Along the way, we'll find artists who cause some discussion back and
forth or even some debate. No, not about their music, but about the
details of their career. We've already seen some discussion on this
fellow in an exchange of emails. But, somehow we stumbled across an
issue of Cowboy Songs from December 1957 that had a column written by
Imogene Ellwanger who provides some tidbits. And a few other mentions elsewhere, too.
Black Jack Wayne was a native of Oklahoma who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area
when he was 14. He started guitar playing as a hobby but later on down the road,
it became part of his career. He had an injury of some type and came
back to the Bay Area and decided to join his brother's band, the "Rattlesnake
In mid-1956, he had three daily shows over the all-western radio station
KVSM out of San Mateo, California. And a one hour show over television
station KOVR with the "Bar 10 Ranch Boys". Black Jack and the Bar-10 Ranch Boys
had several recordings they say on the Cavalier label. Back then their latest
release was "A Dream Just Won't Do" along wiht "Nip or Two".
The "Garden of Allah" located in Niles, California became a big spot
for country stars to appear at and was owned by none other than Black
Jack Wayne and his little brother, Chuck Wayne. Imogene wrote that they
always had a good crowd show up when the doors opened. Don't reckon there
really is a city called "Niles" but it appears to be a district just east of
Hayward/Fremont, CA, which ties into to some other notes we've found about Black Jack Wayne.
Later on in her column, Ms. Ellwanger mentions that KOVR, Channel 13 in Stockton,
had two Western music shows on the air. One show had Glenn Stepp and his band. The other
had Black Jack Wayne and his "Bar 11 Ranch Boys". Black Jack had also started a live radio
show from the Garden of Allah nightclub he owned that was broadcast over KEEN every
Saturday night. She also wrote that there was a possibility that the "California Hayride"
might start a show originating from the Garden of Allah every Friday night over
Channel 13 in Stockton.
In 1957, per a column in Cowboy Songs by Imogene Chapman, we find that
Black Jack had his own record label - Black Jack. ANd around that time,
had put out his first recording, "Time Stole My Empire" b/w "Shallow Water".
Tom Hall and Terry Fell helped on the record with their guitar and harmonica.
At the time, they mentioned that you could order the record from Black Jack
in care of radio station KVSM in San Mateo, California. No coincidence that Ms.
Chapman might mention Black Jack, for in the same issue featuring "Stars on the
Horizon", she is listed as the president of his 'fast-growing' and 'real-active'
Later on, we found a mention on Channel 2, KTVU, now of the Fox Network, on the Bayinsider.com...
"Not all of KTVU's local programming was noteworthy or long-lasting. There
was The Black Jack Wayne Show, a western variety show..."
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs, Dec 1957; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.;
- Cowboy Songs, Apr 1957, American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.
- Country Song Roundup No. 43; April 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.;