West Texas in The 50's
The untold story of the Cavaliers 1956-1964
Rockabilly Heaven - ISBN 978-0-615-54048-1
Cover design by Gary Scott Holmes, Crowley, Texas
Ft. Phantom Lake Publishing - Ft. Worth, TX
Elvis, Scotty and Bill are often credited as being
pioneers of a style of music referred to as "Rockabilly," and
for many they were its first introduction. At the very least they were
in great part responsible for altering the course of many young aspiring
entertainers, several from West Texas, in particular, Buddy Holly and
One aspiring band from San Angelo, Texas that got its
start in 1956 and would get to meet and perform with many of their idols
was the Cavaliers. They were initially comprised of Alton Baird, Carroll
Smith and Sid Holmes. Rockabilly Heaven is a book recently
written by Sid and is basically told as the recollections and
experiences of the Cavaliers, with chapters on the artists they met and
were inspired by and their attempt to make it in music from 1956 to
Not all of the details are completely accurate, at least
regarding the minutia in histories of some of their idols, but what it
lacks in that respect it certainly makes up for in the plethora of
photos from that era. Some you've seen before and have been reprinted, but others are unpublished.
Three in particular that we liked were of Scotty and
Thomas Wayne backed by Sid and the Cavaliers. Scotty especially liked
these because he and Thomas were very close, like brothers and Scotty
really suffered when Thomas was killed in an auto accident. Years ago
while at a guitar show in Dallas, he had a few minutes to look at Sid's
scrapbook and was mildly surprised seeing himself with Sid's Fender Telecaster.
The first 100 copies of the book have been distributed
with a bonus CD by the Cavaliers. Many copies were given to area school,
college and town libraries in addition to former band members and
artists' families. Copies of "Rockabilly Heaven" West Texas in the 50s...the
Untold Story of The Cavaliers can be obtained through the West
Texas Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Arthur Smith's Guitar Boogie Shuffle by Sid Holmes and Cavalier
Page added March 27, 2012
Special thanks to Sid Holmes for the use
of the pictures and for our copies of the book.
All photos on this site (that we
didn't borrow) unless
otherwise indicated are the property of either Scotty Moore or James V.
Roy and unauthorized use or reproduction is prohibited.