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(b Feb 16 1914, died Sept. 23 1982).

Seminal country western hitmaker of the 1940’s who was signed first to Decca, and later joined Capitol. Wakely also had a national radio show that ran until the 1960’s on CBS. His early hits on Decca included ‘Too Late’, ‘Cimmaron’, ‘Cattle Call’, and the WWII patriotic song ‘There’s A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere’. While with Capitol he also crossed over onto the Pop charts and recorded seven duets with Margaret Whiting including ‘Slippin’ Around’ which was a no. 1 country hit in 1949. One of his last albums was on his own Shasta label “Jimmy Wakely Country ‘75”.

Edited by dvoodoo on 19 Mar 2008, 19:46

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