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Elem. Sch., Mt. Baldy, Calif., 1947-51; Chaffey High School, Ontario, Calif., 1951-55; and Chaff ey Jr. College, Ontario, Calif., 1955-7. Entertainment experience: Har­mony Park Ballroom, Hometown Jamboree TV Show, Anaheim, Calif., 1956-8; KXLA, Pasadena, Calif., 1957-9; KTLA-TV and KCOP-TV, Hollywood, Calif., 1956-9; Lawrence Welk, ABC-TV, 1957; Showboat Hotel, Las Vegas, 1959; Wagonwheel, Lake Tahoe, Nev., 1959; and Dick Clark Show, ABC-TV, 1960. Vocalist for Cliffie Stone, 1956-59; and Billy Strange, 1959—. Sang on Verve and Capitol Records, 1957-60, and featured on Capitol Records in 1960. Most popular record was Hell Have To Stay. Address: 6308 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood 28, California. Black, William Patton, "Bill," b. 9/17/26, Memphis, Tenn.; w. Evelyn Steele; s. Louis Patton, 12; d. Nancy Lynn, 8. Attended Oakville School, Oakville, Tenn., and White­haven School, Whitehaven, Tenn. Previous work in air conditioning. Entertainment experience: KWKH La. Hayride, Shreveport, La., 1955-6; Milton Berle, NBC-TV; Steve Allen Show, NBC-TV; Ed Sullivan Show, CBS-TV, (3 times); Tommy Dorsey Show, CBS-TV, (6 times); and Frank Sinatra Show, ABC-TV, 1960. From 1959-60 leader of Bill Black Combo, after Elvis Presley was in­ducted into the Army. On Elvis Presley records for Sun and RCA Records. Songs recorded by Bill Black Combo: Smokie, I and II, Hi Records; White Silver Sands; The Wheel; and album called Smokie, 1959. Writer of: Smokie; Cyclone Bop; Crank Case; Before Dawn; Special Duty; The Wheel; and co-writer of Have Guitar Will Travel. Movies: Loving You, Paramount, 1957; Jail House Rock, MGM, 1957; and King Creole, Paramount, 1958. Address: 4188 Pikes Peak Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.
Blackwood, Doyle J., b. 8/22/11, Ackerman, Miss.; w. Lavez C. Hawkins; s. Terry Blackwood, 16; d. Karen Black­wood. Attended Chester High Sch., Chester, Miss., to 1932. Has appeared with Blackwood Brothers Quartet since 1934. Entertainment experience: WKOZ, Kosci­usko, Miss., 1935-6; WJDX, Jackson, Miss., 1936-8; KWKH, Shreveport, La., 1938-40; KMA, Shenandoah,