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Hitmakers from the Ozarks – Si Siman & Wayne Carson

2024-06-08 14:00:00 2024-06-08 15:00:00 America/Chicago Hitmakers from the Ozarks – Si Siman & Wayne Carson Author Kitty Ledbetter will discuss her latest book, "Broadcasting the Ozarks: Si Siman and Country Music at the Crossroads." Fayetteville Public Library - Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

Saturday, June 08
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-06-08 14:00:00 2024-06-08 15:00:00 America/Chicago Hitmakers from the Ozarks – Si Siman & Wayne Carson Author Kitty Ledbetter will discuss her latest book, "Broadcasting the Ozarks: Si Siman and Country Music at the Crossroads." Fayetteville Public Library - Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

Fayetteville Public Library

Meeting: The Willard & Pat Walker Community Room

Author Kitty Ledbetter will discuss her latest book, "Broadcasting the Ozarks: Si Siman and Country Music at the Crossroads."

Author Kitty Ledbetter will discuss her latest book, "Broadcasting the Ozarks: Si Siman and Country Music at the Crossroads."

Hit songwriter Wayne Carson was only eight years old when he claimed Springfield, Missouri music publisher and television producer Si Siman as his manager. When Carson was 14 he bought a $30 guitar and started playing it on the back porch after school. Soon he was playing cover songs and club dates. He decided that, instead of doing other people’s songs, he would write his own.

Carson’s parents were performers Odie and Olivia Head, better known during the 1940s as Shorty and Sue Thompson on KWTO radio in Springfield, Missouri where Siman worked in promotions and eventually produced the first live continuous network country music television show, ABC’s Ozark Jubilee.

Carson’s father asked Siman to help with his son’s career. Siman officially started working with him as a songwriter in the early 1960s. Their first break came with Carson’s #1 RCA single for Eddy Arnold in 1966, “Somebody Like Me.” A few months later Carson’s career took a decidedly upward turn when his song “The Letter” was recorded by the Box Tops and became an international hit in 1967. The partnership continued on its succesful drive throughout the 1970s with hits by Gary Stewart such as “Drinkin’ Thing,” “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles),” “Whiskey Trip,” and “Out of Hand,” followed by Conway Twitty’s “I See the Want To in Your Eyes.” But the best was yet to come when Willie Nelson recorded Carson’s “Always on My Mind” in 1982.

Kitty Ledbetter is professor emerita of English at Texas State University. She formerly served as editor of the Journal of Texas Music History. Before entering academia, she was a country music disc jockey at radio stations in Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

Book sales and signing to follow the event. 

AGE GROUP: | Adult |

EVENT TYPE: | Author Talks & Lectures |

TAGS: | Ozarks | Ozark Music | livestream | Lectures | Authors | Author Talk |

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