West Texas Spotlight – April 14, 2017


Across the street from the Municipal Auditorium where Elvis performed twice in 1955 – 111 East 4th Sweetwater, Texas
Rock-Ola Elvis Presley $10,000 Juke Box, Scotty Moore $10,000 vintage 1952 Gibson ES295 guitar. “West Texas was paramount to my success”… Elvis

Engraved plates for performers qualifying for the Honor Roll

J. Frank Wilson
J. Frank Wilson Lufkin/San Angelo

Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean: Plainview
Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison: Vernon/Wink
Tanya Tucker
Tanya Tucker: Seminole
Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings: Littlefield
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson: Abilene
Mac Davis
Mac Davis: Lubbock
Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys: Snyder/San Angelo
Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly: Lubbock
Ronnie Dunn
Ronnie Dunn: Coleman
Dixie Chicks
Natalie Maines: Lubbock
Dan Seals: McCamey
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks: Phoenix/El Paso
RIAA Certified – 50,000,000 sales award
Larry Gatlin
Larry Gatlin: Seminole/Abilene/Odessa
Fess Parker
Fess Parker: Ft. Worth/San Angelo
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds: El Paso
Ernest Tubb
Ernest Tubb: Crisp/San Angelo

Louise Massey
Louise Massey: Midland



West Texas Spotlight – February 23, 2016

The West Texas Music Hall of Fame’s
Top 10 Rockabilly Recordings of All Time:

  1. “Baby, Let’s Play House” Elvis, Scotty & Bill (1955)
  2. “Mystery Train” Elvis, Scotty & Bill (1955)
  3. “I Forgot To Remember To Forget” Elvis, Scotty & Bill (1955)
  4. “Oh Boy” Buddy Holly with Buddy Holly on lead guitar (1957)
  5. “Be-Bop-A- Lula” Gene Vincent with Cliff Gallup on lead guitar (1956)
  6. “Breathless” Jerry Lee Lewis with Billy Riley on Lead guitar (1958)
  7. “Rock Around The Clock” Bill Haley & the Comets with Danny Cedrone on lead guitar (1954)
  8. “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin On” Jerry Lee Lewis with Roland Janes on lead guitar (1957)
  9. “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone” Elvis, Scotty & Bill (1955)
  10. “Ooby Dooby” Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings with Roy Orbison on Lead guitar (1956)

Honorable Mention: “Mona Lisa” Carl Mann with Eddy Bush on lead guitar, “Peggy Sue” Buddy Holly & The Crickets, “Blue Suede Shoes” Carl Perkins with Carl Perkins on lead guitar, “That’s Alright” Elvis, Scotty & Bill, “Rock This Town” Stray Cats with Bryan Setzer on lead guitar.

Spotlight Photo – March 1, 2013

Prom Photo 1964

Ed Logan, hands folded and to the left of George Harrison, was a member of The Cavaliers in Memphis, Tennessee in 1960-61. The Cavaliers had worked their way from San Angelo to New Orleans and finally to Memphis in late 1959. After securing a 6 nights a week playing job at a Memphis Club this young sax player walks in one night wanting to play a couple numbers with the band. He told the band his biggest influence was Duane Eddy’s sax player. Sid Holmes then tested him by kicking off “40 Miles Of Bad Road” in which Ed quickly impressed the paying crowd and the band with his great sax playing. In order to keep Ed coming around Sid traded in his Fender Telecaster for an orange Duane Eddy Gretsch. During the time Ed Logan was with the band numerous Duane Eddy numbers were recorded at Fernwood Studios in Memphis basically for fun. Ed would later join the Bill Black Combo and when The Beatles toured America for the first time in 1964 they wanted Bill Black Combo to open for them. So, this is how Ed got in this photo with The Fab 4. Notice on their jackets BBC. Too bad Bill couldn’t be there as he had died earlier. Ed later joined The Memphis Horns. During his career he played on sessions with Elvis, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, B.J. Thomas, Al Green, Stephen Stills, Isaac Hayes to name a few.