The Phoenix Sound: A History of Twang and Rockabilly Music in Arizona

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In 1956, a fresh-faced Sanford Clark recorded "The Fool" with guitarist Al Casey at Floyd Ramsey's small Phoenix recording studio. Written by local deejay Lee Hazlewood, the song became a top-ten Billboard hit nationwide and launched a new trailblazing era of Arizona music. Their success paved the way for other Phoenix acts and producers to chart national hits. Grammy-winning audio engineer Jack Miller started out in Ramsey's studio, and Hazlewood produced rock hall of famer Duane Eddy's debut album, Have ‘Twangy' Guitar, Will Travel. These early artists pioneered a sound that inspired Arizona's best musicians from Waylon Jennings and Buck Owens to Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt. Join former radio and broadcast personality Jim West for the story and soundtrack to the early days of music in the Valley of the Sun.
ISBN: 9781467118989
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Arizona
Images: 50
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jim West began his nearly forty-year broadcasting career while in the air force and has held several positions nationwide, from on-the-air announcer to program and operations manager. Among other career highlights, West worked for the Academy of Country Music in L.A., and for singer Buck Owens at KNIX in Phoenix. He's won several ADDY awards for commercial copywriting, was a finalist for CMA's Large Market Air personality of the year and was the 2008 recipient of the Phoenix Music Award.
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