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Kingman Connection to Grammy Awards

If you watched the 2006 Grammy Awards show on TV, you might have missed the Kingman connection. Emmylou Harris won the Grammy this year for her recording of "The Connection".  This song was penned by songwriters Jack Wesley Routh and Randy Sharp.  Jack is a 1967 graduate of Kingman High School, and the son of Jack and June Routh.

The award was given for the Best Female Vocal Solo in the Country Music category.  According to Jack's high school friend, and former "Robin's Hoods" band mate Duane Locke, of Colorado Springs, it has given the Kingman native worldwide recognition as one of the nations most prominent songwriters.

Jack learned to play the guitar at age 13 and soon began performing throughout the midwest , recording his first record with the band “ Robin’s Hoods “ in Amarillo ,Texas in 1965 . At 23 he traveled to Nashville where he met Johnny Cash , who signed him to a songwriting contract . That meeting with Cash eventually led to Jack producing , with Jack Clement , and playing guitar on Cash’s records  Jack and his then wife, Carlene Carter, also produced a grandson for Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, John Jackson Routh.

More about Routh can be seen at his official web site, http://www.jackwesleyrouth.com

This story courtesy of the Kingman Leader-Courier, with additional material added by your webmaster

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