Jimmy Wakely

Born Feb 16, 1914

James Clarence Wakeley, better known as Jimmy Wakely, was an American Country-Western vocalist and actor, one of the last crooning cowpokes following World War II. During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, he released records, appeared in several B-Western movies with most of the major studios, appeared on radio and television and even had his own series of comic books.… Read More

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1914 Birth Born on February 16, 1914.
1920 6 Years Old James Clarence Wakeley was born in Howard County, Arkansas but his family moved to Rosedale, Oklahoma by 1920. … Read More


1935 21 Years Old Wakely married Dora Inez Miser on Friday the 13th, December 13, 1935. … Read More
1937 23 Years Old In 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma he formed The Bell Boys, a country Western singing group named after their Bell Clothing sponsor. … Read More
1939 25 Years Old In 1939, Wakely made his screen debut (with the Jimmy Wakely Trio) in a Roy Rogers Western, Saga of Death Valley. … Read More
1940 26 Years Old 1 More Event
During a tour through Oklahoma, Western movie star Gene Autry invited Wakely to come to California. Autry felt the group might be a good addition to his new Melody Ranch radio show which debuted on CBS in January 1940.
1941 27 Years Old He stayed for a couple of years, then left because of movie commitments and a recording contract with Decca Records that ran from 1941 - 1942 through 1947. … Read More
1942 28 Years Old Wakely made only one film with Autry, Heart of the Rio Grande, at Republic in 1942. … Read More


1944 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared in 28 Westerns at Monogram between 1944 and 1949.


1958 44 Years Old He also had one of the last live network radio programs at the NBC radio studios at the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, California in 1958. … Read More


1971 57 Years Old Wakely was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 1991. … Read More


1982 68 Years Old 1 More Event
After contracting emphysema, Wakely died of heart failure at Mission Hills, California on September 23, 1982. … Read More
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