above: Johnny at the counter of Randy's Records in Gallatin,
TN circa 1951.
to enlarge: 2/26/51
Circle Records' memo from Recording Director Rudi Blesh.
Write to Johnny Maddox!
Send mail to:
2231 Hartsville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
complete bio. |
- Over 11,000,000 records sold. 50 albums
and 87 singles. 9 gold singles.
- Johnny has his own star on Hollywood Boulevard.
- Grateful Dead followers may recall a reference
to Johnny in the song Ramble
- First artist ever recorded on Dot Records.
First record recorded May 19, 1950. It had "Crazy Bone Rag"
on one side and "St. Louis Tickle" on the other. In 5 weeks
it sold over 22,000 copies. Dot went on to later handle the
Mills Brothers, Bill Vaughn, Pat Boone, Liberace and Eddie
- In 1954 he was voted "America's No. 1
Jukebox Artist" by the Music Operator of America.
- In 1955 he recorded "The Crazy Otto Medley", the first ragtime record
to sell over 1,000,000 copies. This record was #1 on the charts for 14 weeks. In all it
sold over 2,000,000 copies.
- Knew and played with musicians such as Patsy
Cline, Eddie Arnold, W. C. Handy, Joe Jordan, Charles
L. Johnson, Clyde McCoy, Ted Lewis, Tony Pastor, Lawrence
Welk, Sammy Kay and Eddy Howard.
- A noted musicologist, he knows over 3000
pieces of music by heart. He also has one of the largest music
collections of ragtime, Dixieland and early jazz. Has over
30,000 78 records and Edison wax cylinders. His sheet music
collection totals over 100,000 pieces.
- He is dedicated to the preservation of ragtime
and to playing ragtime as it was played in the original dance
tempos of the era.
music has always had a certain rambunctious rollicking quality
that is uniquely his and instantly recognizable. It is this
style of his that brings so vividly to life the era of ragtime
and blues. It was this dedication to turn of the century melodies
that led him to start recording ragtime in 1950. Johnny went
on to singlehandedly bring this indigenous American music back
to the national consciousness.
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