JIGGS (HERMAN) LEMLEY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH 1948 CO-SIGNED BY: HAWKSHAW (HAROLD) HAWKINS - HFSID 279465
JIGGS LEMLEY and HAWKSHAW HAWKINS Both signed the back of this photo of Lemley in 1948, the year they started performing together. Photograph signed on verso: "Jiggs/Lemley/48", "Hawkshaw Hawkins/48". B/w, 8½x11 card stock paper. Country musician HERMAN "JIGGS" LEMLEY (b.
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JIGGS LEMLEY and HAWKSHAW HAWKINS
Both signed the back of this photo of Lemley in 1948, the year they started performing together.
Photograph signed on verso: "Jiggs/Lemley/48", "Hawkshaw Hawkins/48". B/w, 8½x11 card stock paper. Country musician HERMAN "JIGGS" LEMLEY (b. 1927) is pictured with the double neck steel guitar of the type he used until 1975, when he switched to a pedal guitar. Lemley was a local stage and radio talent in West Virginia when he joined Hankshaw Hawkins in 1948; the two performed together for four years, an odd couple on stage with Hawkins a full foot taller then Lemley. Primarily a backup artist, he worked with Hank Snow, Merle Travis and Texas Tyler, among others. Mike Lemley, Jiggs' oldest son, contacted the Gallery of History to share this anecdote: The guitar shown in this picture was constantly going out of tune, and Hawkins threatened to fire Lemley if he didn't replace it. He did, buying a new Fender double neck. "Dad always laughed about that." HAWKSHAW HAWKINS (1921-1963) excelled as a radio and stage performer, but he also notched five Top Ten hits on the country music charts between 1948 and 1951, beginning with "Pan American." His signature song was "The Sunny Side of the Mountain". He first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1955. Hawkins had a comeback hit, "Lonesome 7-7203" in 1963, but did not live to know that. He died in the same plane crash that claimed the life of Patsy Cline. Lightly soiled and worn at edges not touching signatures. Otherwise, fine condition.
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