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Cowboy Jack Derrick
Born:  May 11, 1921
Died:  April 20, 1990
KNUZ Houston Home Town Jamboree
KNUZ Houston, TX
KRCT Baytown, TX

About The Artist

Back in 1955, Cowboy Jack Derrick was working at KNUZ in Houston, Texas. He hosted a show called the "KNUZ Corral" each day from 11:00am to 1:25pm, Monday through Saturday.

On Saturday night, he would sing and do comedy as well as part of the KNUZ Saturday Night Jamboree. To finish off his weekends of personal appearances, he performed at the Magnolia Gardens on Sundays where they did outdoor shows.

In late 1954, Biff Collie and Jack wrote Martha Ferguson of Pickin' and Singin' News that they had a 'homecoming' type of show lined up for their Christmas Jamboree show over KNUZ. Texas Bill Strength and Arlie Duff were to make appearances.

In May of 1955, we note that Jack wrote a letter of encouragement to the new publication, Country & Western Jamboree to help disc jockeys like himself keep up on the news.

In the summer of 1955, Jack wrote one of those regional roundup columns and gave us some insight into the KNUZ Saturday Night Jamboree show. It was held at the City AUditorium and broadcast every Saturday night from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. At that time, he told readers some of the members of their cast were LInk Davis, Sonny Burns, Floyd Tillman, and, Burt and Charley. The show would also include guest appearances by other acts who were probably making appearances in the area and included such names as Red Foley, Tex Ritter, Eddie Dean, T. Texas Tyler, Tommy Collins and Jimmie Davis.

He also told readers of another Jamboree show that he had learned about when he visited with the show's organizer, Hank Jones over in Hammond, Louisiana. That show, The Southeastern Jamboree was held on Saturday nights at the Reimers Auditorium in Hammond.

A 1955 article mentions he and his wife had two children. A son was named Autry, after the legendary cowboy Gene Autry and Dale, named for Dale Evans.

Credits & Sources

  • The Hillbilly Reasearcher Team of Tricker, Turner and Sax provided portions of the discography listing.
  • Pickin' and Singin' News; Vol. II No. 22; December 15, 1954; Fountain Publications, Inc.; Nashville, TN
  • Country & Western Jamboree; May 1955; Country & Western Jamboree, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country & Western Jamboree; July 1955; Country & Western Jamboree, Inc.; Chicago, IL
  • Country Song Roundup; No. 41; November 1955; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6100 A Trust Me Darling
  6100 B Fond Affections
  6101 A Trust Me Darling
  6101 B Rover Is My Name
De Luxe
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5063 A I Want A Woman (That Can Cook)
  5063 B Alone With A Memory Of You
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5053 A I'm Ashamed Of You
  5053 B Got Worried Blues In My Mind
  5063 A Alone With A Memory Of You
  5063 B I Want A Woman (That Can Cook)
Eagle Records
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  307 A Freight Train Blues
  307 B Just A World Apart
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  10008 A Can't It Be You
  10008 B Blue Memory
  10017 A Daddy's Little Blue Eyed Boy
  10017 B You Had Your Way
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  579 A A Mother's Prayer
  579 B I Want To Be Loved (By Someone)
  633 A Triflin' Baby
  633 B Truck Drivin' Man
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  501 A Black Mail
  501 B Waiting For You
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  205 A Rainbow Of Love
  205 B Waitin' And Watchin'