John Stephen McSwain — known to his family and friends as “Steve” — was born back in March 1915 on a farm in the Central Valley town of Plainsburg, located pretty much in the heart of California. Steve would grow up, change his stage name to Dude Martin, and became a Western Music entrepreneur, performing with… Continue reading Dude Martin
This month’s pinup is another Gil Elvgren classic — “Something New,” featuring a lovely lass in a delightful cowgirl outfit.
Episode 5 of Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy, starring John Mack Flanagan: Have a question or comment about this episode? Get in touch with John Mack Flanagan!
John Mack Flanagan presents Episode 4 of Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy: Questions? Comments? Contact John Mack Flanagan!
Well, what are the odds? Our pinup for this month is a bubbly gal drawn by Jerry Thompson (a/k/a T.N. Thompson) that was part of the Shaw-Barton Calendar Company’s offering in 1955. The bonus? It just so happens that the dates on the November 1955 calendar correspond exactly to November 2016! IMAGE CREDIT: “Ready To Throw… Continue reading This Month’s Pinup Girl
The first episode of John Mack Flanagan’s Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy. Send a message to John Mack Flanagan:
If you’ve listened to Cowpoke Radio for any significant length of time — let’s say ten or fifteen minutes — then you’ve heard a song written by Claude “Curly” Putman. There’s Tammy Wynettes’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He wrote Dolly Parton’s breakthrough 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” and “My Elusive Dreams”… Continue reading Songwriting Legend Curly Putman (1930-2016)
The Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy is a loving salute to the men and women who created those one-hour movies so popular in the ’30s and ’40s. Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter … they’re all here with a focus on those long ago days. Your podcast podner, John Mack Flanagan — who was… Continue reading The Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy (Volume 1)
By definition, according to the first book I recall reading as a kid, I was (and, pretty much to this day, remain) a Town Boy. Cowboy Andy, title character of that very same book, was also a Town Boy. But he dreamed of being a real cowboy. Written by Edna Walker Chandler and illustrated by E.… Continue reading Cowboy Andy
A USGS map of the greater Banta area from a couple of years ago…