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Love; The Old Home Town. Co-writer of: Someone You Have Forgotten; Crying My Heart Out over You; Building on Sand; I Won't Be Hanging Around; Shuck-in' the Corn; etc. Honors and Awards: Best instru­mental group, 1955, 6, 7, and 8, Country and Western Music Jamboree Poll; Esquire Magazine Story, Oct., 1959. Address: WSM Radio, Nashville, Tennessee.
Fleming, John Morris "Sonny." b. 11/5/18, Paducah, Ky.; w. Mary Edd Harris; s. Michael, 20; d. Sandra, 18; Carol, 13; and Pamela, 4. Attended McKinley School, Paducah, Ky., 1924-30; Franklin Jr. High Schl., Padu­cah, 1930-3; and Augusta Tilghman High Schl., 1933-7. Entertainment experience: Yellow Jackets Band, Pa­ducah, Ky., 1936-9; Cal Noland's Texans, Houston, Texas and Jackson, Miss., 1939-41; Crustene Ranch Gang, Houston, Texas, 1941-4; Captain Stubby and Buccaneers, Cincinnati, Ohio; New York City, N. Y.; and WLS, Chi­cago, 111., 1944—. Most popular song recorded was Be­yond the Sunset, Decca Records. Co-writer of Good­bye, 1948. Participated in recording 60 songs for Ma­jestic and Decca Records. Movie: Musical Shipmates, Warner Brothers, 1945. Plans to remain in TV and to do religious work. Address: WBKB-TV, 190 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Florida Boys Quartet; organized Oct. 1947 by J. G. Whit­field. Members: Les Beasley, 2nd tenor and manager; Coy Cook, 1st tenor; Glen Allred, baritone; Derrell Stewart, Pianist. Entertainment experience: WCOA, Pensacola, Fla., 1947-54; WPFA-TV, Pensacola; WEAR-TV, 1953—; WTVY-TV, Dothan, Ala., 1956—; KWKH La. Hayride, Shreveport, La.; Tour U. S. giving Gospel Concerts. Most popular song was There's a Leak in this Old Building. Songs introduced by Fla. Boys which became hits: There's a Leak in this Old Building; Every Hour and Every Day; River of Jordan; In the Sweet Forever; I'll Meet You By the River. Songs written by Les Beasley: The Taller Your Shadow Will Be, 1959; Too Late; Mother's Bible; Lead Me to the Altar. Ad­dress: 2629 West Cervantes Street, Pensacola, Florida.
Foley, Betty Cummins, b. 2/3/33, Chicago, 111.; h. Bentley Cummins; d. Charlotte Jean, 9; s. Clyde Foley, 1%. At-