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Tommy Vaughn
and the Wonder Valley Boys
Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame (1992)
Michigan Barn Dance
WKNX Saginaw, MI

Tommy Vaughn and the Wonder Valley Boys were a popular act in the Michigan area back in the middle 1950s. The band first got together around 1955. They were said to have developed a unique style that led to their earning a reputation as one of Michigan's "...finest show and dance bands."

Tommy was also a songwriter. At the time, they were hoping to land a recording contract. A 1956 "Checkin' The Records" column notes that Tommy had released a tune for the Cactus record label.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members:

  • Tommy Vaughn, vocals
  • Terry Bethel, steel guitar
  • Chuck Rich, steel guitar
  • Jude Cook, take-off guitar
  • Bill Simerson, bass
  • George Howey, rhythm guitar
  • Russell Waters, drums

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs; No. 49; December 1956; American Folk Publications; Derby, CT
  • Country & Western Jamboree; March 1956; Maher Publications; Chicago, IL

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