Jimmie Lee Durden had a different way of entering the hillbilly
music scene than most people. He was only sixteen years old when
we found our mention of him. A few years prior to that, he had
suffered a serious heart attack that confined him to home for quite
some time. To help him pass the time, he learned to play the steel guitar.
By 1953, he had his own band that was called the Drifters and were doing
a show every Saturday over KRCT in Baytown, Texas.
Their popularity was such that they had even recorded a few tunes.
Some of the tunes included, "I won't Cry No More", "If you Didn't, Don't, 'Cause
It Ain't", "Should I Go Or Should I Shouldn't" and "Time To Go", which
Pa Durden wrote.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included:
- Jimmie Lee Durden, steel guitar
- Myra La Verne Durden, sister, rhythm guitar, vocals
- Dickie Blevins, guitar, vocals
- Travis Henderson, bass
- "Pa" Durden, emcee
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 39 (February 1955); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.
- Portions of Discography Listing courtesy of Hillbilly
Reasearcher Team; Tricker, Turner and Sax