Deke Dickerson's Photo Archive: Scotty Broyles

Scotty Broyles was a Texas-born mandolin player who was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego, in the early 1950s. During this time he began shooting color slides of everything from nature scenes to country music shows. Some of these images are literally the only known color photographs of particular musicians, and they make vividly present an era that is usually mired in two-dimensional black and white. These were real people, playing music and having a ball, during the most colorful and vibrant era of West Coast country music.

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At the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, late 1950s



Stonewall Jackson in a spiffy blue Western suit [Key#StonewallJackson]




Bill Haley and the Comets, an amazing color live shot! [Key#BillHaley]




A very young Brenda Lee, probably around the time of her first record [Key#BrendaLee]




Charlie Harris, Howard Rhoton, and a young and dapper Buddy Emmons (posing with his Bigsby pedal steel) [Key#BuddyEmmons]




Carl Smith [Key#CarlSmith1]




A very young Don Gibson performs using Carl Smith's guitar [Key#DonGibson]




The Glaser Brothers, later to find fame as part of the outlaw country movement, perform a trio vocal [Key#GlaserBrothers]




A great color shot of Grandpa Jones and his banjo [Key#GrandpaJones]




Hawkshaw Hawkins, years before he was tragically killed in the plane crash with Patsy Cline [Key#HawkshawHawkins1]




Members of Hawkshaw Hawkins's band [Key#HawkshawHawkins2]




Homer and Jethro backstage with Betty Broyles (holding Big D souvenir program) and unidentified fan [Key#HomerJethro1]




Jean Shepard, who was married to Hawkshaw Hawkins, belts one out while Hawkshaw's band backs her up. Jackie Phelps, later of "hamboning" fame on Hee Haw, plays electric guitar. [Key#JeanShepard]




June Carter dances while Mother Maybelle Carter plays the guitar and sister Helen Carter plays the accordion [Key#JuneCarter]




Kitty Wells, the queen of country music, belts one out [Key#KittyWells]




Johnny and Jack, legendary country duo [Key#JohnnyJack1]




Johnny and Jack on stage with legendary banjo player Harold Morrison [Key#JohnnyJack2]




A great shot of Little Jimmy Dickens with his Mosrite-customized acoustic guitar [Key#LittleJimmyDickens]




Marty Robbins, at the beginning of his career [Key#MartyRobbins1]




A very early photo of future superstar Mel Tillis [Key#MelTillis]




Minnie Pearl, in all her sartorial splendor, delights an audience [Key#MinniePearl1]




Moon Mullican, country piano man extraordinaire, belts out a boogie-woogie. Note cowhide cowboy hat! [Key#MoonMullican]




Ray Price, apparently taking a nap while flanked by harmony singer Van Howard and steel guitarist Jimmy Day [Key#RayPrice1]




Ray Price in action [Key#RayPrice2]




Famous country comedian Uncle Cyp [Key#UncleCyp]




Van Howard greets fans, including Betty Broyles on the left, after a show [Key#VanHoward1]




Van Howard live [Key#VanHoward2]




Webb Pierce belts one out, flanked by Van Howard [Key#WebbPierce]




Ferlin Husky [Key#FerlinHusky]




Hank Thompson's band cuts loose, a wall of Standel amps behind them [Key#HankThompson4]