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Jimmy Wakely

Jimmy Wakely
Personal information
Birth nameJames Clarence Wakeley
BornFebruary 16, 1914, Mineola, Howard County, Arkansas, USA
DiedSeptember 23, 1982(age 68), Mission Hills, California, USA
Genrescountry music, Western movies
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active1939 - 1970s
LabelsDecca, Capitol, Coral, Dot
Associated actsRoy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy

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James Clarence Wakeley (February 16, 1914 - September 23, 1982), better known as Jimmy Wakely, was an American country-Western singer 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.

His duet singles with Margaret Whiting from 1949 - 51 produced a string of top seven hits, including 1949's number one hit on the US country and pop music charts, "Slippin' Around." Wakely owned two music publishing companies in later years and performed at the Grand Ole Opry until shortly before his death.

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