The late Leo C. Helmer loved music of all kinds, especially holding a life long fondness however for country music which included Western Swing. Because of his avid interest in sharing that music and its history, including articles about The Light Crust Dough Boys, he was named an Honorary Lifetime Member of that organization.
Although he is gone, the valuable resource of his research and compilations of that genre remain as does The Light Crust Dough Boys organization headed up by Art Greenhaw. (See pic at bottom of page.)
- October 2000: A Short History of Western Swing
- April 2002: More On Western Swing
- September 2002: Some More Western Swing
- October 2004: A Lot More Western Swing
- August 2005: A Little More About Western Swing
- September 2007: Historical Western Swing - The Lightcrust Dough Boys
- October 2007: The Latest on the Doughboys – THE LIGHT CRUST DOUGH BOYS DESIGNATED
- October 2007: Historical Western Swing - Shelly Lee Alley and His Alley Cats
- November 2007: Current Western Swing
- November 2007: Update on The Light Crust Doughboys
- December 2007: Historical Western Swing - Milton Brown
- January 2008: Historical Western Swing - Spade Cooley
- March 2008:The Light Crust Doughboys To Appear In First 2008 Concert
- April 2008: Light Crust Doughboys Update
- May 2008: Western Swing Personalities-Art Greenhaw
- June 2008: Western Swing Personalities-Adolph Hofner
- June 2008: For All My Readers Who Like My Unending Western Swing Articles - Music Link 'Smokey' Montgomery playing banjo
- November 2008: Western Swing Personalities-Hank Thompson
- December 2008: Western Swing Personalities-Wade Ray
- February 2009: Historical Western Swing - Cindy Walker
- June-July 2009: Latest on Light Crust Doughboys - What A Small Town In Texas Is Doing About The Wal-Mart Effect
- September 2009: Some More about Western Swing - Bill Haley and His Comets
- October 2009: Bulletin from Light Crust Doughboys - Tom Brumley/Art/T-Byrd/Doughboys "R&B AMERICANA!"
- May-June 2010:Keeping up with The Doughboys - The colorful new newsletter for the Light Crust Doughboys carries their history as written by Charles R. Townsend, Professor of History, West Texas A & M University reprinted from News from McWhorter-Greenhaw Music & Heritage Center.
- August 2010: Historical Western Swing - Hank Penny
- September 2010: More On Western Swing-Bill Boyd
- October 2010: Doughboys Fall Concerts
- November 2010: Bill Anderson
- April 2011: 2011 - More On Western Swing-Zeke Clements
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Leo Helmer admitted he just couldn't resist the enjoyment of finding out about and writing about musical personalities. As he said, " And I even wrote about a guitar player who gives a lot of his time to charity and a group of cloggers who also spend a lot of their time entertaining those who can’t get out to be entertained. " August 2003: "Get Well"
He also had a very informative article about the Whitehouse Harmony group who entertained at my class reunion. The group founder and leader Delbert White was the brother of one of my classmates Travis White. Both of these brothers are now deceased, but the picture filled article can be found here: November 2006: Don't Everyone Like Good Music?
The picture at the bottom of the page is current news about The Light Crust Dough Boys.