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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Audio-Visual Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Donald R. Abbe:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1954-2017, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Abbe, Donald R.
Title: Donald R. Abbe Papers,
Dates: 1954-2017
Abstract: Rare regional recordings and recovered correspondence provide a glimpse into the culture of the Texas and Oklahoma region during the last half of the 20th century. Some material is of particular interest to those following the life and career of broadcaster Johnny May.
Collection # CR 0176
Quantity: 2 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Donald R. Abbe, PhD, is passionate about history and even more so about West Texas history. As an American West scholar who long taught at Texas Tech University, Abbe is the author of Austin and the Reese River Mining District: Nevada's Forgotten Frontier (1985) and Historic Lubbock County: An Illustrated History (co-authored in 2008 with Dr. Paul Carlson), among others. Member of the Lubbock County Historical Commission, he regularly contributes feature articles to the daily Avalanche-Journal.

Now-retired curator at the Silent Wings Museum, devoted to the training of glider pilots and their use in combat during World War II, Abbe is a long-time supporter of the Southwest Collection and the Crossroads of Music Archive. His wife Sally Still Abbe, also a CoMA donor and historical commissioner, served as director of geographic information system and data services for the City of Lubbock.

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Scope and Content

Recently, Don Abbe brought in a wonderful mixture of correspondence and rare regional recordings. The correspondence relates to Johnny May, the youngest of three children of Fain and Charles Kennedy of Pampa, Texas. The two younger boys were eventually placed in the foster care of Emzy Marcus and Frances G. May of Claude, Texas. The middle brother, Clifford Eugene, was born in Hedley, Texas, on September 1, 1941. After service in the U.S. Navy he lived in Dewey, Oklahoma, where his birth mother would also live. He passed away January 12, 2012.

John R. May, the youngest, was a figure in regional radio at KCLV in Clovis, KPUR and KFDA-TV in Amarillo, KXOL in Fort Worth, and the Lubbock stations KRLB, KSEL, and at KLBK, where he was the first disc jockey to air Jimmy Gilmer’s “Sugar Shack”. With Lew Dee and Diana Dee Johnny May left the KFYO-KKAM (Clear Channel Communications) group in 2002 to join Ramar Communications and start KLZK-FM. He was also noted throughout his career as a sportscaster, ad sales representative, and talent for commercial voice-overs. He died May 27, 2019.

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Organization

The Don Abbe Papers are organized by the following series:

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department in advance to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Please contact the Reference Librarian at least 10 days in advance to make viewing arrangements.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Ely, Joe.
Hancock, Charlene Condray.
Hancock, Conni.
Hancock, Holli.
Hancock, Tommy, 1929-
May, Johnny.
(lastname, first, date).
Subjects (Organizations)
KFYO Radio (Lubbock, Tex.)
KLZK Radio (Lubbock, Tex.)
KVIL Radio (Clovis, New Mex.)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects
20th century rock and roll.
Alternative country music.
Composers.
Electric guitar music (Rock)
Popular music--Texas.
Radio stations.
Texas music.
Western swing (Music)

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Don Abbe Papers, 1954-2017, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Purchase, 2019

Processing Information

Processed by: Kaitlyn Davies, 2019

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Collection Inventory

Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Artwork: Cartoons and drawings, [each ends in comma with no space] undated
2 Artwork: Designs for record labels, December 2015-January 2017
3 Correspondence: Johnny May-JoCarol Cobb, Feburary 1963-Janurary 1964
4 Correspondence: Johnny May (various), December 1963- January 1967
5 Family Records: Emzy and Frances May, Dicie Flowers and Acie Kennedy, 1968 and undated
Photographs [Johnny May]
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1 1 Basketball player and cheerleader in black and white, undated
2 Headshot of young John May in black and white, 1954-1955
3 Headshot of young adult Johnny May in black and white, undated
4 Woman standing in front of house holding a small dog in black and white, undated
5 Interior of a house, male and female sitting on couch holding sodas, young boy and teen boy standing behind them in black and white, undated
6 Five kids standing outside (some names written from left to right, Virginia, Betty, the rest unlegible) in black and white, undated
7 Four ladies standing in banquet, in black and white, undated
8 From left to right, Bobby Bragan, Ken Knight, Bob Bruton. In front, John May, in black and white, undated
9 Headshot of adult Johnny May in black and white, undated
10 Eight people standing outside, written on back Uncle Leo W, cousin, James R. Tollert, cousin, cousin, Mrs. J. R. Tollert, cousin, Mrs. Lee Birkins, in black and white, undated
11 Five people standing well dressed outside. written on back, Long Beach California, Two cousins, James R. Tollert, Mrs. James R.T, Mrs. Lee Bivins, undated
12 Junior and Senior Banquet and Prom, pictured Jerry Mc. Gntere, Harry Wood, John May. In black and white, 1961
13 Seven-page small photo album containing several different aged headshots of John May. undated

