Songwriter Marijohn Wilkin (1920-2006) was one of Nashville's big hitmakers of the 1950s and '60s, penning classics such as "Long Black Veil" and "Waterloo," as well as the rockabilly sizzler "Cut Across Shorty." Kris Kristofferson was one of the many younger artists she helped get a leg up in Nashville, and he helped Wilkin write her first gospel hit, "One Day At A Time." Also, her son, John Buck Wilkin was a successful rock and pop singer in the 1960s, leading the surf-pop band Ronny And The Daytonas, and recording a couple of solo albums during the hippie era... with a little help from Mom, of course. Marijohn Wilkin recorded sparingly as a solo country artist, and after a religious awakening in the '70s, she began a long career as a gospel singer. Here's a quick look at her work...
Marion & The Jacks "Country And Western Songs That Sold A Million" (Columbia Harmony, 1959)
Marijohn Wilkin "Ballads Of The Blue And Gray" (Columbia, 1962) (LP)
Romy Spain "The Soul Of A Singer" (Dot, 1967)
Recorded under a pseudonym...
Marijohn Wilkin "I Have Returned" (Myrrh, 1974) (LP)
Marijohn Wilkin "Isn't it Wonderful" (Word, 1975)
Marijohn Wilkin "Where I'm Going" (Myrrh, 1975) (LP)
Marijohn Wilkin "Reach Up And Touch God's Hand" (Myrrh, 1976) (LP)
Marijohn Wilkin "Higher Than High" (Word, 1977)
Marijohn Wilkin "Lord, Leave Me A Song" (Dayspring, 1978) (LP)
Marijohn Wilkin "One Day At A Time" (Word, 1980)
Marijohn Wilkin "A Little Bit Of Jesus" (Moon Shine, 1981)
Marijohn Wilkin "His Kind Of Love" (Buckhorn Music)
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