Born: Gravelly, Arkansas, 1940.
Attended Central Arkansas, Conway, AR - BSE, MSE, ED.
Profession: Elementary Principal (1968-84)
Musical Career: includes lead singer for the original "THE SHADOWS" (1958-1966), "The Music Shoppe" (1966-1975), "Autumn Mist" (1975-1980) and solo artist (1980-Present).
Instrumentalist of the Year (1984) Arkansas Academy of Country Music.
Staff Musician for Arkansas Opry (1984-1987).
Shows: Ft. Smith Jamboree, Tommy Trent's Fun Barn, Arkansas Opry, Arkansas State Fair, Faulkner County Frolic, Havre, MT. Rodeo, Shawnee, Olkah, Showcase.
TV Steve Show's Dance Party, Little Rock Today, ETV Documentary, Arkansas Opry, Ozarkland Jubilee, Al Gannway Productions.
Radio: Ralph Emery's Opry Spotlight (WSM), Grant Turner's Sunrise Radio (WSM), Ft. Smith Jamboree (KWHN), Drifters Show (KCON), Arkansas Opry Radio North, Billy Cole Radio (WSM), Larry Dean Show (KXLR), Bill Dixon Show (KDXE), Ken Powers Show (Jacksonville), Bro. Hal (KLRA)
New Heartache and Wind Down (The Shadows)
You Can Count on Me and Ketchy (The Shadows)
East of Tulsa and Are You Really My Girl (The Music Shoppe)
Drinking Beer and Shooting Pool (The Music Shoppe)
Family Man and Everytime I'm Kissing You (The Music Shoppe)
Susie Jones and Run, Ruby, Run (Roy Cost)
Anchorage Coal Fields and My Kind of Woman (Autumn Must)
Stepping Out Cassette Album (Autumn Mist)
CD - Doomsday (Roy Cost)
CD - Stolen Memories (Roy Cost)
CD - Pending 2001: The Twelve of Never (Roy Cost)
Cost gives a lot credit to Nol & Wies Voorst who are faithful fans in Maastricht, Holland and DJ Rockin' Henri Sheets got him off to a good start on "Rockin' 'Round the Meerssen," the little man with the most dynamic sound in Rockabilly Radio's flagship station. Sometimes the Vroosts listen to the Roy Cost Show four or five times and Joyce Ramgate may have taken their spot as Cost's #1 fan.
In September 2005, Cost was ranked #33 in the world and #152 as a duet with Joyce Ramgate of Holland. As of December 19, 2005, Joce and Cost were ranked #1 on Soundclicks's "Country and Western" division with a "A Country Christmas" and #11 on the big chart of 16,584 songs. They had two other #1's as a duet including "Oh Lordy Lordy I'm Going Home to Jesus" and "Going Home for Christmas." His own "The Children Sang Hark The Herald Angles Sing" is currently #7 out of 1,946 on Soundclick's "Christian Country." His comedy character, "Cephes Magess' "I Had a Girl on Crockett Mountain" is #30 in the "Country Pop Division." Also currently Cost's recording of Ed Gowen's "Thank Old Martin Guitar" is #14 on the European chart. A duet by Joyce Ramgate and Roy Cost is a song written by him titled "I Just Can't Stand to See You."
He would like to thank you for listening to his recordings and your consideration would certainly be appreciated. He has over 200 sngs listed with BMI.
Roy Cost dies a daily country, western and gospel radio show at www.roycost.com heard 'round the world.
Posted April, 2005
SPOTLIGHT ON DJ'S.
From Rhon - http://www.rhonbob.com -- Roy is not only a wonderful DJ , he has a GREAT voice and top songs out.
I started my music career when I organized "The Shadows" in 1959. We had "New Heartache:/"Wind Down" which was a regional hit and it did very well in England but they pulled it after they found out we weren't Cliff Richard's band that other "The Shadows" group. I got my BSE and Masters at the ASTC College in Conway, Arkansas. It later became the University Of Central Arkansas. I became principal at Mayflower schools just outside of Little Rock.
In 65 Bill Black produced "You Can Count On Me"/"Ketchy" and it was a pretty successful record in the South. My career took a blow at Bill Black's death. I had a song in 66 on a minor label but was picked up by the giant KAAY and it got some airplay. I had to go to Viet Nam in 66 & 67 and that was another setback for me in music.
My most popular record came in 69 when I went back to Lyn-lou Studios in Memphis and did "East Of Tulsa". It was picked up by KAAY and KXLR in Little Rock and many of the national trucker stations. This exposure got me some dates on shows with Ralph Emery on Oprystar Spotlight, WSM Radio in Nashville and Grant Turner's Early Morning Show. I did "Family Man" in 71, others with The Music Shoppe and then "Anchorage Coal Fields" in 78 with Autumn Mist. I signed with Pyramind Records in Nashville and did "Susie Jones". They offered me some nice things but I had a family and a young son, Alan and then I had my career in education.