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Audio-Visual Materials

10-inch 78 rpm records
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1 1 Aeolian Choir, Recorded by Fidelity Recording Company RC1211-B. "O Magnum Mysterion" RC1211-A. "Send Out Thy Spirit", undated
2 Rex Allen: 1. "Crying In The Chapel" 2. "I Thank The Lord" (Decca Records 81826), undated
3 Jack Burford: 1. "Melodie from Opheus and Eurydice--Gluck" 2. "Choral Prelude--Bach" (Burford Studio), undated
4 Vernon Dalhart: 1. "The Crow Song" 2. "Farm Relief Song" (Velvet Tone 1992-V), 1992
5 The Dixie Four: 507. "In The Garden" 507A. "I'll Be Looking For You" (Gospel Recording Co.), undated
6 Evelyn Knight and Red Foley: 1. "My Heart Cries For You" 2. "'Tater Pie" (Decca Records 27378), undated
7 Louise Massey and the Westeners: 1. "My Adobe Hacienda" 2. "Starlight Schottische" (Columbia Records 37332), undated
8 Wilburn Roach: 1. "Without You Here" 2. "When I Saw You Tonight" (Lateral Recording , 1958
9 Shackelford, Audiodisc recording blank, handwritten label, undated
10 The Westeners: 1. "Varsovienna" 2. "Honeysuckle Schottische" (Columbia Records 37632), undated
10-inch 78 rpm, single sided
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1 1 Mrs. Birtie Roach: "Rainbow Of Dreams", undated
7-inch 45 rpm records
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2 1 Clay Allen (produced by Bob Sullivan and Billy Gray): "Promise Her Anything (But Give Her Money)" "The Way You Are" (Longhorn Records LH-587), undated
2 Fred Bergin: 218-45 "First Love (When You and I Were Seventeen)" 217-45 "The Happy Waltz" (Lloyd Shaw Recordings, Inc.), undated
3 Fred Bergin: 231-45 "Little Coquette" 232-45 "Home On The Range" (Lloyd Recordings Inc.), undated
4 Fred Bergin: 208-45 "Lovers' Waltz" 207-45 "Honeymoon" (Lloyd Recordings, Inc.), undated
5 Central Baptist Quartet (heard over KFYO): 535 "Somewhere, Someday, Sometime" 536 "I'm Wingin' My Way Back Home" (Record 100), undated
6 Central Baptist Quartet, (Heard Over KFYO): 538 "That Glad Reunion Day" 537 "Victory In Jesus" (Record 101), undated
7 Jimmy Clanton: "I Trusted You"; "Go, Jimmy, Go" (Ace Records ZTSP 575), undated
8 Charlene Condray and the Good Guys (produced by Bill Crawford): "Too Young"; "Blue Norther" (Banner Records), undated
9 Charlene Condray with the Connoisseurs: "Do You Remember?"; "Intermission" (Sandyland Records No.2001) [copy 1 of 2], undated
10 Charlene Condray with the Connoisseurs: "Do You Remember?"; "Intermission" [copy 2 of 2], undated
11 Charlene Condray and The Bitter End: No. 1005 B "I've Got To See My Baby" No. 1005 A Tommy Hancock "I Am The Grass" (Sandyland Records 1005), undated
12 Jimmy Dean: 4340 "I.O.U" 4344 "Let's Pick Up The Pieces (And Start Over Again)" (Casino Records GRT 052), 1976
13 Duane Eddy (produced by Sill and Hazlewood) DE-4 "Stalkin'" DE-3 "Rebel-'Rouser" (Jamie Records 1104), undated
14 Joe Ely (produced by Chip Young) MC6976 "Fingernails" MC6972 "Because Of The Wind" (MCA Records MCA-40870), 1978
15 Fritos: side a: "The Frito Twist"; side b: "How To Twist" (A Pams Recording), 1962
16 Tommy Hancock (produced by Bill Crawford): BA 116-1 "Tacos For Two"; BA 116-2 "Lonely" (Banner Records), undated
17 Tommy Hancock: "Our Last Rendezvous"; "El Rancho Grande de Texas Tech" (Sandyland Records No.1002) [copy 1 of 2], undated
18 Tommy Hancock: "Our Last Rendezvous"; "El Rancho Grande de Texas Tech" [copy 2 of 2], undated
19 Tommy Hancock with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (recorded in concert at Lubbock Municipal Auditorium): 1006 A "A Maiden's Prayer"; 1006 B "Faded Love" (Sandyland Records 1006), undated
20 Wilbur Harrison: "Kansas City"; Lee Dorsey "Ya Ya" (Trip Records TR 21), undated
21 Buddy Holly: "Heartbeat"; "Well…All Right" (Coral Records 9-62051), undated
22 The Islanders (produced by Frank Metis and Randy Starr): KB-207 "Autumn Leaves"; KB-208 "Kon-Tiki" (Mayflower Records M-19), undated
