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Jim Minor Country & Western / Bio

Jim Minor was born in De Valls Bluff, ARK. Jim learned to sing and play at a very early age. He won the Arkansas Livestock show talent contest when he was just a young teenager and won to play with Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper at radio station KLCN in Blytheville,Ar. Jim Minor recorded country music from 1955-1965 for 4 different labels with 2 labels being major labels Mercury Records and United Artists Records. He was the first country and western artist to be on the UA label in 1960. Jim made a guest appearance on the Sat. night Grand Ole Opry show on Sept. 30th, 1961 with Ernest Tubb and Billy Grammer. Jim and Bob Cloud were owners of Colt "45" records of Flint, Michigan 1959. This was a country and western label and the artist on the label were: Connie Dycus, Donna Chrysler/Donah Hyland, Eddie and Don and Paul and Larry. The duo published Narvel Felts (1957-58), Jimmy Edwards (Love Bug Crawl) and Connie Dycus (Rock-a-bye-Baby Rock) all rockabilly. Jim recorded for the Western Chuck Wagon Record label of Flint, Mi in 1955 and Mercury, United Artists in 1960 and Sound, Inc. record label of Detroit in 1965. In 1953 Evansville, Ind. got its first TV station WFIE Channel 62. Jim played in a local band called The Ranch Hands. The TV station hired this band for a live 30 minute hillbilly show titled: Jimmy Minor and the Diamond K Ranch Hands. They made 26 episodes of this show. At the same time he had another tv show over in Princeton, Ind. on Channel wray 52 called THE BIG E JAMBOREE. In 1957 Jim and Bob took Jim Bullington to Nashville and signs him with Mercury records and they change his name to Jimmy Edwards and they redo the Love Bug Crawl and it became an instant hit. Jim Minor and Edwards were then whisked out on tour in Jan. 1958 with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Everly Bros, Eddie Cochran and many more on Irvin Felds greatest teenage stars tour.

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Band Members
Jim MInor-Lead Vocals/guitar, Chet Atkins-lead guitar, Junior Huskey/Bob Moore- bass, Floyd Cramer-Piano, The Jordanaires-background vocals, Murrey Harman-drums
Artist Name
Jim Minor Country & Western
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De Valls Bluff, AR
Todd Minor