Kajac Korner (Kajac Record Co)

The Wild Cherries Band

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Established In 1984, For The Preservation of Music's Past, And Marketing Music's Future!

A Non-profit Organization For Those That Believe In Keeping Music Alive and Well
 And Supporting Our Museum On-Line!


"We Strongly Believe That A Music Art Form
That Forgets Its Past --- 
             Will Never Have A Future To Remember!"


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The Official Home of the Iowa/Midwest Music
 On-Line Virtual Museum

Our museum is just like a real building.....kinda..... go down any of the six hallways to do your research.  The six hallways are the Museum,  the Library, the Hall of Fame, the Elvis Museum, the Memphis-Related Labels discography, and the Sun Records Discography.  All these "rooms" are full of history and little known information with text, pictures, and various multimedia.  Feel free to "come on in", sit down, and browse our museum.
To Find What Your Looking For - Click On A Doorway Or Use The Search Box


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        ******NEWS  RELEASES*****

D.C. "Smokey" Smith

February 11, 1922 - February 3, 2014
Resided in Des Moines, IA
- See more at:
D.C. "Smokey" Smith

February 11, 1922 - February 3, 2014
Resided in Des Moines, IA
- See more at:

        D.C "Smokey" Smith

                                                                February 12, 1922 - February 2, 2014

D.C. "Smokey" Smith

February 11, 1922 - February 3, 2014
Resided in Des Moines, IA
- See more at:

The country music industry lost a legendary member when D. C. "Smokey" Smith passed away at home on Monday, February 3, 2014, due to complications following two surgeries for a traumatic brain injury. The former local radio and television personality, entertainer, recording artist, promoter and owner of Smokey Smith Tours would have been 92 on February 12.

He was born on February 12, 1922, in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. It was there he learned at an early age that singing and playing guitar created the perfect tempo for his life.
Smokey's career began in California, which spanned most of the 1940's as a recording artist and ballroom singer. It was there his reputation for constantly puffing on his favorite cigars earned him the lifelong and much preferred identity of "Smokey."

He later migrated to Des Moines in 1950, becoming a popular entertainer and broadcast personality on KRNT Radio. When KRNT-TV (now KCCI) began airing in 1955, he had the area's first live primetime country music television show. He later worked for local radio stations KWDM, KWKY and KNIA in Knoxville.

Smokey also promoted country music shows at KRNT Theater for 24 years. The early success of those events led him to include six other Iowa cities on his tours before expanding into six other states as well. This distinction earned him membership into an elite group of promoters known as "package show specialists" that controlled vast territory in their respective regions.

It wasn't an easy task handling every last detail of every event, some bordering on catastrophic, from an occasional headline artist who didn't show up to inclement weather which often did. Yet, adversity could never stifle that hair-trigger laugh so instantly recognizable even in a crowded room.

His tenacity proved to be the collateral earning him recognition as one of the premier promoters in the country. This wasn't the only reason he also became an icon in Nashville's entertainment community. Hiring every name act of the era would have probably qualified in itself, however, he also provided significant leadership in 1953 during creation of the Country Music Disc Jockeys Association.

By 1958 Smokey was serving as treasurer of the group and again displayed foresight in supporting a drive encouraging the membership to disband in favor of creating a much broader coalition known as the Country Music Association. He became one of the very first board members of the organization now recognized worldwide.

Smokey was a 33rd degree Freemason for 61 years, a 60-year member of the Knights Templar and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. A sampling of his many awards includes the Johnny Cash Award of Merit; induction into both Nashville's Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame and the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; the International Media Award presented by the Reunion of Professional Entertainers (ROPE) in Nashville and many other Iowa and regional awards.

The State Historical Society of Iowa honored him in 2011 by recognizing his many achievements with a special exhibit of personal memorabilia entitled "Smokey Smith: Iowa's Mr. Country Music." It was the first time the organization chose to honor an Iowa personality from the country music industry.

