Archive for April, 2012

Eulogy for Mildred Diekman

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Eulogy for Mildred Diekman
By her daughter
CAPT Diane Diekman, USN (ret)
25 April 2012

 When Mildred Hanson received her Navy discharge and came home to the Hidewood Valley after World War II, she met a bachelor who had moved to the farm next door. John Diekman had been in the Army during the war. Mildred married him on Valentine’s Day 1947 and moved to the farm one-half mile east, where she spent the rest of her life. The number one song on the radio at the time was Ernest Tubb’s “Rainbow at Midnight,” and it became their song. (more…)

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 25 April 2012

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Marty’s last MCA session took place  April 24, 1975. He recorded cuts for an album titledTen Sides of Marty, It was never released. Marty thought MCA focused on “four top artists that didn’t need their help: Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, and Elton John.” He said MCA “forgot they might have had forty other artists on that label that weren’t doing a thing–and I was one of them.” Disagreement over a western album also soured his relationship with MCA. He said. “I wanted to leave them, and they wanted me to leave.” (more…)

Faron Young and Marty Robbins newsletter — 18 April 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville hosted my book release party for Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins on Saturday, March 31. Included in the crowd were 16 people who were in Marty’s life and in the book, Marty’s children, Janet and Ronny, were there. Band members present were Joe Babcock, Jim Glaser, Jeff Chandler, Earl White, Larry Hunt, and Buddy Rogers, Country Music Hall of Fame members Bobby Braddock (also a band member) and Harold Bradley were there. Others included Okie Jones, Carol Smith, Sandy Daens, Diane Jordan, Robert Gardiner, and Steve DelVecchio. The show ended with Joe Babcock and Jim Glaser harmonizing with Ronny on “El Paso.” Joe says it’s the first time he and Jim have sung together in fifty years. (more…)