Country/rockabilly singer and songwriter John Grimes, better known as Hillbilly Barton, Billy Barton, or Billy Boy Barton, died October 8, 2011. He was born in 1929 in Kentucky and at age 21, moved to California where he appeared on KXLA and recorded for Abbott Records. He later also recorded for King, Radio, Gulf Reel, and Sims among others. He was the composer of "A Dear John Letter," a #1 hit for Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard.
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Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.