Happy birthday, Jewell

Please join us in sending up Happy Birthday thoughts to Jewell, who would have turned 97 on June 22. She was born June 22, 1920, in Delta County, Texas, to James and Minnie Hancock and grew up on her sharecropper father’s farms in Delta and Red River counties near Annona. Her parents were no-nonsense, hard-working […]

Jewell the gardener

Friends, this is Part 1 of “Remembering Jewell,” an occasional series based on memories of her beyond songwriting. We hope these little stories will give you a more personal sense of what Jewell was like. Knowing Jewell was to know a gifted gardener. Jewell had a great green thumb and knew how to contend with […]

Magazine salutes Jewell

1956: “Cowboy Songs” magazine features Jewell in its “Women In The News” roundup (pictured at lower right on the page). They write: “Radio Station KCMC, Texarkana, Texas, lays claim to being first for one of the best Country-Western d.j. shows in that part of the country. The show we’re referring to is the ‘Jewell House […]

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, […]

GoDaddy overhauling Jewell’s website

We’re excited to announce that GoDaddy is overhauling Jewell’s website, http://www.jewellhousetribute.com. Improvements will include a beautiful new format with rich color, crisp and highly legible typography (at last) and more. The new version should be up by mid- to late May. We had a great conference call with Jeremy Delaney on Thursday followed by a […]

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 […]