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One of the last singing cowboys in the movies, Jimmy Wakely, who was mentored at one time by Gene Autry, managed a pretty decent country and pop crossover career as a recording artist after the movie work dried up, becoming known as the Bing Crosby (there was even a slight resemblance) of country music and charting hits like "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" and a version of Floyd Tillman's "I Love You So Much It Hurts" on his own and a series of striking hit duets with the effervescent Margaret Whiting, including "Slippin' Around" and "When You and I Were Young, Maggie." All of these hits and more are included in this generous 28-track survey of Wakely's key recordings.


Born: 16 February 1914 in Mineola, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Jimmy Wakely was one of the last vocalists to make it in movies as a singing cowboy or transform a movie contract into a successful recording career. A protégé and discovery of Gene Autry, he was never remotely as successful as Autry in movies, nor did his record sales approach those of his mentor, but Wakely was successful as a crossover act, his voice and repertoire attractive enough to find favor with pop as well as country & western audiences. James Clarence Wakely was born in Arkansas on February...
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