtin' Trouble, Cowboy Cavalier, Gun Runner, Oklahoma Blues, In the Good Old Summertime, Song of the Wasteland, Silver Trails, The Lonesome Trail
TV Shows Five Star Jubilee

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1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2 Made his first public singing appearance in the Royal Theatre, located in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. At the time Jimmie was living in one of the little country towns of either Byars or Rosedale, Oklahoma.
3 His numerous couplings with singer Margaret Whiting at post-war Capitol Records proved memorable with "Slipping Around," "Broken Down Merry-Go-Round" and the Christmas classic "Silver Bells."
4 Country-western singer/actor



Grace and Frankie 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Shadowboxer 2005 writer: "I Want To Ride That Glory Train"
Clay Pigeons 1998 performer: "Moon Over Montana" / writer: "Moon Over Montana"
Mars Attacks! 1996 writer: "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky"
Country Style, U.S.A. 1959 TV Series short writer - 1 episode
Money, Women and Guns 1958 performer: "Lonely Is The Hunter" / writer: "Lonely Is The Hunter"
Slim Carter 1957 writer: "Cowboy", "Ride Cowboy, Ride"
Ranch Party 1957 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
A Day of Fury 1956 writer: "Vote for Emily Morgan" - uncredited
The Silver Star 1955 performer: "The Silver Star" / writer: "The Silver Star"
Dawn at Socorro 1954 writer: "Vote for Emily Morgan" - uncredited
Arrow in the Dust 1954 "THE WEARY STRANGER"
Jimmy Wakely's Jamboree 1954 Short performer: "Cattle Call", "Cimarron", "I've Had My Share of Sorrow"
The Marshal's Daughter 1953 writer: "My Heart Has Room For You"
Twilight in the Sierras 1950 writer: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy"
Lawless Code 1949 performer: "I'll Be A Cowboy 'Till I Die", "Home On The Range"
Brand of Fear 1949 performer: "Cool Water", "I Don't Care", "Rainbow Over the Range"
Across the Rio Grande 1949 performer: "Across the Rio Grande", "I'm Lonely and Nobody Cares" / writer: "Across the Rio Grande", "I'm Lonely and Nobody Cares"
Desert Vigilante 1949 writer: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'"
Gun Law Justice 1949 performer: "Rose Of Old Santa Fe", "I Have Looked the Whole World Over" / writer: "I Have Looked the Whole World Over"
Gun Runner 1949 performer: "Paradise Trail", "Gonna Build A Little Home In Oklahoma"
Courtin' Trouble 1948 performer: "Moon Over Montana", "A New Thrill From An Old Flame" / writer: "Moon Over Montana"
Silver Trails 1948 performer: "Silver Trails", "Serenade", "For the Sake of Days Gone By" / writer: "Silver Trails", "Serenade"
Cowboy Cavalier 1948 performer: "Night After Night", "Mine, All Mine" / writer: "Night After Night"
Range Renegades 1948 performer: "Easy To Please", "Arizona Sunset", "Hifalutin' Cowboy", "I'm An Old Cowpoke Just A-pokin' Along" / writer: "Hifalutin' Cowboy"
Partners of the Sunset 1948 performer: "It's a Beautiful Day", "Your Bouquet of Roses", "Telling My Troubles To My Old Guitar", "Press Along To the Home Corral" / writer: "It's a Beautiful Day", "Your Bouquet of Roses"
The Rangers Ride 1948 performer: "The Yodeling Ranger", "Are You Ashamed to Call Me Darlin?", "Casting My Lasso to the Sky" / writer: "Are You Ashamed to Call Me Darlin?", "Casting My Lasso to the Sky"
Oklahoma Blues 1948 performer: "Oklahoma Blues", "Judy", "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar" / writer: "Oklahoma Blues", "On the Strings of My Lonesome Guitar"
Song of the Drifter 1948 performer: "I'll Hold You In My Heart", "It's Been So Long, Darling", "Gonna Go Fishing By the Riverside" / writer: "Gonna Go Fishing By the Riverside"
