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Janet McBride

Yodeling Queen ...
Champion Yodeler,
Songwriter ...
Mentor in Chief!

Copyright 1997-2022
Paul L. White and Janet McBride


Mother's Day Photo


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Janet surprised this webmaster with a photo of her posing with her great-granddaughter for Mother's Day. How precious!

 

Happy Birthday, Janet!

Here it is the year 2022, and our Miss Janet had another birthday on April 5th. At the top of the page, you see one of the latest photos of her, and it's obvious she is doing very well.

For her website, and for social networking, Janet sent these magnificent words about her day. It is wonderful to get such good news!

Well, the day came and went and it was great. It began with a scheduled visit to the doctor [for a physical] at Southwest Medical Center which went good! My son Claude usually takes me due to the traffic.

Then it was on to lunch with Claude and Denise, which was yummy. Last night the others came over to this house and it was also a nice visit with all of them.

I heard from you and others by phone, cards, and text. It was a great day. God is good. Thank you for everything.

 

Lisa Lee:
Left Us
August 23, 2021

On August 25, 2021, the ACM had an awards show broadcast on the Internet. While viewing it, I noticed the announcement that Lisa Lee had just passed away two days before.

I thought I recognized the name, and Emailed Janet. Here is her immediate response:

Hi Paul, I did not know this information. I am shocked. Yes, this is the lady who came to my house.

Janet was overcome with grief. After some prompting to write a little tribute to Lisa, Janet responded with the following:

When the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC was about to turn 50 years old they decided they would put out a book to tell the story, and to do that chore they hired a young woman by the name of Lisa Lee. She was highly recommended and she got the job. Her first questions were "who started this?" and "where are the files?"

As it turned out no one really knew and would they still be alive if she got some names? And without some old photos from the early days, it wouldn't be very interesting.

One of the people still living was Tommie Wiggins, and before long Lisa was talking to him. Tommie didn't have any photos, but he told Lisa that she needed to contact Janet McBride who was now living in Texas because she had a lot of the information she was looking for, including photos and lots of memorabilia.

I contacted Lisa and told her what I had and that I would give her the originals of my collection, but that she would have to come to Forney, Texas to get it because I wanted to make sure she had it in her hands and in her care.


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On May 1, 2013 Lisa Lee and Nick, her camera man, were standing on my front doorstep in Forney, Texas. They came to pick up those "treasured items" that I had saved from 1963 and 1964, plus most of the items that were to PROVE what I had been saying for most of my life in Country Music (it started in 1963. Call it what you want, but nothing changes the fact that it began as the book says). The photos and the program for that night were in my possession and handed to This Great Lady and they are in the book. Tommy Wiggins personally signed each award for 1963.


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THE ACMs OWE MISS LISA LEE A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT FOR ACTUALLY DIGGING UP THE REAL STORY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE ACMs.

I will never forget you LISA LEE. Gone too early!


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Tommy Wiggins

Janet recently received word that Tommy Wiggins has passed away. He had such an important role in Janet's career, and in Country Music overall, that she just had to speak up! Below are her words:

Tommy Wiggins' sister, Patsy, sent me a text informing me that he passed away in his sleep on July 19 (of 2021). He was one of the three people who started what is now called "The Academy of Country Music" in 1963-64.

The Academy did recognize him at the end of their 50 Year Anniversary Book, which was great! Lisa Lee was the gal who dug deep to find out who actually started it.

The first "awards" were not known as the "Academy," but the "Southern California Country Music Awards," and I won one of the Female Awards in 1963 and 1964. My first husband Claude McBride was a "DJ" at the big Country Music Station in Pomona, California, and by then I was getting lots of airplay, of course, although I was still employed at my "day job" at the aircraft plant.

My husband was "hanging out" in all the Country Music Spots/bars, and my name was everywhere. I was recording for a local Record Company, booking at local Bars, and filming for the TV Country Music Nightly Show, all while still working that "day job."


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Those people my husband Claude was "hanging out" with were the "scene people," and one of them was Tommy Wiggins. So you could say that was how I got my "foot in the door" with Tommy. He and Claude hung out in all of the places I needed to be to keep my name out there so, yes, Tommy Wiggins was there in the very beginning of my career.

By 1965 things were changing. The awards became the "Academy of Country and Western Music Awards," and people like Merle Haggard, and a host of Bakersfield Artists, were gaining popularity and they, of course, changed the scene.

I did not actually become personal friends with Tommy until 1992 or 1993 when I became involved with the "Western Music Association," where Tommy was a member. We stayed friends, and it was that personal connection with Tommy which brought our friendship alive.


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It was also my Personal Connection with Tommy that surfaced when Lisa Lee started working on that fantastic "ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 50 YEARS BOOK!" That's when I came back into play. She connected the early 1963 and 1964 information and, of course, found that Tommy was who started the whole thing. It was with my "scrap book information" that we proved the whole story...finally!

I did not want to make the Tommy Story all about ME but this is what happened. I wasn't involved with the beginning but Claude McBride was.


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This document is Patsy Montan's note to Janet
about the origin of the ACMAs.

I just went to Amazon and found the book. It has the "full page photo" there--full page of Tommy also. My writing is on some of those photos. They were from my collection.

When I got my copy of the book Lisa had personally signed and sent me, I stood in our living room and said aloud, JOHN LOOK, WE GOT THE STORY OUT. By then John was "with the Lord," but he would have been thrilled also.

They did give Tommy an award and gave me about 16 tickets to attend and we did. It was at the Ryman and a great night.

Here is the web address of the book Janet refers to on Amazon: 50 Years of the Academy

Immediately below is a display at the Academy of Country Music Artists Museum, showing Janet's Award Letter, and, as you can see, it is signed by Tommy Wiggins.

 

Happy Birthday Janet
For 2021!


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Well, it was 2021, and Janet's birthday once again surfaced! Immediately above is a photo taken of her for her special day.

Below is a poem I created and posted on Facebook at Janet's page. Several responded, and shared how much they love her!

And so it's flown, another year,
A blistering, scathing one with fear
Around the globe, and yet you are
Still smiling, glowing, raised by far

To heights of soul that few do know.
And how refreshing is the glow
Which comes from speaking here and there
To your sweet kindness, set to bear

The things that life does throw our way.
And I now sever from Dismay
To choose, instead, for Victory,
And thank you for your faith toward me.

Happy wondrous birthday, Ma'am,
And may your tender, like a lamb,
Approach to life be ours as well.
Oh Joyous Day, Miss Southern Belle!

© Paul L. White

Janet wrote me that she had a wonderful birthday, and also that she did get her COVID shot. She is amazed at her good health, and how well she is feeling.

To y'all: please stay well out there, what with COVID and such, and let's hear it for yodeling!

-o-

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