COMMERCE — The music of the late Ruby Allmond of Fannin County will be performed at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Monday, March 30.
Lou Ann Petty of Cumby, a singer who performs in the area accompanied by A&M-Commerce staff member Rob McWhorter on bass and a lead guitarist, will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Gee Library lobby. The public is invited to attend.
Petty will sing Allmond’s “Sing the Blues for Me, Baby,” “Sounds of Texas,” and “Walk On Woman.”
Allmond, who died in 2006 at the age of 83, was a musician and songwriter. The Bonham-area resident played the fiddle and guitar at country music shows primarily in the late 1940s and 1950s throughout North and Northeast Texas and Oklahoma. She entertained at Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn’s election campaign stops.
Her song “Reno,” sung by Dottie West and produced by Chet Atkins, rose to the Top Ten in national hit lists.
Special guest at the March 30 program will be Audra Brock of Bonham, who donated the collection of Allmond’s music to Gee Library last fall. The collection includes phonograph records, CDs, ring binders of photos of Allmond, show posters, and lyrics to all of her 90 songs, letters, sheet music, and reel-to-reel tapes of her singing and playing her songs.
In donating the items to A&M-Commerce, Brock, a close personal friend of Allmond’s, said, “I want to present this collection to the people of Texas. It is a great pleasure to work with Dr. Jim Conrad of Gee Library to preserve this collection.”
Both Brock and Allmond grew up on farms near Bailey in Fannin County and worked at Bonham State Bank. In the evenings, Allmond would come to Brock’s house to the recording studio they had built to work on her music, which Brock referred to as “swing fiddle” and “Texas Classic.”
The collection, which is housed in the library’s Special Collections Department, is “unique,” Conrad said.
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