When Al Hawkes was in the Air Force, serving primarily in North Africa, his commanding officer learned he had a first class radio operators license and assigned him to doing radio programs for Armed Forces Radio as well as to performing for the troops. He also had the opportunity to learn how to use up-to-date recording equipment of the time. On his return to civilian life, he soon started, with partner Richard Greeley, a recording studio called Event Records, which continued to to operate through the fifties and sixties, while Al continued to build his collection. During this time they recorded Dick Curless, Hall Lone Pine, Charlie Bailey (of the Bailey Brothers), The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, guitarist Lenny Breau, Curtis Johnson, and others.
The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover