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ROCK-A-BILLY MUSICIANS ON 45 RPM – “W-X-Y-Z” ARTIST LISTINGS

(Also see my “ROCK-A-BILLY/ROCK/RHYTHM & BLUES PIONEERS FROM THE 1950’S ON 78 RPM” page for many main-stream pioneers)f

Many of these musicians have been inducted into one of two the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fames

Bob Waddell – Decca – 1958

Lindy Wade – Tender – 1958

Ronny Wade – King – 1957

Don Wade – San – 1959

WADE & DICK THE COLLEGE KIDS

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Jimmy Wages & The Tune Mates – Tom Big Bee – 1966

Charlie Waggoner – Linco – 1962

Mike Waggoner & The Bops – 1962

Steve & Janie Wagoner – Starlight – 1968

The Wailers – Golden Crest – 1959

(Tacoma, Washington – They were initially “The Nitecaps”

Happy Wainwright – Carma – 1961

Cliff Waldon – Mark – 1957

Les Waldrop – Flo – 1963

Johnny Waleen – Coulee – 1964

Buddy Walker – Sandy – 1962

Dub Walker – Domino – 1961

Gary Walker – MGM – 1957

Jackie Walker – Dot – 1957

Lanie Walker – Blue Hen – 1955

STAN WALKER – LOWERY – 1966

(Grand Rivers, Kentucky – Played guitar for Ray Smith on “Rockin’ Little Angel”)

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WAYNE WALKER – COLUMBIA – 1957

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Joe Warren – Choice – 1960

Red Warrick & the Longhorn Playboys Band – Longhorn – 1966

Perry Washburn & The Rocky Mountain Canary Boys – Mustang – 1960

Leroy Washington – Excello – 1958

Clear Waters & His Band – Atomic – 1958

Rusty Waters – Excel – 1957

Wallace Waters – Trend – 1959

BILL WATKINS – Allied – 1958

(Bill Lee Watkins – Cincinnati, OH)

Billy Watkins – Challenge – 1960

Tiny Watkins – Sandy – 1958

(Eugene Watkins – Mobile, Alabama)

Buddy Watson – Clover – 1960

Gene Watson – Tonka – 1969

Jimmy Watson – Brunswick – 1958

Johnny Watson & His Night Owls – Cactus – 1959

Bob Watts & The Carolina Drifters – Carolina – 1959

Hunter Watts & Sonny Rogers – Paradise – 1963

Tal Watts – Mohawk – 1967

Wortham Watts – Orbit – 1958

Slim Watts – Starday – 1957

Wayne & Ray – Mutual – 1960

ALVIS WAYNE – WESTPORT – 1956

(Alvis Wayne Samford – Paducah, Texas – backed by The Rhythm Wranglers)

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BILLY WAYNE – HILL CREST – 1959

(Billy Wayne Rolison – Hardeman County, Tennessee)

BOBBY WAYNE – LJV – 1957

(Robert Wayne Snyder – Fronted The Warriors – Spokane, Washington)

DON WEISE – 20TH CENTURY – 1964

(Spokane, Washington)

JOEY WELZ – BAT – 1959

(Joseph W. Welzant – Baltimore, Maryland)

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SONNY WEST – NOR-VA-JAK – 1956

(Joe West – Alias Sonee West – Lubbock, Texas – Fronted the Sweet Rockin’ Band)

SPEEDY WEST – CAPITOL – 1954

(Wesley Webb West – Springfield, Missouri)

Chuck Wheeler – Stevens – 1959

Danny Wheeler – Fable – 1958

Karen Wheeler – K-Ark – 1961

Larry Wheeler – Glory – 1958

Lin Wheeler – Roulette – 1958

ONIE WHEELER – COLUMBIA – 1956

(Sikeston, Missouri)

Ray Whisnant – Radcar – 1962

Buddy White & The Knights – Murco – 1960

Donnie White – Felsted – 1961

Evelyn White & The Radio Ranch Boys – Dessco – 1968

Jim White – Gregg – 1967

Johnny White – Verve – 1959

Johnny White – Brownfield – 1965

(Texas)

Lucky White – Contact – 1968

(Arizona)

Maurice White – Gold – 1958

(Marty White)

Otis White & The Hillrockers – Gala – 1959

Roger White – Blue Giant – 1964

Sam White – Shastone – 1958

(The Shastone label was started up by Jimmy Wakely in 1958)

Willie White – Shaw – 1965

The White Caps with Johnny Edwards – Northland – 1957

(Appleton, Wisconsin with Gerry Stingle – Jack Gardner – Pete Miller – Ricky Lee and Duke Wright)

Floyd Whitehurst – Sandy – 1958

Fuzzy Whitener with Jerry Dykes and His Band – Starday – 1958

Jackie Whitely and the Red Coats – 1961

Jimmie Widner – Imperial – 1953

Dave Wilburn – Red Wing – 1961

Coye Wilcox – Azalea – 1958


Johnny Wildcard – Gulf Reef – 1962

Johnny Wilde – Coronet – 1958

The Wilder Brothers – “X” – 1955

(George, Walter and Warner Wilder – first known as “The Weidler Brothers)

