Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Margaret Lewis Warwick:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1957-2011, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Warwick, Magaret
Title: Margaret Lewis Warwick Papers,
Dates: 1957-2011
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of Margaret Lewis Warwick from 1957-2011.
Collection # AV 0175
Quantity: 1 folder (.1 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Margaret (Maggie) Lewis Warwick is a singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and music publisher. Born in Snyder, Texas, Maggie began her adventures in music as a teenager when she organized her first band while at Levelland High School, "Margaret Lewis and The Thunderbolts!" After she won a talent show produced by Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks with KDAV Radio Station in Lubbock, she moved to Shreveport with her family in the late 1950s and performed with Horton and many other stars on the Louisiana Hayride until it closed in 1960. She then moved to Nashville and became actively involved in songwriting production and publishing with Shelby Singleton, Mira Ann Smith, Jeannie C. Riley and many top artists and musicians, in addition to back-up vocals with her sister Rose.

Among her numerous award-winning songs are the classic, "Reconsider Me", both a #1 rhythm and blues hit by Johnny Adams, and a #1 country hit by Narvel Felts. Her rock classic "Soul Shake" was a major hit for Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, with multiple other versions including the Angela Strehli rhythm and blues masterpiece and a roaring rendition by actor/musician Bruce Willis. She has had over a hundred songs recorded in albums and singles by such artists as Jeannie C. Riley, Dolly Parton, Lynn Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Connie Francis and many more. The Country Music Foundation's 2004 Grammy winner, Night Train To Nashville featured two of her compositions.

In 1981, Maggie moved back from Nashville to Shreveport to marry her teenage sweetheart, Alton Warwick. They now own the Louisana Hayride Companies, trademarks and brands. The Lousiana Hayride was the career birthplace of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and others. Maggie and Alton headed and initiative in the 1990s to save the original Hayride venue, the art deco Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, from demolition.

Maggie has served as Chairman of the Louisiana Music Commission, appointed by Governors Blanco and Jindal, and has toured in England, France, and Wales. She and Alton own music publishing companies, Lousiana Hayride Records, and the historic RAM Records founded by Mira Smith.

Scope and Content

The Grammy certificate from 2004, biographical statement and two photos are accompanied by event programs and an architechural business plan for the revitalization of downtown Shreveport by the building of an Historic Music Village, and three audio CDs. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


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. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

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)
Lewis, Margaret (Vocalist)
Smith, Myra, 1926-1989.
Warwick, Alton.
Subjects (Organizations)
Ace Records (Firm : Jackson, Miss.)
KWKH (Radio station : Shreveport, La.)
Lousiana Hayride.
RAM Records.
Subjects (Places)
Shreveport (La.)--History.
Country music.
Rhythm and Blues music.
Rockabilly music.

Related Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Lewis Warwick Papers, 1957-2011, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2017

