A weekly column syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers
Bob Bowman &
Archie P. McDonald, PhD
and Blair by Bob Bowman 12-30-08
Two Shelby County, Texas, communities might have passed into history
without as much as a footnote if a singing cowboy had not popularized
a marching and dice playing chant by East Texas soldiers.
first Elvis impersonator by Bob Bowman 3-10-08
Former radio personality Norman Johnson of Nacogdoches holds a
unique place in East Texas history: He was the first known Elvis
Late" by Archie P. McDonald 2-3-08
"Just on the southside of the crossings sat a beer joint
named "Neva's," and there, my father said, was where Lefty Frizzell
sang about a girl who was "always late" with her kisses."
music by Bob Bowman 1-2-08
Few things have left as much impact on East Texas history as gospel
Night Irene by Archie P. McDonald 10-1-07
Since Shreveport and Caddo Parish were once members of the old
East Texas Chamber of Commerce, it is appropriate for the East
Texas Historical Association to consider Huddie Leadbetter, better
known as Leadbelly, as part of our past—especially since at least
one of his prison sentences was served in this region.
of a cotton gin by Bob Bowman 8-13-07
Dozens of old cotton gins dot the landscape of East Texas, the
last relics from the days when cotton was a major cash crop for
farmers. And most of them are slowly rotting away without historical
markers to remind people of how important they were to communities
decades ago. But that isn’t the case at Point...
Texas Theater by Bob Bowman 2-4-07
While visiting Palestine a few months back, I learned that the
Texas Theater, one of the grand old movie houses of East Texas,
has been restored and is now a setting for community stage productions.
The Texas is not only a landmark for Palestine, but for me.
Tonk Man by Archie P. McDonald 3-27-06
Boll Weevil by Archie P. McDonald 1-1-06
"Tex Ritter sang this lament decades ago.."
Boogie Woogie Began by Bob Bowman 12-5-05
In 1939, African American historian E. Simms Campbell wrote, “Boogie
Woogie piano playing originated in the lumber and turpentine camps
of Texas and in the sporting houses of that state.”
Quebe Sisters by Bob Bowman 11-27-05
"If Bob Wills were around today, the chances are good that
he would be delighted with three teenage sisters from Burleson.
Listening to the Quebe Sisters play the western swing music pioneered
by Wills in the 1930s and l940s, you realize they are special
musicians who love what they’re doing..."
Light Crust Doughboys are on the air! by Archie P. McDonald
at Sacul by Bob Bowman 10-4-05
"...On the fourth Saturday night of each month, amateur
pickers and singers travel to Sacul -- a Nacogdoches County town
that almost became a ghost town -- in search of appreciative audiences..."
East Texan by Bob Bowman 7-24-05
Dooley Wilson, the piano player who sang As Time Goes By in Casablanca
the Biscuits, Pappy by Bob Bowman 6-1-05
His Texas homilies, radio broadcasts, hillbilly music and affinity
for rural Texas propelled him into the governor’s office for two
Old Fiddler by Bob Bowman 11/1/04
Way back in the l930s, Henderson County storekeeper John Hatton
leaped from obscurity into statewide prominence when Athens started
its annual Old Fiddlers Reunion.
Light Crust Doughboys are on the air!" by Archie P. McDonald,
The most famous, and most successful, western swing group in Texas
in the 1930s 1/29/04
s Cafe and Music Hall by Bob Bowman 8/03
Big Bopper by Archie P. McDonald 6/29/02
Texas Song Writer Ted Daffan by Bob Bowman 2/16/02
Statue for Lightnin' by Bob Bowman 1/18/02
Celebrities by Bob Bowman, 10/7/01
a Gospel Classic by Bob Bowman, 9/9/01
Lemon by Bob Bowman, 3/25/01
Timpson, Bobo, and Blair by Archie P. McDonald, 1/21/01
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