Archive for December, 2014

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 31 December 2014

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Diana Trask came to us originally from Melbourne, Australia, and she now lives in Georgia. She was 19 when hired in 1959 to tour Australia with the Frank Sinatra show. Two years later, she moved to the USA to be a regular on the NBC-TV series Sing Along With Mitch. “I could not believe the height of the buildings and the noise on Sixth Ave New York City,” she told me in an email exchange. “I was a real hayseed staring upwards and mouthing, ‘Wow, look at that!'” (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 17 December 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


As the biographer of Faron Young and Marty Robbins, I bring you these newsletters to connect classic country music fans around the world. Feel free to forward this email to your friends, and tell them to send me an email if they want to be added to the list. I welcome your comments and ideas. We especially remember Faron and Marty this past week, on the anniversary of their deaths. Marty has been gone 32 years, since December 8, and Faron 18 years, since December 10. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 3 December 2014

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Two formerly famous homes are for sale in Madison, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb. During the town’s heyday, according to the Tennessean, “seemingly everyone there knew someone performing on the Grand Ole Opry, and they lived in the neighborhood west of Gallatin Road in ranch homes on large, mostly unfenced lots.” The 12-acre expanse at 1020 Gibson Drive was the final home of Maybelle Carter. A farmhouse built in 1925, it was purchased by Carl Smith and his bride, June Carter, in the early 1950s. Carter family relatives visited and lived there until after Mother Maybelle’s death in 1978. Hank Snow‘s Rainbow Ranch at 314 Easy Marathonna is also for sale. (more…)