Born: January 4, 1925 and Died in Montgomery, Texas.
James "Deacon" Anderson a Singer, Song Writer, Steel Guitarist, raised his family in Groves Texas.
He had a recording studio in Port Neches, Texas. He wrote the hit song Ragg-Mopp with Johnnie Lee Wills. He also wrote other country swing tunes such as "Red Hot Flame", and "I Hate To See You Cry". He was inducted into the steel guitar hall of fame in 2003 and numerous other country swing halls of fame including our own music hall of fame in Vidor, Texas. He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II which is when he wrote Ragg-Mopp and he has played music with many fellow musicians such as Cotton Thompson, Johnnie Lee Wills band, J.L. Jenkins, Darrell Jones, Richard Prine, Mutt Collins, and Mancel Tierney .
James “Deacon” Anderson released “Mama Mama” on Atlantic Record’s Cotillion label that caused an initial stir in the industry. He was typical of the artist in the new Atlantic Record’s Bag of artists. He was brought up in a music environment in Port Arthur, Texas and his father James Anderson, Sr. years before his career was associated with Moon Mullican, noted hillbilly piano player and pillar of the early country field.
Deacon Anderson, was influenced by his musical father and was on the writes of the R&B hit, “Rag Mop.” Deacon appeared on the Johnny Cash Show. He was bough to Atlantic Records by Huey Meaux, whose country and R&B roots are deep. Meaux cut the original disk in Houston.
Deacon’s “Rag Mop” was first recorded and released by Johnny Lee Wills and his Boys in December 1949. The Ames Brothers had one of the biggest responses from the song as well as the singing group The Treniers. It was also used in cartoon animation performances like Beanie and Cecil, Disney, The Muppets and performed on The Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” The song is still popular and has been covered (recorded) by over thirty-five various artists and was a hit for seven of those artists.