Ridin' Down the Trail 1947 performer: "I'm Out to See Texas", "Ridin' Down the Trail With You", "Cowtown, U.S. A" / writer: "I'm Out to See Texas", "Ridin' Down the Trail With You", "Cowtown, U.S. A"
Song of the Wasteland 1947 performer: "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie", "Cimarron", "Hi Lo, Hi O", "I Hear You Talking", "Somebody's Rose" / writer: "I Hear You Talking", "Somebody's Rose"
Six-Gun Serenade 1947 performer: "You Are Always On My Mind", "Blue, Blue Eyes", "Headin' Up the Santa Fe Trail"
Rainbow Over the Rockies 1947 performer: "Lonesome Trail", "A Song To Remember You By", "Rainbow Over the Rockies", "Git Along Little Dogies Whoopie Ti Yi Yo", "Cowboy's Dream" / writer: "Lonesome Trail", "Rainbow Over the Rockies"
Last Frontier Uprising 1947 writer: "You're the Sweetest Rose in Texas"
Song of the Sierras 1946 performer: "Detour", "Song of the Sierras", "Texas Tornado" / writer: "Song of the Sierras", "Texas Tornado"
Rustler's Round-up 1946 writer: "Vote For Cal Dixon"
Trail to Mexico 1946 performer: "Trail To Mexico", "Little Rose of the Rancho"
Moon Over Montana 1946 writer: "Rose of the Prairie", "Moon Over Montana"
Lonesome Trail 1945 performer: "Lonesome Trail", "Goodbye, Good Luck My Darling", "Too Bad, Little Girl, Too Bad" / writer: "Strings of My Lonesome Guitar"
Riders of the Dawn 1945 performer: "Shame on You", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "I'll Never Let You Go Little Darling", "Sleep, Baby, Sleep", "Saddle Pals" / writer: "I'll Never Let You Go Little Darling"
Saddle Serenade 1945 performer: "Cool Water", "Stay Away From My Door", "Saddle Serenade", "I've Got Nuggets In My Pocket", "Saddle Pals" / writer: "Stay Away From My Door", "Saddle Serenade", "Saddle Pals"
Springtime in Texas 1945 performer: "Saddle Pals", "You're the Sweetest Rose in Texas", "Good Bye, Good Bye"
Song of the Range 1944 performer: "Saddle Pals", "Keep Rolling One", "When the Sunset Bids the Desert Goodnight", "Too Bad, Little Girl, Too Bad", "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine", "Goodbye, Old Pal" / writer: "Saddle Pals"
I'm from Arkansas 1944 performer: "You Are My Sunshine", "Don't Turn Me Down Little Darlin'", "Whistlin' Down the Lane With You" / writer: "Whistlin' Down the Lane With You", "If You Can't Go Right, Don't Go Wrong"
Riders of the Santa Fe 1944 lyrics: "Little Sweetheart of the Rio Grande"
Trigger Trail 1944 writer: "Trail Dreamin'"
Cowboy Canteen 1944 writer: "Walking Down the Lane With You" - uncredited
Rhythm Serenade 1943 writer: "Bye and Bye" - uncredited
The Lone Star Trail 1943 writer: "I Gotta See Texas Just Once More"
Raiders of San Joaquin 1943 writer: "A Carefree Cowboy"
Cheyenne Roundup 1943 writer: "Ain't Got Nothin' and Nothin' Worries Me"
The Old Chisholm Trail 1942 writer: "Little Sweetheart of the Rio Grande"
Little Joe, the Wrangler 1942 writer: "I'll Saddle My Pony"
Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942 writer: "Out On The Lone Star Trail"
Boss of Hangtown Mesa 1942 writer: "Ain't Got Nothin'" uncredited, "Trail Dream" uncredited, "Nothin' Worries Me"
The Silver Bullet 1942 writer: "My Gal, She Works In A Laundry", "Sweetheart of the Rio Grande", "Vote For Emily Morgan"
Stardust on the Sage 1942 lyrics: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'" 1943? - uncredited / music: "I'll Never Let You Go, Little Darlin'" 1943? - uncredited
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga 1941 performer: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy" / writer: "Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy"
Give Us Wings 1940 performer: "Happy Jubilee", "On a Blue Ridge Mountain Trail" - uncredited



