Member Monday February 2017


Join us on our social media channels every Monday as we explore the life and careers of the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. #MemberMonday


          


​Here is Hank Snow in the early 1950s, on his horse Shawnee, at his Rainbow Ranch home in Madison, Tennessee, near Nashville.

“Squid Jiggin’ Ground” became one of Hank Snow’s biggest selling singles in his Canadian homeland. This 1957 release describes the life of the fishermen that Hank worked with as a youngster.​

In 1955, a young Elvis Presley was one of many acts opening shows for Hank Snow.​

 

 

Hank Snow’s recording of “I’m Moving On” remained at the top of the Billboard country singles chart for twenty-one weeks in 1950.

 


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Paul Cohen and Webb Pierce, one of Decca’s most successful artists of the 1950s, with thirteen #1 hits throughout the decade. 

​Long-time Decca Records executive Paul Cohen with Ernest Tubb, a Decca recording artist and one of country music’s major stars in the 1940s.

​Paul Cohen launched his own company, Todd Records in 1958. The label scored a huge pop and R&B hit in 1962, with Joe Henderson’s “Snap Your Fingers,” with Cohen producing the recording.

​Paul Cohen guided the recording careers of Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Bobby Helms, Red Foley, and many more during his tenure at Decca Records.

 


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“Slow Poke” was a #1 country hit for Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys with Redd Stewart in 1951. The song was written by King and Chilton Price who was also co-writer of “You Belong to Me.”​

​“See the pyramids along the Nile” are the opening lyrics to the song “You Belong to Me,” written by Chilton Price, Pee Wee King, and Redd Stewart. The song became a pop standard and has been recorded by a wide range of artists including Tori Amos, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The song was a major hit for Jo Stafford in 1952.

​Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys were one of country music’s first “large” bands.

 

 

Sing along with Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart to “Tennessee Waltz.” King and Stewart penned the song in 1946 that has now been recorded by more than 300 artists and in 1965 became one of the official state songs for the state of Tennessee.

Pee Wee King was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974.​

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J.L. Frank helped promote the early careers of Eddy Arnold, Cowboy Copas, Granpa Jones, Pee Wee King, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and many more. Frank died in 1952 at the age of 52, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.​

J.L. Frank helped Pee Wee King and his band land their first movie role in the 1938 Gene Autry Film Gold Mine In The Sky, billed as J.L. Frank’s Golden West Cowboys.​

CMHOF Member J.L. Frank guided the early career of Gene Autry helping him become one of America’s most beloved silver screen cowboys.​

​This 1937 photo from the Nashville Banner shows J.L. Frank and the Golden West Cowboys enjoying Seven Up, the band’s sponsor for their radio show on WSM.

In 1941, J.L. Frank organized the Camel Caravan tour featuring Pee Wee King and the Golden West Cowboys along with Minnie Pearl.​