Bill Bramlet was a star in Texas in the 1950s, at one time known as "Kernel
Wheat" of Bewley's Chuck-Wagon Gang.
Back then, he was doing two daily radio shows - one aired over WBAP out
of Fort Worth, Texas and the other was over KCLE in Cleburne, Texas. In addition
to his radio work, he did a Saturday night television show for WBAP-TV.
An article we found in 1953 relates a bit of his vocal stylings, "...really
puts his heart and soul into his songs, while his yodel speaks of the
distant hills and a star-spangled Western sky."
He wrote a couple of 'new' songs back then with Diane Johnston - "Ain't You
Ashamed Of Yourself" and "You Can't Plant Roses In a Broken Heart". Some of
you may recognize Diane Johnston for her song writing collaboration with
Gene Autry on "Can't Shake The Sands of Texas From My Shoes" which Gene sang
in the movie "Sons of New Mexico".
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 24; June 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.;