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Here's a little history about Jimmie Longsdon from the Courier-Journal newspaper of Monday, October 8, 2001:
He was born on April 1, 1922 in Panther, KY. The son of a Methodist minister, he began singing in his father's church choir at the age of 12 and first played clarinet at school before changing to guitar. Between 1944 and 1946, he served in the Air Force and on release opened a record shop in LaGrange, KY. By 1948 he was performing locally and received a break in 1950, when he won his own 15-minute country radio show, first on WLOU but later on WINN Louisville. In October 1952, Decca Records heard him singing on his own show and signed him to the label. He was also helped by his friendship with Hank Williams, by whom he was greatly influenced. At times his style was very similar and with whom he toured in 1952. In January 1953, his double-sided tribute release "The Death of Hank Williams" and "Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More," gained him considerable acclaim, although it failed to make the national country charts. Jimmy also had one of his songs "I've Got a Rocket in My Pocket" used in the soundtrack of the movies, "The Right Stuff" and "The Iron Giant" Soon afterwards together with his band, the Golden Harvest Boys, he began his live Country & Western Show on WHAS-TV, Louisville, with his sister Martha Jean called the Bargain Ranch, as well as maintaining a country radio show on WKLO. After three further Decca singles, he also recorded singles for Dot and Starday and two more rockabilly-type numbers as Jimmy Lloyd for the Roulette Label. In the early 60's he appeared on major NBC and CBS radio shows, the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry, Logsdon was chosen to replace Wayne Raney as the presenter on WCKY, Cincinnati night-time country music show and that same year, he recorded an album for the King label. In the late 60's. he presented major shows on WTVF-Mobile and WCLU-Louisville. He remained fairly active as a performer and as a radio presenter on various stations until around 1976 he took up a post with the Kentucky Labor Dept. During his career some of the songs which he wrote were recorded by other artists including: Johny Horton, Carl Perkins, Woody Herman, who recorded Logsdon's "No True Love."

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