Historical Recordings Collection
Clarence W. Walton was born in 1918 and grew up in Monroe, North Carolina. He attended Louisburg College and the University of North Carolina. Walton arrived in Norfolk, Virginia in October of 1941 and joined the staff of the The Ledger-Star (then the Ledger-Dispatch), where he was a reporter, state editor, and city editor. In 1953 he became the radio-TV editor and in 1957 began producing a Television Guide section. His interest in broadcasting led him to hosting "The World of Jazz" on WRVC-FM for fourteen years. He also hosted "Jazz Americana" on WLOW, and a WCPK, Chesapeake, weekly hour-long radio program of music, especially jazz, from the 1920s to the 1950s. For the last twelve years he had been on the staff of The Virginian-Pilot, where he held the position of special sections editor and Sunday editor.
Walton was married to the former Aline Frances Hatchell. They had two sons, Allan Wayne and Richard Willis, and a daughter, Cynthia Louise. He died September 6, 1978.
COLLECTION SCOPE AND CONTENTS
The Clarence W. Walton Record Collection contains approximately 6,000 45rpm, 78rpm, and 33 1/3rpm recordings of jazz and show tunes from the 1920s through the early 1970s.