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Doc Bartley
and His Country All Stars

Linda Flanagan arrived on the country music scene as a 13 yeqar old young singer, performing over KFSA in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, doing both radio and television work. She started singing when she was only three years old. A 1956 article gushed over her polished voice and her ability to learn and genial attitude with others.

Her popularity spread around the region and she made appearances on other shows such as the Big Red Jamboree that aired over Channel 8 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The author of the 1956 article wrote that she "...completely stole the show" with her appearance.

Linda also won a local radio station talent contest, that earned her a 21-jewel watch. She was also a featured act for the famed Ark-Okla Rodeo held in Ft. Smith.

She showed some songwriting talent, sharing co-writing credit with KWKH Louisiana Hayride star, Jimmie Helms on a couple of tunes then, "Puppy Love" and "Squeeze Me and Hold Me".

Credits and Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 45; March 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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