During Waxahachie’s third annual Crossroads of Texas Film Festival, Ellis County natives Ronnie Dawson and Ernest Tubb were inducted in the Walk of Fame with stars in front of the Texas Theater.
Dawson and Tubb join 2014 inductees Robert Benton and Frederic Forrest on Saturday morning in downtown Waxahachie for the big moment, along with 2015 inductees Horton Foote and Bob Phillips. This year’s festival focused on the theme “Music in Film.”
Waxahachie’s Ronnie Dawson, born in Dallas in 1939, is known as a pioneer in the rockabilly music genre. Dawson’s first group was called Ronnie Dee and the D-Men, and he is most remembered for his performances on American Bandstand. Dawson’s career spanned five decades with tours across America and Europe. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 1998, and passed away in 2003 after a battle with cancer.
Ronnie’s widow Chris Dawson spoke of how blessed her family was to get to come back to Waxahachie and see so many familiar faces.
“It’s just a blessing to be here and see all of Ronnie’s friends, friends that we have loved for so long,” said Chris. “I know he’s looking down on us and loving on us right now.”
Waxahachie’s Lewis Dawson, Ronnie’s brother and one of only two living blood relatives still alive, spoke of growing up with Ronnie.
“Ronnie and I grew up in a different time,” said Lewis. “He did his music, and I did my thing trying to be a baseball player, but he was a great guy and we had a great time together.”
Ellis County native Ernest Tubb was born in 1914, the son of a sharecropper in Crisp, Texas. Tubb joined the Grand Old Opry in 1943, where he formed his band The Texas Troubadours. Tubb’s biggest hits included “Walking the Floor Over You” and “Waltz Across Texas.”
Speaking on behalf of the Tubbs family was Ernest’s great nephew Lucky Tubb.
“He was a great man, and helped many, many people in their careers, and brought joy to many peoples hearts,” said Lucky. “We try to carry on that tradition today with our music.”
Lucky performs with the group Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours.
“When I got the call from Mrs. Hollywood, I can tell you it was such an honor,” said Lucky. “Looking out over the crowd, it almost looks like a family reunion, and I can tell you Uncle Ernest would be honored to be in the same group as Mr. Dawson.”
The Crossroads of Texas film festival closed out its four-day celebration of Texas music and film with food and entertainment around the courthouse Saturday evening.