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Gene Evans
KPFM Portland, OR
KROS Clinton, IA
WMMN Fairmont, WV

Gene Evans, known as "The Lone Sky Buckaroo" wrote and told Mary Jean Shurtz in 1949 that he was pulling in good mail responses to his shows over KROS in Clinton, Iowa. He likened it to being back home in Montana when he walked down the streets.

In an early fall article in 1948, Gene had inked a songwriting contract with Peer. He was also plugging a tune he had co-written with Bill Boyd, "Sometimes I Wonder (Why I'm So Blue). A 1948 article by Walter Hudnall, listing various new songs published by the hillbilly artists and songwriters of the day indicated that Gene had written the lyrics with the melody done by Jesse M. Ellison, "You've Broken Too Many Dreams". The two of them got together with Cowboy Dallas Turner and turned out the tune, "Don't Forget to Remember Me." Both were said to be published by Peer International Corporation.

We've seen later mentions of co-writer credits on such tunes as "Toto, The Eskimo" (written with Charles Wright); "Walking the Streets" (written with Jimmy Fields, Jimmy Littlejohn). He also is shown as writer of "Smoke Signals"

Credits & Sources

  • National Hillbilly News; May-June 1948; Jenny and Orville W. Via, Publisher; Huntington, WV
  • National Hillbilly News; September-October 1948; Jenny and Orville W. Via, Publisher; Huntington, WV
  • National Hillbilly News; July-August 1949; Orville W. Via, Publisher; Huntington, WV
  • Hillbilly and Cowboy Hit Parade; No. 10; Spring 1955; Capitol Stories, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 41; November 1955; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 49; April 1957; Derby, CT

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