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, Margaret Lewis
Title: Margaret Lewis Warwick Papers,
Dates: 1957-2011
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of Margaret Lewis Warwick from 1957-2011.
Collection # CR 0175
Quantity: 1 folder (0.1 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Margaret (Maggie) Ann Lewis Warwick was a singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and music publisher. Born in Snyder, Texas, Maggie Warwick 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 David Houston's 1963 #2 country hit “Mountain of Love” and the fabulous “Reconsider Me”, both a rhythm and blues hit by Johnny Adams and a country hit by Narvel Felts in 1975. Her 1970 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-winning compilation Night Train To Nashville featured two of her songs.

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

Maggie served as Chairman of the Louisiana Music Commission, appointed by Governors Kathleen Blanco and Bobby Jindal, and toured in performance across Europe. She and Alton owned music publishing companies, Lousiana Hayride Records, and the historic RAM Records founded by Mira Smith.

At her death in 2019 she was memorialized by Gov. John Bel Edwards: “Her passion for Louisiana's music saved the original home of the Louisiana Hayride from destruction, ensuring that future generations will enjoy its charm and historical significance for years to come…. There are many great names associated with Louisiana’s musical heritage and Maggie Warwick's name is most certainly in that number.”

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.


The Margaret Lewis Warwick papers are organized by the following series:


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.

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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)
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.

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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 Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2017

Processing Information

Processed by: Cynthia Curry, 2017

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
3 Magazine articles
Mojo magazine, (from England) “Eat To The Beat”, August, 1994
Mojo magazine, “Whaddya Mean, You've Never Heard of Magaret Lewis?”, April 1995
Mojo magazine, “Style Is One Thing, Swing Is Another”, April 1995
Q magazine, Margaret Lewis: “Lonesome Bluebird”, May 1995
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
SB magazine, “Ram Records: Shreveport's Musical Heritage Preserved”, October 2000
Juke Blues magazine, issue 67, “Margaret Lewis: Her Story”, c. 2005
Juke Blues magazine, issue 68, “Margaret Lewis: Her Story”, c. 2005
American Blues Scene: article by Matt Marshall about young musician, Matthew Davidson, May 25, 2011
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1 4 Newspaper articles
Levelland and Hockley County News: “Record Contract Sought for Local Musical Group”, with photo of Margaret Lewis and The Thunderbolts, 1957
The Shreveport Times: “Old Shreveport label Ram Records finally gets its due with new CD collection”, September 10, 1994
The Shreveport Times: “Lonesome Bluebird: Margaret Lewis”, April 15, 1995
The 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 Photographs
Maggie and Alton Warwick on balcony of Louisiana Hayride, undated
Hank Williams, Jr. and the Drifting Cowboys from the Louisiana Hayride, undated
Hank Williams, Jr., naming members of Drifting Cowboys, Clent Holmes, Lum York, Bob McNett, Felton Pruett, and Tony Franchini (electrostatic copy), undated
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
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1 6 Press release: Songwriters Academy of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declares 2010 “Year of the Song”, premiere event in Ruston, Louisiana, January 4, 2010
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1 7 Printed Materials
A Country Music Homecoming: A Tribute to Louisiana Hayride Legend Frank Carter, Jr., Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, April 30, 1995
98th Birthday Celebration honoring Govenor Jimmie Davis at The Strand Theater, Shreveport, September 11, 1997
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, Felton Pruitt, Johnny Gimble, D.J. Fontana, Gordon Kennedy, Ted Jones, Bryan Kennedy, Al Harris, Kenny Bill Stinson, Buddy Flett, David Egan, Claude King, Leroy Van Dyke, Ben Franks, The Thumbpickers at Shreveport Municipal Auditorioum, April 3, 1999
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, Micki Fuhrman, Ben Franks, Ted Jones, Lousiana Hayride Band, May 4, 2002
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
My Texas Music: Lucky Boyd review of Charlie Barrett's Genuine Country Certified,, 2009 R. W. Martin editorial review of Maggie Lewis Warwick and the Thunderbolts' …But I Know What I Like, August 25, 2009
Noel Memorial Library of LSU-Shreveport hours of service, May 9, 2011
Brochure for Louisiana State University's Noel Memorial Library, Archives and Special Collections, undated
List of people Felton Pruett played with during 16 years in the Louisiana Hayride staff band, undated
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
Review of 100 Club performance by Tom Wilkinson, The 2is Have It, “…this lady has talent by bucket load.”, April 2010
Big Beat of the 50s, Official Club Magazine of the Australian Rock'n'Roll Appreciation Society, Mira Smith (RAM label, Part 2), March 2010
The Lonesome Bluebird Flies Again, A brief introduction to RAM Records, by Ray Topping, undated
ACE record catalog, Shreveport Stomp, undated
ACE record catalog, Margaret Lewis: Lonesome Bluebird, undated
Poster of Shreveport's proposed Historical Music Village (11.5x 17 inches), undated
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1 8 Periodicals
American Music Magazine #134 (Swedish Rock 'n'Roll Club): “Margaret Lewis Warwick”, p. 26, December 2013
American Music Magazine #137 (Swedish Rock 'n'Roll Club): “Mira Smith and the Ram Records Story”, p. 4, December 2014
American Music Magazine #142 (Swedish Rock 'n'Roll Club): “Elvis at the Louisiana Hayride”, p. 4, September 2016

