2014 West Texas Walk of Fame Inductees Announced

Published 08/22 2014 07:57PM

Updated 08/22 2014 08:02PM

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board announces five inductions into the West Texas Walk of Fame.  The honorees are: Jay Boy Adams, Lew Dee & Diana Dee, Andy Wilkinson, and Jaston Williams.  The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 19 in the Moe Turner Banquet Hall at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Jay Boy Adams, a singer, songwriter, and producer, began playing music in his early teens.  Jay was one of the hardest working acts on the American tour circuit in the late 1970s following the release of his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records in 1977. Spending some 200 to 250 days a year on the road, he shared concert bills with such acts as ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt, The Kinks and many others.  Jay left the stage in the early 1980s and founded Roadhouse Transportation creating custom touring coaches that he leases to musicians.  During this time, he mentored and managed Texas musician Pat Green.  Nearly 15 years after leaving the stage, Jay Boy Adams has returned with the release of two albums and live performances.

Lew Dee & Diana, The longtime Lubbock radio team known as “Lew Dee & Diana” began their radio show in 1978. A native of Anton, Diana Dee started her media career in the 1970s as fashion editor of The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and host of “The World of Women” on KSEL-TV (now KAMC-TV). After serving as fashion coordinator, buyer and media buyer for Latham’s Department Store, she opened Diana’s Doll House in 1976. In 1978, she joined Lew Dee on the Morning Show on KEND, and the couple was married in 1988. From 1991 to 2002, they starred in KKCL radio’s morning show while managing the station. During the 1990s, the Dees also produced two cable shows: “TTO” and “Country Music Video’s Live from The Midnight Rodeo.” In 2002, they launched a new radio station, Stars 104.3, for Ramar Communications, as general manager, sales manager and co-hosts of the station’s morning show. Lew Dee started his broadcasting career with R.B. “Mac” McAlister in the sales department at KUKO and KUCO in Littlefield and Post in 1960. He went on the air for the first time on Littlefield’s KZZN radio that same year. In the late 1960s, he starred in a KSEL-TV show called “Lew Dee’s Saturday Night Theater”. The show won a national award for most-viewed program on a UHF station. His most successful radio show was “The TTO,” a 1960s KSEL show starring Lew and on-air partner Bill McAlister. Lew worked on the air and in sales for KSEL radio and television until 1972, followed by positions at KEND radio from 1972 to 1988 and KKIK from 1988 to 1990 before he and Diana went to 98 KOOL in 1991.

Andy Wilkinson is a poet, song writer, singer, and playwright whose particular interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains.  Andy has recorded eleven albums of original music and has written eight plays: among them “Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night,” a one-man show performed by Mr. Barry Corbin (1985 Walk of Fame honoree); the musical drama “My Cowboy’s Gift;” “The Soul of the West” (written with Red Steagall); and "A Way In the West," a one-woman show performed by Ms. Trudy Fair.  His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, and six National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards in four different categories.  He is Artist in Residence at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, where he is also a visiting assistant professor in the School of Music.  In addition to his writing and teaching, Andy continues to perform.

Jaston Williams Is co-author, co-star and producer of Tuna Does Vegas and the Tuna Trilogy. His performances have played on and off Broadway at the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh International Arts Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and all over America. Jaston received the L.A. Dramalogue Award for both Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas. A Tuna Christmas was published in "Best Plays of 1995." For several years, he toured in Larry Shue's The Foreigner. He performed in The Fantasticks and directed the musical Bad Girls Upset By The Truth. Jaston received the Texas Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a Native Texan and has performed at the White House on three occasions. He has appeared at the State Theatre in Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs and at Zachary Scott Theatre in Jay Preston Allen's Tru, for which he received the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Actor in a drama. He most recently appeared at Zachary Scott Theatre in The Laramie Project. He work-shopped his autobiographical one-man show I'm Not Lying to critical acclaim at various venues. He has written and performed several critically acclaimed one man shows, Cowboy Noises, Camping With Gasoline, Blame it on Valentine, Texas and his latest Maid Marian in a Stolen Car, and has been seen recently with friends Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Jo Carol Pierce in their performance piece, Is there Life After Lubbock?  Jaston is the recipient of the 2013 Texas Medal of the Arts.

West Texas Walk of Fame

In the late 70s, Larry Corbin, Jerry Coleman, and Waylon Jennings initiated the idea of an award for famous artists and musicians from the West Texas region.  In 1983, Civic Lubbock, Inc. began their tenure as the custodians of the “Walk of Fame” with the induction of Mac Davis.  “The West Texas Walk of Fame was established to honor those individuals who have devoted a significant part of their lives to the development and/or gained recognition in the promotion or production of arts, music and/or entertainment, and who have an affiliation to Lubbock and the West Texas Area.”

(News release by the City of Lubbock)

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