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  • WAYNE NEWMAN was born August 20, 1935 in a small town called Dry Prong in south Louisiana.

  • He graduated high school in 1953 from Ouchita Parish High School in northeast Louisiana.

  • He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served eight years of active duty and reserve duty.

  • He began playing music at clubs and jamboree all over the south in the mid to '50s.

  • In 1959 he and a friend, Mr. D.Q. Rankin formed NEW RANK RECORDS and began recording their music.

  • Back then he would hire a DJ at WNOE radio station in New Orleans to record him and his band due to lack of recording studios.

  • He later recorded for Americana Records as well.

  • He has shared the stage with numerous artists such as Porter Wagoner, Jim and Jessie, Jimmy Martin, Harmy Smith, Wayne Busby, Doyle Holly, Wilford Ray and many, many others.

  • His song, MIDNIGHT RAIN has been released world wide and is still being played 45 years after it's release.

  • He now resides in Northeast Louisiana in a small town called Start, Louisiana.

  • Wayne still performs whenever possible and still loves writing and recording his music.

    Posted April, 2006

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