John Wayne: Recording Artist

The back cover of Duke's album

Every 4th of July, the town I live in has a huge fireworks display.  A local radio station simultaneously broadcasts a collage of patriotic music and snippets of audio from famous American speeches and recordings.  Among those are John Wayne reciting the Pledge of Allegiance followed by an excerpt of Elvis Presley singing “An American […]

In Harm’s Way

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“We’re trying to determine how far it’s gone.”  The words of the radiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California must have sent chills down the spine of John Wayne as he prepared for another round of X-rays.  “Are you telling me I have cancer?” asked Wayne.  The radiologist’s simple, matter of fact response of […]

Whatever Happened To . . .

John Wayne and Jim Hutton

I love that AMC shows John Wayne movies frequently.  With regular television now providing only crime shows, reality shows, or sitcoms that would’ve received an R rating a few years ago, it is nice to be able to go to a channel and find a classic from the Duke. The other day, I happened to […]

God and the Duke

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“What’s this I hear- you got religion?”  John Wayne studied the man’s face for his reaction to the straight-forward question.  Duke had become acquainted with Stuart Hamblen when Hamblen had appeared in Duke’s 1945 film, “Flame of the Barbary Coast.” Even by then, Hamblen had become a well known womanizer, gambler, and alcoholic.  But something […]

A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course…

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Roy Rogers had “Trigger”, the Lone Ranger had “Silver”, and Gene Autry had “Champion.”  But what about the greatest celluloid cowboy of them all, John Wayne?  Even Jeopardy! contestants would have a hard time naming horses ridden by the Duke in his movies.  There are a few reasons for this. First of all, Wayne usually played […]

Fifty Shades Of Wayne

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Much has been made of the popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series as several news stories have detailed its popularity among housewives and soccer moms.  Over 65 million copies of the first steamy volume have been sold worldwide and sales have outpaced even the Harry Potter series in paperback.  Many are anticipating […]

John Wayne: All American

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Soon the college bowl season will be in full swing with the pinnacle being the Discover BCS Championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.   The game will be played January 7 on ESPN beginning at 8:30 PM eastern time.  ESPN will no doubt present the storied histories of the two schools’ gridiron programs.  Images of “Bear” […]