bob-wills-birthday-blog

Bob Wills, born March 6, 1905

Today is the birthday of Bob Wills, the man who did more to create and popularize the wonderfully piebald music known as western swing than any other figure. Not that there weren’t…
Steinbeck-book-blog

John Steinbeck, born February 27, 1902

It’s the birthday of my No. 1 writing hero John Steinbeck, who’ll be forever known as the author of one of America’s all-time greatest novels, THE GRAPES OF WRATH. (My personal…
sleepy-johnson-blog

Sleepy Johnson, born February 25, 1909

Today is the birthday of one of the pioneers of western-swing music, Clifton “Sleepy” Johnson, a very early member of the Fort Worth-based Light Crust Doughboys, the pioneering band that spawned…
Jesse-Ashlock-blog

Jesse Ashlock, born February 22, 1915

Born on February 22, 1915 , Jesse Ashlock was a fiddler, songwriter (“My Life’s Been A Pleasure,” “The Kind of Love I Can’t Forget”), and occasional vocalist, best known for his longtime…
Freaks-blog-cover

Freaks, premiered February 12, 1932

On this date in 1932, a feature film from the prestigious MGM Studios called FREAKS hit America’s theaters —  to MGM’s almost immediate regret. This tale of life and love in a…
garth-brooks-blog

Garth Brooks, born February 7, 1962

Happy birthday today to Garth Brooks, the top musical act of the 1990s and one of the most successful entertainers of all time. I was privileged to be the TULSA WORLD’s…