Summer’s slowly giving way to Autumn and we’ve just completed another jam packed issue of your favourite magazine. This time we have well written comprehensive stories of Billy Harlan, Royce Porter and Little Richard’s role model Billy Wright. We look back to March 1970 when Waylon Jennings, Jessie Colter and Willie Nelson visited Sweden with great colour shots from Göran Adolph and Bo Berglind. In April we reviewed the newly issued 45’ of the Heathens’ acetate recorded in the SUN studio on December 8, 1956 and here we feature an essay by one of the members, Kaye Garren, this thanks to Jim Cole. Andy Merey continues with his instrumental explorations and also brings us a short piece on the female duo the Short Cuts. The pioneering Swedish record dealer Rune Krongårdh, well known with his company Western Songs, passed away on June 17 and Red Jenkins has written an obituary We wish you all the best until the December issue which will be something really, really special for all lovers of the Memphis music scene.


Sommaren är på väg mot sitt slut och hösten gläntar på dörren, vi har ett nytt späckat nummer av favorittidningen som den här gången har mycket genomarbetade artiklar om Billy Harlan, Royce Porter och Little Richards förebild Billy Wright. Vi blickar tillbaka till mars 1970 då Sverige fick celebert besök i form av Waylon Jennings, Jessie Colter och Willie Nelson där Göran Adolph och Bo Berglind tagit bilderna. För något år sedan gavs det ut en skiva med the Heathens som spelade in två låtar i Suns studio i Memphis en 8 december 1956,   vi har en artikel om dem, vidare tuffar Andy Merey på med sina instrumentallåtar och har kommit till del 14, Andy har också gjort en liten artikel om tjejduon the Short Cuts. I somras förlorade skivförsäljaren Rune Krongårdh kampen mot cancern och avled den 17 juni och Red Jenkins har skrivit minnesorden. Vi önskar er alla en trevlig höst så hörs vi av när decembernumret kommer. Det blir något alldeles extra kan vi utlova alla Memphisfans.



American Music Magazine is published by the Swedish Rock 'n' Roll Club. We are a non profit organisation devoted to the 1950s rock 'n' roll music and our intention is to document, as far as possible, the early years of rock-a-billy, rock 'n' roll and its related artforms. The text of the magazine is in Swedish and English. Each issue is full of original photographs and discographies.

AM works in co-operation with the "Tales From The Woods" Roots Music Social Networking Group in the U.K. The aim is to collaborate to keep rock ‘n' roll, its history, and its many talented artists and musicians alive for posterity and future generations – this through sharing articles that have appeared in our magazines over the years, helping each other with publicity and generally spreading the word not just to the converted, but also to those yet to share our enthusiasm.


American Music Magazine är producerad av 1950s rockfans för rockfans och är en svensk tidning med både svensk och engelsk text. Tidningen utkommer med tre nummer om året och handlar företrädesvis om 50-tals rock 'n' roll, rock-a-billy och relaterade musikformer som exempelvis hillbilly/country och rhythm ’n’ blues. American Music Magazine drivs helt ideelt utan ekonomisk vinning.

American Music Magazine samarbetar med "Tales From The Wood - Roots Music Social Networking Group" som är ett namnkunnigt engelskt nätverk med bred verksamhet inom vår musik. Syftet är att gemensamt arbeta för att hålla rock 'n' rollmusiken, dess historia och dess många talangfulla artister och musiker levande för eftervärlden och kommande generationer - detta genom att dela artiklar som publicerats i våra respektive tidningar genom åren, hjälpa varandra med publicitet och sprida det glada budskapet inte bara till de redan frälsta utan också till sådana som ännu inte delar vår entusiasm och passion för denna musik.



Rune Krongårdh Sept. 10, 1931 - June 17, 2019


One of my best friends "Mr Western Songs" Rune Krongårdh has left this earth. He lost his fight against cancer and passed away June 17at the age of 87 - he was on his way to be 88 in September.

Around 1963-64 Rune was the first one in Sweden to import country records from the United States which he sold from his home in Bagarmossen, a suburb to Stockholm.

He also started a country music magazine called "Western Songs" that later on with new owners came to be Kountry Korral Magazine in which one Rune had a column called "Words from the Pioneer". He also arranged tours by bus to Norway where we had the pleasure to see Hank Snow, Willie Nelson and many more.

In autumn 1969 he opened a business shop for his activity at Svartågatan in Bagarmossen. It  became a popular place for country music lovers from all over.  I had the honour of painting a wall in the shop as a tribute to his favorite Stonewall Jackson.

When it came to rockabilly Gene Vincent was the one.

We did trips to US together and we visited most of the places that played honky tonk music and had cold beer.  Rune was "Stone Country" just like me.

Rune will always be remembered as an icon in country music in Sweden. The traditional country music was closest to his heart a genre he really did know about.

After closing his shop in 2001 on his 70th birthday he kept on selling country music from his home until his illness took his strenght away.

Rune was a true friend and he's gonna be missed by all country music lovers that came to know him. Besides music Rune loved sport and reading books.

There's a lot more I wanna say about my dear friend, but one thing's for sure we gonna miss you very very much now that you have earned your place in "Hillbilly Heaven"  and gonna meet Hank Williams, George Jones, Jean Shepard, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price and many more.

See you ole pal! - you will never be forgotten.

Red Jenkins (Björn Raita)


© Bo Berglind 2019