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For the love of country music

Turlocker’s book informs and entertains

For the love of country music

Turlocker Jack Selover’s new book, “Little Known Facts About Country Music,” is packed with trivia from the heydays of country music.


POSTED June 14, 2011 6:53 p.m.

Did you know Willie Nelson once sold encyclopedias door-to-door or that while in the military, Johnny Cash was considered an excellent cryptographer? How about this little fact — Elvis Presley’s home Graceland, is the second most-visited home in the United States after the White House.

Those bits of trivia may leave some scratching their heads, but for Jack Selover, they are the factual details that have been the fodder for his book, “Little Known Facts About Country Music.”

Selover, who resides in Turlock, has amassed a mountain of trivia from the heydays of country music, but the book project began simply enough with a little note.

Selover’s daughter, Sherri, had left out a word-search puzzle and after perusing it for a minute or two, Selover thought he could create one using his knowledge of country music history and send it to a magazine.

“While doing the research, I noticed that Johnnie and Jack were born on the same day and I wrote it down in a spiral notebook,” Selover said. “I kept coming across other things of interest and I would put them in my notebook. I knew I would have a book someday.”

Selover said the book was put together “piece by piece” over several decades.

“I’d drop it at times, but then something would catch my attention and I’d go back to it,” he said.

Selover’s love of country music began as a young boy growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he would listen to disc jockey Smokey Smith and his “hillbilly” music.

The twang and harmony struck a chord with the young Selover and soon he was visiting the radio station where he got to meet country music stars like Hank Snow, George Morgan and Minnie Pearl.

It also inspired Selover to explore his own musical talents. Selover has performed at small venues and has written and recorded his own songs, but his musical ventures have always remained more of a hobby than a career path, he said.

“It wasn’t the good Lord’s plan for me,” Selover joked.

Selover’s book earned the recommendation of Grand Ole Opry performer Stonewall Jackson, who said the book, “not only entertains, but is informative. I’ve learned a lot about my colleagues, while educating myself on the history of this business that I love,” Jackson wrote.

Selover’s book sells for $13 for signed copies and can be obtained by e-mailing jamselover@charter.net or calling 656-9555.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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