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Background Information

Employment History

Broadjam Inc

Boot Hill Museum

Youngest DJ and Singer On American Radio

Billboard

Affiliations

Member
Country Radio Broadcasters , Inc.

Member
Western Music Hall of Fame

Member
America's Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame

Member, Staff
KFDI

Band Member
Autry

Education

Academy of Western Artists Awards

Web References (74 Total References)


Country Radio Broadcasters

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Johnny Western Country Radio Broadcasters

Country Radio Broadcasters
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Johnny Western Johnny Western (born: Two Harbors, MN Oct 28, 1934) is an accomplished actor, performer and songwriter who got his start on, and currently works in, radio. Western decided to be a singer on his fifth birthday, when his parents took him to see a 1936 Western called Guns and Guitars starring Gene Autry. For his 12th birthday, he received a guitar and a year later he joined a trio which was hired by KDHL Faribault, MN in 1949. In addition to singing, he acted as a DJ and host, introducing live and recorded Country & Western music. He earned a mention in Billboard magazine as the youngest DJ and singer on American radio. In 1953, he joined KAUS, Austin, MS and became a singing cowboy on its sister station. KMMT-TV. In 1954 he moved to Hollywood and earned a place in Gene Autry's band, replacing Johnny Bond. as a guitarist and singer. After Autry retired from performing, Western did a pilot for a series called Pony Express which, in turn, led to appearances in more than 30 other television shows (including Gunsmoke) and several feature films, including The Dalton Girls, Fort Bowie, and Gunfight at Dodge City. In 1957, a new series called Have Gun, Will Travel went into production Western was cast in a small role in one episode, and while working on the show he composed a song about the series' hero, Paladin. "The Ballad of Paladin" was adopted as the show's closing theme. He joined Johnny Cash's band as a singer/guitarist band for six years, playing rhythm guitar on recordings such as "Johnny Yuma, The Rebel," and "The Little Drummer Boy," among many others. Western was also befriended by Marty Robbins who later participated in Western's recordings.
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Johnny Western was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame is 2000. He is currently heard on KFDI "The Ranch" from 11:00 to 4:00 pm daily.


Blazin Western Music Legend to Appear in Cottonwood

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Johnny Western will visit Blazin´M Ranch in Friday, April 29, 2011 Blazin Western Music Legend to Appear in Cottonwood

Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council, Arizona (USA)
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Cottonwood, AZ-"Have Gun, Will Travel" ranks among the best western TV shows of all times, thanks in no small part to the theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin."The evocative song's originator, music legend Johnny Western, will visit Blazin' M Ranch on Friday, April 29, 2011
Anyone who's ever imagined being a cowboy has the music of Johnny Western woven through his dreams.Elected to the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 2001, Western's career began at the age of 13 on the radio; he is acclaimed by Billboard magazine as American radio's youngest disc jockey and singer.


Johnny Western will visit ...

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Johnny Western will visit Blazin´M Ranch in Friday, April 29, 2011 Blazin Western Music Legend to Appear in Cottonwood

Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council, Arizona (USA)
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Cottonwood, AZ-"Have Gun, Will Travel" ranks among the best western TV shows of all times, thanks in no small part to the theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin."The evocative song's originator, music legend Johnny Western, will visit Blazin' M Ranch on Friday, April 29, 2011
Anyone who's ever imagined being a cowboy has the music of Johnny Western woven through his dreams.Elected to the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 2001, Western's career began at the age of 13 on the radio; he is acclaimed by Billboard magazine as American radio's youngest disc jockey and singer.


Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

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Johnny Western Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

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JOHNNY WESTERN Johnny Western (born: Two Harbors, MN Oct 28, 1934) is an accomplished actor, performer and songwriter who got his start on, and currently works in, radio. Western decided to be a singer on his fifth birthday, when his parents took him to see a 1936 Western called Guns and Guitars starring Gene Autry. For his 12th birthday, he received a guitar and a year later he joined a trio which was hired by KDHL Faribault, MN in 1949. In addition to singing, he acted as a DJ and host, introducing live and recorded Country & Western music. He earned a mention in Billboard magazine as the youngest DJ and singer on American radio. In 1953, he joined KAUS, Austin, MS and became a singing cowboy on its sister station. KMMT-TV. In 1954 he moved to Hollywood and earned a place in Gene Autry's band, replacing Johnny Bond. as a guitarist and singer. After Autry retired from performing, Western did a pilot for a series called Pony Express which, in turn, led to appearances in more than 30 other television shows (including Gunsmoke) and several feature films, including The Dalton Girls, Fort Bowie, and Gunfight at Dodge City. In 1957, a new series called Have Gun, Will Travel went into production; Western was cast in a small role in one episode, and while working on the show he composed a song about the series' hero, Paladin. "The Ballad of Paladin" was adopted as the show's closing theme. He joined Johnny Cash's band as a singer/guitarist band for six years, playing rhythm guitar on recordings such as "Johnny Yuma, The Rebel," and "The Little Drummer Boy," among many others. Western was also befriended by Marty Robbins who later participated in Western's recordings.
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Johnny Western was inducted into the Country Music D J Hall of Fame is 2000. He is currently heard on KFDI "The Ranch" from 11:00 to 4:00 pm daily.


KFTI

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The Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame will induct Johnny Western for his contributions to western music.

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Johnny Western never thought about being inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Sure, he performed nearly 40 years with Johnny Cash and is internationally known as the singer and composer of the catchy theme from "Have Gun, Will Travel."
And he'll soon be the first western performer to sing three times at New York's Carnegie Hall.
"I just figured I never had a chance at the Hall of Fame because I was born in Minnesota and not Kansas," Western said.
But after 18 years as a fixture at Wichita's country radio station KFDI (now renamed KFTI on the AM side), Western, 69, will be one of five Kansans inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend during the annual three-day Cowboy Symposium in Dodge City.
"I'm flattered, I'm honored, I'm humbled. It's totally unexpected," Western said.
"I guess I've traveled around and talked up Wichita and Kansas enough for me to be considered more Kansan than anything else."
Western is the only entertainer among this year's inductees.
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Western began singing on the radio at age 13, then moved to California at 19 to break into show business. At 20, he was hired by Gene Autry as his lead singer and personal guitarist during Autry's last two years of touring.
"He was my whole reason for being in the business. I saw one of Gene Autry's movies when I was 5 and never got over it," Western said.
"I couldn't believe it. Who gets to work for your hero?"
When Autry stopped performing, Western dabbled in movies sporadically from 1957 to 1963.
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Western performed on more than 70 of Cash's songs and five of his albums.
"When Johnny died, I was just a couple of months shy of being on the road with him for 40 years," he said.
Western still makes frequent concert appearances around the country besides his on-air work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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This year, Western will again emcee and perform with the Prairie Rose Wranglers.
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They were even scalping tickets in front of the theater," Western said of the 2,800-seat hall. About 500 were filled by Kansans who made the trek to New York.
"I didn't know it until afterward, but we had celebrities in the audience who even had to pay their way in," Western said.
Among them, he said, were former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rush Limbaugh.
"This year's show will be all western music and presentation, not country," Western said.
"We were so successful last year that they signed us up again before we ever left the building."
NOW YOU KNOW JOHNNY WESTERN

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