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T.V. Slim

Oscar “Television Slim” Wills’s hilarious story of the sad sack named “Smooth Feet Sam” briefly produced him a bankable name in 1957. Sam’s ongoing saga lasted much longer than Slim’s minute or two in the limelight, but that didn’t quit him from documenting through the entire 1960s. Affected by DeFord …

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Willmer Broadnax

This bespectacled, dynamic lead tenor caused various groups in Southern California before gaining a wider audience when he joined the Nature of Memphis in 1950. Detailed variously during his profession as Willmer, Wilmer, Wilbur, and Willie “Small Ax” Broadnax, the “buzzing tenor” led the Southern Gospel Performers, the Golden Echoes, …

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Lydia Mendoza

Dubbed “La Alondra de la Frontera,” singer Lydia Mendoza was an early on legend of Tejano music. Created Might 21, 1916, in Houston, TX, she was the merchandise of the musical family members; she performed with her parents and sister Francisca in an organization, La Familia Mendoza, which discovered success …

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