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Juke Boxes, Pool Halls, and Duck Tails

When Jan 20, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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Contact Phone 563-547-2540
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Layton Zbornik

     Layton Zbornik, an Iowa native born and raised in Albia, began singing on the radio at the age of 8. While still a teenager, he wrote and recorded Iowa's first Rock & Roll record titled Janet, under the name of Jerry Martin. Layton went on to make several more recordings during his teen years. In 1960, he left the stage, got married and supported his new bride by playing pool. In 1961 he began what would become a very successful radio career that made him one of the top DJ's in America. Eventually he went into broadcast management and owned his own PR firm while living in Nashville. At the age of 45, he returned to Iowa and started going to college. He then taught Language Arts for 15 years in northern Iowa. He wrote a book, Power to the Young People and designed a peer mediation program that garnered him national attention for his work in bringing peace into the schools. In 1998, he was inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Today, Layton still performs with his band, as well as performing solo. He has three solo CD releases, Life in 4/4 Time, On the Road with Ike, and Legacy. He's also featured on several Hall of Fame Anthology CD's and his music is available on over 10 CD's on release all over the world. He and his wife Marla of almost 50 years, who is also a performance artist in her own right, live in a converted store in downtown Rudd, IA. He can be reached at or at (641) 512-3468 (cell).

Juke Boxes, Pool Halls and Ducktails      This program is an entertaining look at those good old days of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, seen from the perspective of a young man who grew up in rural small town Iowa and experienced the cultural changes to his society brought on by the music of the time. This fun and entertaining program is full of great memories and music and good for all ages.

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