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Blakeley 150 150 ctx

Creator: W.W. Blakeley
Dates: nd
Quantity: 1 inch
Accession: 2002.250


Collection contains two publicity stills of cowboy poets and singers, Curly Jim Musgrave & Richard Olsen.


“Curly” Jim Musgrave: Curly was born in Calgary, Alberta, in the winter of 1949. “As nearby ranches would push cattle through to the stockyards, the cowboy soul within him was stirred and would never be stilled. Fate took him from Alberta’s wild rose country to California where he came to enjoy a career as a performer and writer. The Celt and Californio are reflected in his unique brand of Western music, which has earned popular and critical acclaim in the recent years he’s performed at festivals and gatherings throughout the US and Canada. In 2002 he even brought Hollywood’s who’s who to their feet in a star-studded tribute to Cole Porter following a search for a real cowboy to sing “Don’t Fence Me In.” Curly got the call!”

Curly Jim Musgrave: Western and Cowboy Poetry, Music and more at the Bar-D Ranch

Richard Olsen: Olsen has written and performed country music most of his life. In 2001 he signed with Sonic Records. Six songs from the two CDs he recorded with Sonic received extensive airplay worldwide. Several times he had four different songs charting in the top 20 on the “indie” charts. This included “Guilt Trip” topping the charts at number one, in September 2003. He was a member of the NSPRA (National Senior Pro Rodeo Association) where he competed in the bull riding and bareback bronc rough stock events. His wife Rayne is also his manager. He has his own music publishing company Swinging West Music. He has also performed in concert with such artists as Dan Seals, Doug Stone, John Conlee, Sylvia, T.G. Shepherd and Janie Frickie. He has performed at western festivals and poetry gatherings throughout the mountain west.

Album notes, Cowboy, Richard Olsen, Swinging West Music And Publishing, 2009.

This collection consists of one series, Publicity Stills, which contains two publicity stills, one of “Curly” Jim Musgrave and one of Richard Olsen.

Personal Names:
Musgrave, “Curly” Jim
Olsen, Richard

Subject Headings:
Poets, American-Portraits

This collection was accessioned in 2002 and filed along with other small cowboy poetry collections. Archivist Laura Anne Heller created the current finding aid on July 14, 2009.

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Series 1: Publicity Stills
Catalog # Description
2002.250.14 8×10 publicity still of “Curly” Jim Musgrave published by Curly J Productions [1]
2002.250.15 8×10 publicity still of Richard Olsen published by Sonic Records, Inc. Signed: “Happy Trails and Sunshine. Sincerely, Richard Olsen.” [1]
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