Deacon Anderson

Born: January 4, 1925 and Died in Montgomery, Texas.

James "Deacon" Anderson was a Singer, Song Writer, and Steel Guitarist, who lived in Groves, Texas.


He had a recording studio in Port Neches, Texas, and 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."   Anderson wrote Ragg-Mopp while serving as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He has played with many musicians including Cotton Thompson, J.L. Jenkins, Darrell Jones, Richard Prine, Mutt Collins, and Mancel Tierney, and the Johnnie Lee Wills band.

His later release of “Mama Mama” on Atlantic Record’s Cotillion label also 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 most significant responses from the song and 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 by over thirty-five artists and was a hit for seven.

Johnnie Lee Wills and the Boys Performing "Rag Mop"
Followedd by 2) The Trenies and 3) The Muppets 
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