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They say Jack Hunt was only seven years old when he first found himself entertaining his home town area folks near Point Cedar in Hot Springs County Arkansas by singing and 'plucking' the guitar as they wrote it back then.
He came from a rural family - his dad was not only a farmer, but a teacher. His mom was a preacher. But they both encouraged and nurtured his musical interests. And somewhere in there, he began to like entertaining the folks.
So much so, that he was only fourteen years old when he went out on his own. They said he went from the stages of Arkansas, to sharing the stage with Bess Truman (the daughter of President Harry Truman) at the Starlight Roof at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The appearance in New York City was through his sponsor at the Pillsbury Grand National Bake-Off.
In January 1949, Jack was able to organize his own band, the Rhythm Ranch Hands. He found a sponsor in the Pillsbury Mills company and began doing broadcasts over various radio stations in Arkansas. In just two years, Jack and his group were working out of radio station KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas and also had a full time writer and producer for their show. In an 1949 article by Arlie Kinkade, he noted that Charles Chuck Secrest of the Sunset Rhythm Boys made a fall trip through Texas and Arkansas and appeared on Jack's show over KTHS in Hot Springs.
In December 1951, Jack was signed to a recording contract by the Capitol Records label. Their first release was a Pee Wee King number, "Postage Due" along with "All I Do Is Sit And Cry", which Jack wrote himself.
They mentioned he was married to Dottee and had two sons, Ray and Dale.
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