JEANETTE HICKS (1933-2011):
(Jukka Joutsi * latest additions: 15.4.2020)

Jeanette Hicks recorded 4 duets with Billy Walker for Columbia in 1955:

A) JEANETTE HICKS recorded with Billy Walker in two separate Columbia sessions in 1955:

March 22, 1955: Which One Of Us Is To Blame (Sunny Dull-Redd Stewart) * Let's Make Memories Tonight (Floyd Tillman).
October 18, 1955: Blue Mountain Waltz (Jerry Organ-Tom James) * Why Does It Have To Be (Ramona Redd-Billy Walker).

Jeanette Hicks got one Billboard TOP-10 recording with George Jones:

B) JEANETTE HICKS got her only Billboard chart entry with 'Yearning', which she recorded in 1957 with George Jones for Starday Records. Single's best chart position was #10 in January 1957. Flip side was 'So Near'.

Jeanette Hicks Story:

C) Jeanette Hicks was born in Texarkana, Texas. She gained notice in the 1950s, singing for several years on the legendary KWKH Louisiana Hayride.
We first read about her in 1953 when 'Hillbilly and Western Hoedown'-magazine reviewed a recording of hers attributed to the OKeh record label. The "A" side was All I Care About. They noted, "...she could stand high among the female vocalists with right song. This number shows her voice up well and could gain some attention." The "B" side was He Knows Why and they noted, "Another better than average effort by the thrush who shows voice appeal here."

She was getting attention a bit in 1956. A Mr. Paul Gilley from Maytown, Kentucky wrote 'Country and Western Jamboree' magazine that he would enjoy seeing articles about Jeanette and other artists.
In 1957, the same magazine indicated fans had voted her one of the The Top 10 New Female Vocalists of 1957.

In a short biography piece, C&W Jamboree noted she had learned to yodel while listening to the Grand Ole Opry while she was still in school. She honed her talents by appearing on various school shows and other venues when the opportunity presented itself.
It was said she got her big break when a friend introduced her to Tillman Franks. He later asked him to appear on his show which was to be held at the Muncipal Auditorium in Texarkana. Tillman was impressed enough that he asked her to come to Shreveport and meet Horace Logan, who was the director of the Louisiana Hayride at the time.
Mr. Logan auditioned Jeanette that night. She performed on the last five minutes of that night's show. Afterwards, she went to the KWKH studios where she made an audition tape. A week later, she had a three-year contract to appear on the Hayride. And if that wasn't enough, two weeks later, she had a recording contract with Columbia Records.

One of the recordings on Columbia was a bit different. She had a song on one side of the record, but a Dallas disc jockey by the name of Johnnie Hicks had the other side. We have found nothing to indicate they were related. Jeanette's obituary in 2011 indicated she was preceded in death by her husband Edsel Hicks.

She got married and Billboard reported that she was back on the Hayride after giving birth to a son on April 14, 1954.
In 1955, she teamed up with Billy Walker for a duet or two for Columbia. 'Country and Western Jamboree' picked their duet number, Let's Make Memories, as a hit in the West South Central area of the United States. A later record review indicated the flip side was a number entitled Which One of Us Is To Blame.
Late in 1955, Billboard reported that Jeanette was part of a package show headlined by Johnny Cash in Odessa, Texas that drew a crowd of over 6,000 people. Also on the show were the Browns, Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie, George Jones and Werley Fairburn.
That contract with Columbia was apparently a short one. For in early 1957, we find that she was brought to the attention of Pappy Daily of Mercury-Starday by George Jones and signed to the label. She had a duet number with George Jones for Starday called Yearning.

"Jeanette Hicks passes away:

D) Jeanette Hines Hicks, of Texarkana (Tx) died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at her daughters’ home surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Hicks was born April 20, 1933 in Texarkana, TX. She was a homemaker, a member of Rose Hill Church of Christ.

Jeanette made her first session in Dallas in 1953 recording songs written by Tillman Franks and Claude King. Among her releases on wax are "Still I Lost You/I Think of You and Me" (Okeh 18008), "He Knows Why" (Okeh 18021), "Lipstick on A Glass" (Okeh 4-18055), "Just Like In The Movie" (Columbia 21374), "Which One of Us to Blame/Let's Make Memories Tonight" (Columbia 4-21392 with Billy Walker), "Blue Mountain Waltz" (Columbia 21471 with Billy Walker), "Extra Extra/ Cry, Cry (It’s Good Foe You)" (Starday 271 – Oct 56), "Yearning/Cry Cry" (Mercury 102561 with George Jones) released on February 11, 1957 in USA but also in Japan on Vee-Jay W42, "I Take The Chance" (with George Jones), "Repenting" (Dixie EP 518) also issued on TOPS EP R3002 under the alias of Kitty Carson.

She was a Louisiana Hayrider since 1954, had a son born on April 14, 1954 and worked with Elvis, Jack Ford, Johnny Cash, Jimmy and Johnny, Bob Luman or James O’Gwynn. On June 27 and 28, 2003 she played a Louisiana Cast reunion with Kitty Wells, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Alvadean & Sandy Coker, The Browns, Billy Walker and many more. She was a long time friend of Tillman Franks and she will be remembered like a fine vocalist. Our kindest regards goes to her family and friends.

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('Texarkana Gazette' - Newspaper, 2011): Jeanette Hines Hicks, 78, of Texarkana, Texas, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Hicks was born April 20, 1933, in Texarkana. She was a homemaker and a member of the Louisiana Hayride Hall of Fame and Rose Hill Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edsel Hicks. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Debbie and Don Holder of Texarkana and Donna Glod of Dallas; one son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Kathy Hicks of Texarkana; two brothers, Roger Hines of Texarkana and Bill Hines of Shreveport, La.; one sister, Shirley Spakes of Texarkana; five grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.

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