Processed by

Cynthia Curry

Collection Inventory


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1 1 Awards: Grammy Certificate for Best Historical Album awarded for Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm and Blues, 1945-1970 (various artists), 2004
2 Biographical Statements: one page with head shot, undated
Newspaper clippings
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1 3 Levelland and Hockley County News: "Record Contract Sought for Local Musical Group", with photo of Margaret Lewis and The Thunderbolts, 1957
4 Shreveport Times: "Musician's Local Ties", Maggie Warwick is quoted in the article regarding the Louisiana Hayride and the performers who came through, photos of Elvis and Maggie, August 21, 2016
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1 5 Maggie and Alton Warwick in balcony of Louisiana Hayride, undated
6 Hank Williams, Jr. and the Drifting Cowboys from the Louisiana Hayride,
7 Hank Williams, Jr., naming members of Drifting Cowboys, Clent Holmes, Lum York, Bob McNett, Felton Pruett, and Tony Franchini (electrostatic copy), undated
8 Margaret's touring band for southern military base tour (left to right, Johnny Winter, Margaret Lewis, Jerry Horton, Bobby Mizzel, drummer is hidden from view), c. 1965
Printed Materials
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1 9 A Country Music Homecoming: A Tribute to Louisiana Hayride Legend Frank Carter, Jr., Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, April 30, 1995
10 98th Birthday Celebration honoring Govenor Jimmie Davis at The Strand Theater, Shreveport, September 11, 1997
11 Louisiana Hayride 50th Anniversary Homecoming, starring Willie Nelson, Jimmie Davis, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doug Kershaw, and Jett Williams, with Merle Kilgore, Tillman Franks, Reggie Young, Jerry Kennedy, Billy Sanford, Joe Osborn, Maggie Lewis Warwick, FApril 3, 1999
12 Program from the First Annual Southern American Music Conference, starring Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Double Trouble, The Cox Family, Doug Kershaw, The Derailers, Jeannie C. Riley, Merle Kilgore, Tillman Franks, Dale Hawkins, Lizzie West, Maggie Warwick, MiMay 4, 2002
13-14 Architectural plans developed for The Foundation for Arts, Music, and Entertainment by Morgan Hill Sutton and Mitchell Architects, LLC, for Shreveport's Historic Music Village (2 copies), June 5, 2002
15 My Texas Music: Lucky Boyd review of Charlie Barrett's Genuine Country Certified,, 2009
16 R. W. Martin editorial review of Maggie Lewis Warwick and the Thunderbolts' …But I Know What I Like, August 25, 2009
17 Songwriters Academy of Louisiana press release: Gov. Bobby Jindal declares 2010 "Year of the Song," premiere event in Ruston, Louisiana, January 4, 2010
18 Noel Memorial Library of LSU-Shreveport hours of service, May 9, 2011
19 American Blues Scene: article by Matt Marshall about young musician, Matthew Davidson, May 25, 2011
20 Brochure for Louisiana State University's Noel Memorial Library, Archives and Special Collections, undated
21 List of people Felton Pruett played with during 16 years in the Louisiana Hayride staff band, undated
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1 22 Mojo magazine, (from England) "Eat To The Beat", August, 1994
23 The Times, "Old Shreveport label Ram Records finally gets its due with new CD collection", September 10, 1994
24 The Times, "Lonesome Bluebird: Margaret Lewis", April 15, 1995
25 Mojo magazine, "Whaddya Mean, You've Never Heard of Magaret Lewis?", April, 1995
26 Mojo magazine, "Style Is One Thing, Swing Is Another", April, 1995
27 Q magazine, Margaret Lewis: "Lonesome Bluebird", May, 1995
28 Guitar Player magazine, Hoodlum Hoodoo, "Poison Ivy Unearths A Dozen Delinquent Rock and Roll Riffs", about Mira Smith's playing on Grace Tennessee and the American Spirits, "Pow Wow", July, 1997
29 SB magazine, "Ram Records: Shreveport's Musical Heritage Preserved", October, 2000
30 Juke Blues magazine, issue 67, "Margaret Lewis: Her Story", c. 2005
31 Juke Blues magazine, issue 68, "Margaret Lewis: Her Story", c. 2005
32 Tales From The Woods, Roots Music Magazine and Promotions presents the legendary 100 Club, starring Tony Sheridan, Margaret Lewis, Incredible Roy Young, January 31, 2010
33 Review of 100 Club performance by Tom Wilkinson, The 2is Have It, "…this lady has talent by bucket load.", April, 2010
34 Big Beat of the 50s, Official Club Magazine of the Australian Rock'n'Roll Appreciation Society, Mira Smith (RAM label, Part 2), March, 2010
35 The Lonesome Bluebird Flies Again, A brief introduction to RAM Records, by Ray Topping, undated
36 ACE record catalog, Shreveport Stomp, undated
37 ACE record catalog, Margaret Lewis: Lonesome Bluebird, undated
38 Poster of Shreveport's proposed Historical Music Village (11.5x 17 inches), undated

Audio-Visual Materials

Compact disc (CD Audio)
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1 39-40 National Public Radio Weekend Edition "Shreveport Music History", #1 Ram Records History host Alex Chadwick 9-24-94 with Maggie Warwick and Ray Topping, Buddy Flett on guitar, #2 "Mira Smith Story" host Alex Chadwick 10-2-94 with Maggie Warwick, #3 "Louis1994-1998
41 Lonesome Bluebird: Margaret Lewis, with Grace Tennesse and her Guitar: 1. "Shake A Leg" 2. "One Today, Another Tomorrow" 3. "Goin' To St. Louie" 4. "From The Cradle To The Blues" 5. "Roll Over Beethoven" 6. "Love Is A Fortune" 7. "Birmingham Valley Blues"1995
42 …but I know what I like: Maggie Lewis Warwick and the Thunderbolts:1. "Reconsider Me" 2. "Sugarmaker" 3. "Rock and Roll Mama" 4. "THUNDERBOLT!" 5. "Rock and Roll Dance" 6. "Deliver Me" 7. "Everyday" 8. "Particularly Splendid" 9. "As Time Goes By" 10. "Roc1998
43 Red River Blues: Shreveport Blues from Ram Records: 1. "Mailman Mailman" 2. "Pretty Lil Thing" 3. "I Gotta Cry" 4. "You Better Sit Down" 5. "Lee Street Blues" 6. "Gimme Gimmie" 7. "Rushin'" 8. "You'll Be Back" 9. "Let Me Feel It" 10. "The Fight" 11. "Goin1999
44 Shreveport High Steppers: Rockabilly and Hillbilly, featuring Linda Brannon, Lonesome Drifter, Margaret Lewis, and others: 1. "Eager Boy" 2. "Baby I Want Another Date" 3. "Rovin'" 4. "Shake A Leg" 5. "Honey Do You Think Of Me" 6. "Teardrop Valley" 7. "Wil2001
45 Louisiana Hayride Records presents Charlie Barrett Genuine Country Certified: 1. "Looking Through Glass" 2. "Songs Of Memory" 3. "If I Still Had You" 4. "I Want To Feel That Way" 5. "Best Friends" 6. "Let's Grow Old Together" 7. "Soul Mate" 8. "God Gave M2009
46 Songwriter/Guitar/Vocals Margaret Lewis,"Rockabilly Babies" "West Texas Homesick Blues" "Runaway Horses", undated
47 "Rockabilly Babies" by Margaret Lewis, undated
DVD-R discs
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1 48 Reconsider Me, The Mira Smith Story, a film by Peter Lippman, Lippsync/Portia Production, NTSC stereo (32 minutes), undated