Jewell launches column

March 10, 1956: Cash Box’s Country Roundup carries an item about Jewell’s new country music column for the weekly Two States Press in Texarkana: “Writing a very interesting column for the ‘Two States Press’ of Texarkana, Texas, is Jewell House, well-known songwriter in country music. Miss (sic) House recently inaugurated a new column featuring stories […]

A song for the ages

Great Country songs live long and prosper in the hearts of generation after generation. That’s true of Jewell’s “My Son Calls Another Man Daddy” for Hank Williams. Released by MGM in March 1950, the song still earns royalties as the latest royalty statement from Sony/ATV documents. Biggest earnings came from Australia, the U.S., U.K., Holland, […]

Faron Young: unexpected, unforgettable

Researching Jewell House’s career occasionally yields unrelated anecdotal gems such as this one about Faron Young, a friend of Jewell’s from the time she met him in ’51 at the Louisiana Hayride until her death in ’71. Ann Biagioli Lorenz, a high school buddy of Jewell’s son David, recalls the day in either ’55 or […]

Branson: Jewell’s kind of place

If Jewell were still with us, she would have added to Shreveport and Nashville a third pinnacle from which to launch great work: Branson, Mo., the “live music capital of the world.” Bigger than Las Vegas, Nashville, you name it. Her oldest son, David, and his wife, Andra, experienced Branson firsthand last October, thanks to […]

E. Texas museum honors Country giants

Jewell would love the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and The Tex Ritter Museum in Carthage, Texas, where Texas-born giants in Country music are honored for all time. Many of Jewell’s friends and colleagues are enshrined there in an architecturally fabulous museum reminiscent of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on a […]

A 10-question trivia game

Here’s a 10-question trivia game from content on for anyone who would like to try it out on friends: 1. Who wrote My Son Calls Another Man Daddy, Hank Williams’ release in 1949? What inspired the song? Country songwriter Jewell House of Texarkana, Texas, wrote the song. She got the idea from a short story […]

Jewell and Faron: A nugget turns up

With thanks to Jewell’s great-nephew, Wayne Hill, we can share this photo from one of his scrapbooks — a snapshot of Jewell and emerging superstar Faron Young backstage at the Louisiana Hayride, maybe in the mid-‘50s, judging by Jewell’s hairstyle. Wayne responded when I urged family members to share any memorabilia they may have that’s related […]

Jewell’s catalog: questions and clues

Thanks to Gerilynn Pearce at Universal Music Publishing Group in Nashville, here’s a look at Jewell’s Cedarwood Publishing Company catalog, listing only 19 songs she either wrote or co-wrote. Such a short list was shocking at first glance. Why so few by a prolific songwriter? Jewell wrote hundreds of songs for artists and music publishers such […]