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Ex-Austinite inducted into Rockabilly Hall

26 July 2009
Congrats are in order for Joyce Harris, who grew up in New Orleans, but lived in Austin in 1960 and '61 while recording such regional hits as "No Way Out" and "Dreamer" for Domino Records. The salty belter, who currently lives in Louisiana, was recently named to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn.

Domino was the first Austin record label, formed by 11 folks who met at night school and each chipped in $5 a month to get started. The company issued 16 singles, some featuring white singers backed by black bands, before dissolving in 1961. "The Domino Records Story", a European import, collected all the singles, including biggest label hit "You Cheated" by the Slades, in 1998.

Harris debuted with a rockabilly version of "I Got My Mojo Working", backed by the Daylighters, featuring Smithville’s Sonny Rhodes on guitar.

These days Harris plays mostly bluegrass.
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