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Daniel Franckewitz was born to his Polish immigrant parents, Joseph and Marie Franckewitz in Baltimore, Maryland in 1924. Hillbilly music fans would come to know him by the stage name he took, Tex Daniels.
A 1949 Buddy Starcher newsletter provided a glimpse as to the makeup of the band back then. They were recording for the Colmar label at that time and had several releases.
As luck might have it, the News-Democrat newspaper in Georgetown, Ohio published an interview with Mr. Daniels in July of 2013. That article relates that he started taking accordion lessons at the age of 12 and by the time he was 14, he was playing 'professionally' at Polish weddings, in taverns and at dances. The article also indicates he was playing the saxophone while he attended St. Patrick's Parochial School and City College. A magazine article indicates he started playing a toy accordion one Christmas morning that was actually a gift to his brother Ray. He took to it so well, his parents got him a real accordion.
Tex began his country music journey over WSID in 1947 with the Lazy H Ranch Boys.
Tex Daniels and His Lazy H Ranch Boys, including his wife, Fran, were entertaining country music fans over WAAM, a television station in Balitmore (channel 13). Their show was seen daily from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. According to a July 2013 interview, that show went on the air in 1949 and lasted until 1956 and was one of the top-rated television shows in Baltimore. The shows were not taped - they were done 'live'.
The group had a radio show that aired Monday through Saturday, from 4:30pm to 5:00pm over WMBD in Baltimore.
One of their sponsors included the Globe Brewery, makers of Arrow 77 Beer.
Tex was married to the former Frances Kessinger from 1952 to 1970. They had two sons, Joseph and James.
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