In 83 I left my Principal's job and went to work for recording artist, Dixie Harrison. We had a top Billboard Top 100, "Yes Ma'm He Found Me In A Honky Tonk" going at that time. I was a staff musician on the Arkansas Opry and Dixie and I just traveled around the country, doing, dates, Fan Fair and the showcases. Both of us have Indian hertage, her's Souix and mine, Choctaw and Cherokee.
In 93 I decided to get out of the clubs and play for sober people. That was the best decision I ever made and it was a healthier one. Today I work at broadcasting my daily radio program at www.roycost.com , write songs and make CDs. My latest release of other people's songs is "When A Man Loves A Woman". I just wrote "Rockabilly Baby" and will be recording it soon on CD. The late Floyd Cramer's widow, Mary Kitchens and myself grew up together in Gravelly, Arkansas. We were all great friends. Once Floyd got me a deal with Acuff/Rose Publishing in Nashville. He was such a great artist and man as well. I have plans to release my own version of "Last Date" and a narrative about our friendship. Currently I do the radio show and record for my own label Vega and part-time for EHKING, Santa Fe, Texas and T. J. Murr's Roadshow Record label in Oklahoma City. I have a gospel song coming out on Tony Hutchinson's Faith Tennessee label soon, "Just Turn Around And He'll Be There."
I do gigs for my own band, "Cedar Creek Arkansas" and work with recording artist, Dixie Harrison on Saturdays. I am a member of "The Rockabilly Hall of Fame" in Burns, Tennessee and a member of that Group and record Rockabilly Music in my spare time. I met Nol Voorst and Henri Smeets, Rockabilly DJ of Holland and have been recording rockabilly music for Northern Europe and in England with songs such "The Man From Maastricht" ; "That's Alright With You"; "I Like Rock & Roll',;"Thunder & Lightning" & "What's Your Name?" In 2004 I joined the EHKING label and in July I had my most popular song, "Rockabilly Baby" since my old 45rpm record of "East Of Tulsa" in 69. "Rockabilly Baby" went to #48 on the World's Most Played Chart. My follow-up was a traditional country recording, "It's My Memory Thinking" which has lasted through Jan., 05 currently ranking me at #73 on the world's most played chart. In Nov. I was #10 on the internet radio chart and had the #18 position in Christmas songs.
Each day I do a show with country music and talk and have my guests pop in regularly, some of whom are, Bojo Snodgrass, Cedrick Honeycutt, B.J. Gassaweigh, Cousin and Uncle Bojo, Old Nabob, Cephes Magess and others. Every Sunday I have a gospel program with music and a message geared to salvation and end-time prophecy.
Everytime I get a CD from the folks I listen and try to pick something that my audience will enjoy. My best fan ever is Nol Voorst and his family over in Maastricht, Holland. In 04 I wrote "The Man From Maastricht" to honor he and his wife, Weis. I have tagged him Rockabilly's #1 fan.
Rhonnie, I thank you for giving me this opportunity to tell my story.
Thanks, Roy Cost
2108 Arkansas Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72034
Email - email@example.com
Internet Radio - http://www.roycost.com
Posted October 30, 2004
Just a note to say hello. I enjoyed the Sonny Burgess email. Sonny and I played in those days at the Silver Moon there in Newport, a center for all kinds of rockabilly. The Pacers were the best band around back then and the best competetion for The Shadows and I. We were friends and they would sometimes give us, the younger guys their bad jobs, the ones they didn't want. That was in the days of no chicken wire and over in the rice country the clubs were quite dangerous. Occasionally we would appear on "The Steve's Show" there in Little Rock. The TV sock hop was a "forerunner" to American Bandstand.
Sonny's early trumpet player was Jack Nance. Jack went on to be Conway Twitty's drummer and by 63 my piano player. After Porkchop Tommy Makham also of Conway, Arkansas took over for Jack we spent a lot of time performing at the Silver Moon Club. Jack wrote "It's Only Make Believe" and those early great songs for Twitty. He is on my Bill Black produced 45rpm record "You Can Count On Me"/"Ketchy". Jack, a musical genius went on to manage the little Jackson boys and was the road agent for Dick Clark Productions for several years. All of the Twitty guys have passed on including steel player, Lew Houston.
I still do my daily radio show and record. My "Rockabilly Baby" got to #48 on the World's Most Played Artist chart and currently my "It's My Memory Thinking" is #170. That's out of 3,211 artists. On the last survey I outranked a couple of my heroes, Elvis and Glen Campbell and that was a plus. I will have a new overseas release next week on EHKING, Santa Fe, Texas entitled "Your Love's A Sweet Song Baby" and a rockabilly "That's Alright With You" on Roadshow Records of Oklahoma City. Hope you all are doing well. Roy Cost - www.roycost.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Con-Ark Music, Inc.
2108 Arkansas Ave.
Conway, Arkansas 72032
Posted April, 2001
Dixie Harrison, Charlie Louvin and Roy at the Opry
Connie Smith and Roy at the Grand Ole Opry