Portland, OR. Country rock: JOHNNY SKILES (1958-59)

From Monroe, La, JOHNNY SKILES enlisted in WWII at the age of 17. After the war, he moved from Beaumont, Texas to New Orleans, constantly writing songs and playing his guitar. His brother-in-law (from Monroe) was Jack Hammons, who co-wrote with him and recorded « Mr....

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« Music To My Ears »: SPECK & DOYLE (1951-1959)

It took only one song to put Speck and Doyle into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame : « Music to my ear » was released on their own Syrup Bucket label in 1959, and the song still remains today one of the best examples of rockabilly music ever recorded. Brother Watson,...

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The Khoury’s label: a Cajun concern (1949-1956)

The Beginning The story of Khoury’s Recordings starts in 1949 with a man named John Harvey "Virgel" Bozman. He was a rustic singer/guitarist and part-time comedian who sometimes billed himself, with tongue-in-cheek, as "The Arkansas Sinatra". He and his brother,...

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