Shotgun Slade 1959 TV Series The Marshal
Arrow in the Dust 1954 Pvt. Carqueville
The Marshal's Daughter 1953 Jimmy Wakely - Poker-Game Player
Lawless Code 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Roaring Westward 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Brand of Fear 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Across the Rio Grande 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Gun Law Justice 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Gun Runner 1949 Jimmy Wakely
Courtin' Trouble 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Outlaw Brand 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Silver Trails 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Cowboy Cavalier 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Range Renegades 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Partners of the Sunset 1948 Jimmy Wakely
The Rangers Ride 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Oklahoma Blues 1948 Jimmy Wakely, Posing as The Melody Kid
Song of the Drifter 1948 Jimmy Wakely
Ridin' Down the Trail 1947 Jimmy Wakely
Song of the Wasteland 1947 Jimmy Wakely
Six-Gun Serenade 1947 Jimmy Wakely
Rainbow Over the Rockies 1947 Jimmy Wakely
Song of the Sierras 1946 Jimmy Wakely
Trail to Mexico 1946 Jimmy Wakely, aka Jimmy Jones
West of the Alamo 1946 Texas Ranger Jimmy Wakely
Moon Over Montana 1946 Jimmy Wakely
Lonesome Trail 1945 Jimmy Wakely
Riders of the Dawn 1945 Jimmy Wakely
Saddle Serenade 1945 Jimmy Wakely
Springtime in Texas 1945 Jimmy Wakely
Rough Ridin' Justice 1945 Jimmy Wakely
Sagebrush Heroes 1945 Musician Cowhand Jimmy
Git Along Little Pony 1944 Short Jimmy Wakely - Member, Jimmy Wakely Trio (uncredited)
Saddle Leather Law 1944 Musician / Cowhand Jimmy
Montana Plains 1944 Short Jimmy Wakely
Song of the Range 1944 Jimmy
Cyclone Prairie Rangers 1944 Wakely, (Leader, Jimmy Wakely and His Saddle Pals)
I'm from Arkansas 1944 Jimmy Wakely
Cowboy from Lonesome River 1944 Jimmy Wakely
Swing in the Saddle 1944 Jimmy Wakely - Bandleader (uncredited)
Sundown Valley 1944 Jimmy Holman, Steve's Foreman
Cowboy in the Clouds 1943 Glen Avery
The Lone Star Trail 1943 Jimmy - Member, Jimmy Wakely Trio (uncredited)
Robin Hood of the Range 1943 Jimmy, Jimmy Wakely Trio
Raiders of San Joaquin 1943 Jimmy Wakely - Member, Jimmy Wakely Trio (uncredited)
Cheyenne Roundup 1943 Guitar Player (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)
Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground 1943 Jimmy - Guitar Player (as The Jimmy Wakely Trio)
The Old Chisholm Trail 1942 Jimmy Wakely (uncredited)
Strictly in the Groove 1942 Jimmy Wakely (uncredited)
Little Joe, the Wrangler 1942 Singer (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)
Deep in the Heart of Texas 1942 Guitar Player - Jimmy Wakely Trio (uncredited)
Come on Danger 1942 2nd Banjo Player (uncredited)
Heart of the Rio Grande 1942 Guitar Player - Jimmy Wakely Trio (uncredited)
Twilight on the Trail 1941 Guitar Playing Cowhand (uncredited)
Stick to Your Guns 1941 Pete - Guitar Player (as Jimmy Wakely Trio)
Redskins and Redheads 1941 Short Guitar Player
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie 1941 Singing Cowhand (uncredited)
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga 1941 Jim
Pony Post 1940 Guitar Player (uncredited)
Texas Terrors 1940 Guitarist (uncredited)
Give Us Wings 1940 Fish Fry Musical Trio Member (uncredited)
The Tulsa Kid 1940 Guitar Player (uncredited)
Saga of Death Valley 1939 Guitar Player (uncredited)



The Lawrence Welk Show 1964 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
Five Star Jubilee 1961 TV Series Himself
Ranch Party 1957 TV Series Himself - Singer
Jimmy Wakely's Jamboree 1954 Short Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1951 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 TV Series Himself - Singer

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Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee 1984 Video documentary Jimmy Wakely

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