Hillcrest Dance Hall Poster - Jack Kingston & Wally Traugott

A poster for a dance (about 1960) at the Hillcrest Dance Hall - near Simcoe Ontario.

The show includes fiddler Wally Traugott, the composer of "Snowflake Breakdown". (See tune entry)

The headliner is Jack Kingston- October 4, 1925 - May 18, 1996

As a youngster Jack Kingston sang in church choirs in St. Catharines, Ontario and by his late teens was performing on CKTB radio with The Kingston Brothers, (brother Alex Kingston, and friend Alex Dalgleish). In the late 1940's Jack Kingston joined the Wingham, Ontario-based CKNX "Traveling Barn Dance", where he was nick-named "The Yodeling Cowboy".

Jack was the first Canadian country artist to be signed to Capitol Records and became a member of the famed Main Street Jamboree, a radio show aired across Canada, and was later produced for TV at CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario.

As a recording artist Jack Kingston released albums on the Birchmount and Marathon labels. Many of the songs he recorded were original tunes he had written with several of them relating to special events on the Canadian scene, including "How Far Is She Now?", a song celebrating Canadian swimmer Marilyn Bell's 1954 crossing of Lake Ontario; and coal mining disaster songs such as "Springhill Mine Explosion" and "Miracle Of Colliery Two"; and "The Noronic Disaster", a song about the 1949 fire aboard a cruise ship docked in Toronto harbour.


Title Hillcrest Dance Hall Poster - Jack Kingston & Wally Traugott
Subject Ontario Fiddle Hit Parade Other Music, Dance & Entertainments Pictures
Year 1960
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Dance Hall Jack Kingston Simcoe Wally Traugott


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