The Music Reporter Magazine Picture 1960
Left to Right - Dewayne Blackwell, Wesley Rose (Song Publisher),
Harry Finfer (General Manager Jamie-Guyden Records, Boudleaux
Bryant (song writer), and Ronald Blackwell.
Hello, my name is Glenda Blackwell Baxter. I want to
introduce myself and tell you about my ministry in music. I have
been singing since I was in my teenage years. I am from a
musical family, which began with my father Glen Blackwell (who
played guitar, fiddle and stand up base), my two brothers
(Dewayne & Ronald Blackwell) and my uncle Dearl Seagraves.
Picture of Dearl on Memorabilia 2 Page.
That was the beginning of my singing career. I sang, but
at that time didn't play a musical instrument. My brothers
(Dewayne and Ronald Blackwell) and I went on to do some
recordings in Hollywood and Nashville when I was in my early
twenties. We were known as "The Blackwells". We
recorded a couple of songs that made it into the Billboard
Magazine. The songs are "Unchained Melody" written by Hy Zaret &
Alex North and "Love or Money" written by my brother Dewayne.
These recordings are on YouTube. Dewayne and Ronald wrote a few
hit songs that others recorded.
Blue", recorded by The Fleetwood's in 1959, was written by
Dewayne and and "Little Red Riding Hood", recorded by Sam
The Sham and The Pharaohs' in 1966, was written by Ronald.
Ronald died in a car accident about that same time, so wasn't
living when "Little Red Riding Hood" became a hit. Several
other well known artists recorded many of their songs: Perry
Como, Everly Brothers, Bobby Vinton, Roy Orbison to name a few.
Even Elvis recorded a song called, "Just Let Me Make Believe
Awhile", written by my brother Ronald, but as far as I know, it
was never released. Roy Orbison did record it and the song was
on his album "Cry Softly Lonely One". Dewayne continued on to be
successful in song writing with many artists recording his songs
with two being quite well known in the country music field"
"Gonna Hire a Wino", by David Frizzell and his biggest hit,
"Friends in Low Places" by: Garth Brooks.
Dewayne did have a co-writer on that song. This is suppose to
be about me, but I thought it might be interesting to give
family background. My mother, Opal Blackwell, was also musically
gifted in writing songs. My sister, Sherri Schock and I began
singing in church and found that singing for the Lord, singing
about Him and singing to Him, is what we love to do in the music
world. My brother Brent is very gifted in singing and his
children also. I have two more brothers living in California
(Dennis and Vance) who are also musically inclined but didn't
pursue a musical career.
Thanks for reading about The Blackwell Family!
to read Jam Guy article about "The Blackwells"
2014 - Current