Audio-Visual Materials

Compact disc (CD Audio)
1-3 National Public Radio Weekend Edition “Shreveport Music History” compilation: #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 “Louisiana Hayride host Scott Simon with Tillman Franks, Maggie Warwick, and Louisiana Hayride Band; #4 Louisiana Hayride Story and Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, host Susan Stamberg 6-8-98 with Maggie Warwick, Tillman Franks, Claude Underwood, and Bill Wiener, 3 copies, 1994-1998
4 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” 8. “You Can't Break My Heart No More” 9. “No No Never” 10. “Cheaters Can't Win” 11. “That's Why I Cry” 12. “Raggedy Ann And Player Piano” 13. “And There Was No You” 14. “Bow Wow Puppy Love” 15. “Dust My Blues” 16. “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights” 17. “Reconsider Me” 18. “You Oughta See My Baby” 19. “It's Alright (You Can Go)” 20. “John De Leev 21. “Full Grown Man” 22. “Emmitt Lee” 23. “Lovers Land” 24. “Baby Please Forgive Me” 25. “Every Time You Put Me Down” 26. “My Blue Eyed Boy” 27. “Look What You're Doing To Me,” compilation re-issue from Ace Records, 1995
5 …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. “Rockabilly Band” 12. “She's Pink”" 13. “Turn It Over In Your Mind” 14. “Hello Brown Eyes” 15. “Celebration” 16. “Turn It All Over To Jesus” 17. “...but i know what i like,” all songs written by Margaret Lewis, Tracks 1 and 2 co-written by Mira Smith, Track 16 co-written by Lynn Ourso, Jr, RAM Records, 1998
6 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. “Goin To Calif” 12. “The Fight” 13. “Darling Remember” 14. “Flat Foot Sam” 15. “Darling Remember” 16. “Hey Pretty Baby” 17. “Something's Wrong Baby” 18. “Little Melvin's Gonna Move” 19. “Tryin' To Make A Fool Of Me” 20. “Going Back To Chicago” 21. “Don't Play No Woman For No Fool” 22. “Hot Tamales and Bar-B-Que” 23. “Romp and Stomp” 24. “Watch Out” 25. “My Baby” 26. “Anything You Want” 27. “Guitar Riff” 28. “Everything I Do For You,” compilation and archive research by Ray Topping of Ace Records, Tracks 1-23 from Mira Smith's RAM Records, Tracks 24-28 from Dee Marais' Bayou studio, 1999
7 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. “Wilson's Blues No. 1” 8. “You Won't Know Why 'Til I'm Gone” 9. “Dollie In The Dirt Boogie” 10. “Just Another Lie” 11. “Ain't Got Nothin But The Blues” 12. “No Loving No Rocking Blues” 13. “I'll Take a Chance” 14. “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight” 15. “I'll Be True” 16. “Wherever You Are” 17. “I Wished It Wasn't So” 18. “This Old World Don't Seem The Same” 19. “I'm Gonna Quit My Crying” 20. “I'll Be Lonesome When You're Gone” 21. “When I First Met My Gal” 22. “Thinkin' Of You” 23. “Goin' To St Louie” 24. “Any Way You Do” 25. “Honey Won't You Listen” 26. “My Baby Went Away” 27. “That'll Hold You,” compilation by Ray Topping, owned by Warwick Productions, licensed to Ace Records, 2001
8 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. vGod Gave Me You” 9. “I Can Only Imagine” 10. “Your [sic] So Lucky to Have Me” 11. “Today I Wrote You Off” 12. “Good as Gone” (Louisiana Hayride Records), 2009
9 Songwriter/Guitar/Vocals Margaret Lewis,“Rockabilly Babies” “West Texas Homesick Blues” “Runaway Horses”, undated
10 “Rockabilly Babies” by Margaret Lewis [song about the birth of the genre], undated
DVD-R discs
1 Reconsider Me, The Mira Smith Story, a film by Peter Lippman, Lippsync/Portia Production, NTSC stereo (32 minutes), undated