Farris Wilder – Hi-Q – 1957

Vic Wilder – Ric – 1958

The Wildwood Trio – Dixie – 1955

Chuck Wiley – United Artists – 1958

(Charles Estel Wiley – Cattlesburg, Kentucky)

Jess Willard – Ekko – 1956

(Jess Willard Griffin – Washburn, Texas – Heavily influenced by Jack Guthrie)

Slim Willet – Winston – 1957

(Winston Lee Moore – Dublin, Texas – With Slim Willet and His Hired Hands)

Wally Willette – TIM – 1968

(Wallace Delorie Willette – Bangor, Maine

Bob Williams – Tennessee – 1951

(Scottsville, Kentucky – with The Cumberland Mountaineers)

Charlie Williams – Sage – 1959

(Charles Anton Williams – Texas)

Williams, Dick – RCA Victor – 1956

(Powellton, West Virgiania)

Fletcher Williams with The Four Dots – Bullseye – 1956

Garrett Williams – Airway – 1958

Carol Williams – RAM – 1956

Jerry Williams & His Rockets – Rocket – 1962

(Van Dynhoven – Appleton, Wisconsin – With “The White Caps”)

Jim Williams – Sun – 1957

(Jimmy B. Williams – Memphis, Tennessee)

Kearney Williams – Hickory – 1963

Lawton Williams – Allstar – 1960

(Troy, Tennessee)

Williams, Lester – Specialty – 1952

(Lester B. Williams – Groveton, Texas)

Lew Williams – Imperial – 1956

(Lewis William Kaczmarek)

Perk Williams – Capitol – 1953

Robert Williams & The Groovers – Tip Top – 1959

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Rocky Williams – Allstar – 1959

Ron Williams & The Customs – Ty-Tex – 1960

Roxie Williams – Lucky 11 – 1960

Slim Williams – Coral – 1951

Sonny Williams – Coin – 1958

(Charley Harley Bowie – Pisgah, Maryland)

Tex Williams – Decca – 1957

(Sollie Paul Williams – Ramsey, Illinois – with: The Western Caravan)

Wayne Williams and The Sure Shots – Sure – 1958

Bobby Williamson – RCA Victor – 1954

Don Willis – Satellite – 1958

WALLY WILLETTE – FLAG – 1959

(Wallace Delorie Willette – Bangor, Maine)

BOB WILLIAMS – TENNESSEE – 1951

JERRY WILLIAMS & THE ROCKETS – V-TONE – 1963

(Also “The White Caps

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LEW WILLIAMS – IMPERIAL – 1956

(Lewis William Kaczmarek – Chillicothe, Texas)

Hal Willis – Athens – 1958

MARTY WILLIS – LOUIS – 1963

(William Marty Willis – Memphis, Tennessee – recorded with Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and more)

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Ray Willis – Jane – 1958

Rod Willis – NRC – 1959

Ron Willis & His Jeeters – Ace – 1960

PEANUTS WILSON – BRUNSWICK – 1957

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DON WOODY – DECCA – 1957

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DANNY WOOLFE – DOT – 1957

BOBBY WOOTEN – GRC – 1960

(Salinas, California – DJ and musician)

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Lucky Wray – Starday – 1956

(Vernon Wray)

Ginny Wright – Fabor – 1954

(Twin City, Georgia)

Hank Wright – Moon – 1959

Johnny Wright – Decca – 1964

(Johnnie Robert Wright Jr. – Mount Juliet, Tennessee)

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Randy Wright – Skidmore – 1957

Rebel Wright – Linda – 1960

Ruby Wright – King – 1959

(Anderson, Indiana)

Steve Wright – Lin – 1959

The Wright Brothers – Del-Ray – 1958

GENE WYATT – EBB – 1957

Ricky Wynn – Campbell – 1963

The Wynnewoods – Wynne – 1959

Ray Yaeger – Tiara – 1966

Lafayette Yarborough – Bart – 1958

BILL YATES – SUN – 1964

(Alias: “Gorgeous Bill”)

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MALCOLM YELVINGTON – SUN – 1956

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RUSTY YORK – KING – 1957

(Charles Edward York – King – 1957 – Harlan County, Kentucky – fronted Rusty York & the Kentucky Mountain Boys)

Buddy Young – All Star – 1956

Chip Young – Esco – 1959

Donny Young – Decca – 1960

George Young – Fortune – 1957

Vicki Young – Capitol – 1953

(Wanda Cleo Stegall – Vinson, Oklahoma)

Nelson Young – Lucky – 1958

(Richmond, Kentucky)

Johnny Yukon – Versatile – 1959

Francis Zambon & The Naturals – Vamalco – 1959

(Francis Rodney Zambon – Houston, Texas)

Rex “Tex”  Zario – Skyrocket – 1956

(Rosario Lefavi – Italy)

Kathy Zee – Laurie – 1958

Danny Zella & His Zell Rocks – Fox – 1958

Keith Zeller & The Starliners – Agar – 1961

(Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Ben Joe Zeppa – Hush – 1958

(Liberal, Kansas)

The Zircons – Winston – 1958

(Texas)

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