From:  Forrest Brandt

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Bonnie Wait [sic. Rait] comes to mind, but her dad, John Rait, was an A list singer on broadway.  And Bonnie is still an A list performer with a broad repertoire that includes C&W.

Forrest

NB:  There in a "Bonnie Rait" on Wikipedia, but it does mention that she had performed in Vietnam or who her parents were.  However, "John Rait" is also on Wikipedia, and it states that he had a daughter by the name of "Bonnie Rait."  Webmaster


     From:  Orlin Pettit

   Dated:  March 2, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Jim, I think you've got it.  I thought I has sent a reply to you but apparently I didn't .  I seem to remember looking at a YouTube video that one of the guys you mentioned as having been the the band with Leta posted (or at least an Aussie in a touring band). It was remarkable as they were at an airport in Vietnam and caught on film a mid-air collision between a jet fighter and an Air Vietnam DC-6, taking the tail off the airliner.  It went in with no survivors . I can't find a link to it anywhere or a record of the crash. 
Orlin Pettit Gastonia NC


     From:  Orlin Pettit

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Can someone remind me of the name of the American girl that played with her country music band in the late 60's in Vietnam. She was regularly seen on "Nashville Vietnam."  I saw her live at the club at the Capitol Hotel BEQ on Dong-Khanh St. in July '69.  I remember that her father was one of the second tier country music singers back in the States.  I can remember her face, but I draw a complete blank on her name. 
Orlin Pettit 
175th RRC Bien Hoa Army Base 69-70


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    From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Damn Mike.....

The moonshine in Atlanta must be a mite stronger than that here in NC.    If I have not pickled my brain too much.....wasn't Dorothy Kilgallen the lady on the game show panels....such as what's My Line with. Bennett Cerf....a book publisher....  She had a daughter Jill who was 24-in 1969.  But I would be willing to bet she never heard a country song...from her moms NY Penthouse..... 

Dickie...redneck...DJ.


     From:  Mike Jackson

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Damned [Dickie],  I think you might be right.  She was sure 'nuff a different lady from all those others.  Maybe it was Ethel Merman I was thinking about.  You know, that "I'd like to shout a song at you" lady. 
MikeJ


     From:  Dick Ellis

   Dated:  March 3, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Here is a photo I took of an Aussie group who came by our station in 1967.  They were called the "New Cords"

Dickie

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     From:  Mike Jackson

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

It wasn't Dorothy Kilgallen, was it?

MikeJ


     From:  Orlin Petttit

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

This young lady had a mini-skirt, go-go boots, and big hair as I recall.

Orlin Pettit

Gastonia, NC.


     From:  Forrest Brandt

   Dated:  February 23, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

That should have read Bonnie Raitt and John Raitt. 
*&*^%%$#@ auto correct.


     From:  Jim Anderson

   Dated:  February 24, 2017

Subject:  Old Age and a Bad Memory

Was it Leta Frizzell, daughter of country legend Lefty Frizzell? 

PERRY MARTIN Vocals/Lead Guitar 
At a very young age Perry wound up playing in a country show band,  "The Donny James Show" and toured South Vietnam during 1968 -69. 
The band were eventually given there own weekly television show on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.  The show was called, appropriately, "Nashville Vietnam."  "We would generally record four or five shows at a time in the studios in Saigon and then tour for a few weeks." 
The female vocalist of the band was Leta Frizzell, daughter of country legend Lefty Frizzell, who later toured with the band himself for a couple of months as a guest star.  They also had guests on their Armed Forces Network TV show such as Hank Snow Jr. and Sheb Wooley of "Rawhide" and Purple People Eater fame.