Smokey was always humbled by the special attention he received, even to the point of questioning whether he deserved it at times. To him, the crowning achievement in life was his family, especially the granddaughters and great grandchildren that simply knew him as "Papa."


His huge success in life was only eclipsed by a gregarious persona best described by entertainer Wanda Jackson, who lovingly saw him as "kind of a Santa Claus figure with a cigar." He had that that type of personality, too, she said, "always jovial and laughing all the time, just a happy guy."

Smokey was preceded in death by his mother, Vanera; wife Lucille and their son, Leon. He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Terry) Manley, of West Des Moines; granddaughters Diane (Brian) Ahrenkiel of Waukee; Christi (Christopher) Power of Van Meter and Mindy (Layne) Wardenburg of Clive; great-granddaughters Carolyn and Caylee Power; great-grandson Andrew Mason Ahrenkiel; sisters-in-law Estelline Jones of Marshfield, Missouri; Ophie Anderson of Burleson, Texas; Janell Shackelford of Austin, Texas, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

A visitation with the family present will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Iles Funeral Home – Westover Chapel, located at 6337 Hickman Road in Des Moines. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation. A private family graveside service will take place later at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

The family acknowledges special appreciation to HCI of Central Iowa for its compassionate understanding and steadfast commitment to provide Smokey with excellent health care.

Memorial contributions in Smokey's honor may be directed to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.




The Auction is over but some items remain for sale.

The bidders were not music people so all the chairs, dishes, furniture, forks and spoons sold but not the good stuff.

If you have an interest in any of these items then contact Harold at or (515) 989-3748

* records (albums, 45s, 78s, CDs) of all genres
Patsy Montana Vogue picture 78 rpm
* many articles of clothes that once belonged to stars  (all authenticated)
* Yamaha RX-11 drum machine
* Yamaha FB-01 sound module
* E-Mu Drumulator drum machine (w/MIDI option)
* AMR Sync Controller w/all documentation
* Professional adjustable drafting table and drafting tools
* Jerry Lee Lewis 45 rpm record of "Queenie"

and much, much more



The Iowa/Midwest Virtual Museum has in its archives the only known videotapes of some of the Lee Mace Ozark Opry shows and has converted them to DVD.  Watch this video to see how you can help support this museum and obtain a DVD of an actual Lee Mace Ozark TV show.

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If you would like to see the Hall Of Fame page for Lee Mace's Ozark Opry and find out more about the shows on these DVD's CLICK HERE.



Has New Book Release Entitled:  "Growing Up American",
A Journey of Discovery
ISBN 0-7414-5133-6

Published by: Infinity Publishing,
Also Available on ebay

-- There is a new addition to the Iowa/Midwest Virtual Museum --
The museum is now the host to the historical documentation of
 "The Wild Cherries" band, popular in the late 60s-early 70s.
CLICK HERE to go to the historical record.


Dave Dighton has released a newly remixed CD of his very successful 1976 Country Clover western swing LP record.  Copies can be ordered from Dave and Marilyn Dighton, 3342  120th ave, Coggon, Ia,  52218 or call 319-435-2184
Cost including postage and handling is $20 ea.

   For Information on the former DAVE DIGHTON BANDS, 
 history, pictures band members names and etc.    CLICK HERE

  "These news releases are a public service announcements and are not paid advertisements"


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(still under construction)

 This page will be the definitive authority on the history of Kajac Records and its subsidiaries of other labels and music publishing.  If you recorded at Kajac Recording Studio in Carlisle, Iowa or have any information or pictures on someone who did, please contact us at . We are going to include a "What Their Doing Now" section to follow-up from the original recordings. 

If you are one of the Recording Artists That Recorded In Our Studios, Or Had Recording Contracts with Kajac Corporation, Or were an employee we, would like to hear from you with information, pictures and follow-up on any original recordings you made in the studio. We want to inform you that you may be eligible for INDUCTION  into our Iowa/Midwest Country Heritage “Virtual” Museum, Library and Hall Of Fame

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