23 Buzz James (produced by Randall Don Langston): "San Antonio Rose"; "Faded Love" (Langston Bros. Records LRSS- 444), undated
24 Jimmy Lee: "Rock and Roll Country Boogie"; "Cowboy and Outlaws" (CCI Records CCSS5681) [copy 1 of 2], undated
25 Jimmy Lee: "Rock and Roll Country Boogie"; "Cowboys and Outlaws" [copy 2 of 2], undated
26 Tiny Lynn: "Honytonk Hall of Fame"; "Blood Of A Foe" (Gaphics Records G-101), undated
27 Sylvia Marie (Produced by Bill C. Crawford): "Capable of Love"; "Afraid of the Dark" (Banner Records BA-1031), undated
28 Hoyle Nix (produced by D. L. Dorland Ent. Midland, Texas): "Big Ball's In Cowtown"; "Lilly Dale" (Oil Patch Records), undated
29 Hoyle Nix: "Big Balls in Cowtown"; "Summit Ridge Drive" (Caprock Records 45-109), undated
30 The Rising Suns Instrumental: "Charlet Polka" "Most Wanted" (Sunny Hills AC 3138-S), undated
31 The Roofer's Band (produced by Roofer's Record Co. Mono) Instrumental: "You Call Everybody Darling" (The Roofers Records TRR-122), undated
32 The Roofer's Band (produced by Roofer's Record Co. Mono) Instrumental: "Who's Gonna Play This Ole Piano" (The Roofers Records TRR-124), undated
33 Lynn Sanchez (produced by Lloyd Maines) [side A:] "Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)" [side B:] "Cowboy's Sweetheart" (Texas Soul Records), 1978
34 The Sanettes (John Sands Music): "Merry Christmas"; "Blessings From Above" (Ohn-J RecordsOJ-1001), undated
35 The Spirit of Coronado Mustangs, Coronado High School Chorale: 1. "Coronado Alama Mater" 2. "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town" [side 2:] Coronado High School Band 1. "Coronado Fight Song" 2. "Festjubel", undated
36 Red Steagall and The Travis Brothers: [side 1:] "Red Raider Coming at You" [side 2:] 1. "Fight, Raider, Fight" 2. "Matador Song", undated
37 Pete Sullivan 1. "Boys Down" 2. "You Got It Right The First Time" (handwritten label), undated
38 The Talking Page, Lubbock High School, 1963-1964
39 Ernest Tubb: The Legend and The Legacy (produced by Pete Drake) B. "Jealous Loving Heart" A."Waltz Across Texas" (Cachet Records CS 4-4501), undated
40 Bob Willis (produced by Paul Cohen) Radio Station Copy 1. "She's Killin' Me" 2. "She Won't Let Me Forget Her" (K-744), undated
7-inch cardboard record
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2 1 [Unidentified]: [Unidentified] (South Plains Music Co./Capital Records), undated
2 [Unidentified]: [Unidentified], undated
3 [Unidentified]: [Unidentified], undated
7-inch transcription discs
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2 1 Wilburn: Howard (March 30), undated
Compact disc (CD Audio)
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2 1 Bob "Git It" Kelly: Original Recordings (produced by Bob "git it" Kelly), 1."Git it" 2. "Somebody Help Me" 3. "What You Want" 4. "South Sea Isle Calypso" 5. "Beaba" 6. "Be My Lady Love, Tonight" 7. "When We Get Together" 8. "Boo!" 9. "Because I Love You So" 10. "Oohee, Teehee, and Wad-e-mo" 11. "Mercy Mercy" 12. "Ditty Wah Ditty" 13. "A Woman is a Funny Thing" 14. "Lock Your Golden Gate" 15. "Beepin Squeal" 16. "Mmm Love" 17. "Skippin Along" 18. "Miracle In Love" 19. "Castle in the Sky" 20. "Ghost Rock" 21. "New Sack Dress and POinted Toed Shoes" 22. "South Sea Isle Chalypso 1958" 23. "Senior Year" 24. "Better Luck Next Time" (Libra Records 1202), 1954-1959
2 Ray Ruff: The Sounds of Buddy Holly (produced by Joe Leonard, Ray Ruffin, Norman Petty) 1. "I Took A Liking To You" 2. "Beatle Maniacs" 3. "Long Long Pony Tail" 4. "My Wish Is You" 5. "Ummm Oh Yeah" 6. "Well…All Right" 7. "Love" 8. "My Gift To You" 9. "Pledge Of Love" 10. "Pretty Blue Eyes" 11. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" 12. "Lonely Hours" 13."In Dreamland" 14. "A Fool Again" 15. "Angel Blue" 16. "Love Made A Fool Of You" 17. "Let Me Tell You About Linda" 18. "I Need Someone" 19. "The Girlfriend's Car" 20. "Half-Pint Baby" 21. "I'm Qualified" 22. "A Dream" 23. "The KIXZ Twist" 24. "You Call Everybody Darling" (Hydra Records LC 05856), 2002

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