Back in 1955, Cowboy Jack Derrick was working at KNUZ in Houston, Texas.
He hosted a show called the "KNUZ Corral" each day from 11:00am to 1:25pm,
Monday through Saturday.
On Saturday night, he would sing and do comedy as well as part of the KNUZ Saturday Night Jamboree.
To finish off his weekends of personal appearances, he performed at the Magnolia Gardens on Sundays
where they did outdoor shows.
In late 1954, Biff Collie and Jack wrote Martha Ferguson of Pickin' and Singin' News
that they had a 'homecoming' type of show lined up for their Christmas Jamboree show
over KNUZ. Texas Bill Strength and Arlie Duff were to make appearances.
In May of 1955, we note that Jack wrote a letter of encouragement to the new
publication, Country & Western Jamboree to help disc jockeys like himself
keep up on the news.
In the summer of 1955, Jack wrote one of those regional roundup columns and
gave us some insight into the KNUZ Saturday Night Jamboree show. It
was held at the City AUditorium and broadcast every Saturday night
from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. At that time, he told readers some of the members
of their cast were LInk Davis, Sonny Burns, Floyd Tillman, and, Burt and Charley.
The show would also include guest appearances by other acts who were probably
making appearances in the area and included such names as Red Foley, Tex Ritter,
Eddie Dean, T. Texas Tyler, Tommy Collins and Jimmie Davis.
He also told readers of another Jamboree show that he had learned about
when he visited with the show's organizer, Hank Jones over in
Hammond, Louisiana. That show, The Southeastern Jamboree was held
on Saturday nights at the Reimers Auditorium in Hammond.
A 1955 article mentions he and his wife had two children. A son was named Autry, after
the legendary cowboy Gene Autry and Dale, named for Dale Evans.
Credits & Sources
- The Hillbilly
Reasearcher Team of Tricker, Turner and Sax provided portions of
the discography listing.
- Pickin' and Singin' News; Vol. II No. 22;
December 15, 1954; Fountain Publications, Inc.; Nashville, TN
- Country & Western Jamboree; May 1955; Country & Western Jamboree, Inc.;
- Country & Western Jamboree; July 1955; Country & Western Jamboree, Inc.;
- Country Song Roundup; No. 41; November 1955; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT