07/06/09 152 W, 1 I - + 12 - 10 The Biggest Hillbilly Broadcast in Dixie, 1945

From our Department of Eccentric Artifacts, here's an amusing News & Observer advertisement from December, 1945. It's promoting a Grand Ole Opry-style stage show at the State Theater. Four big shows every Saturday, and two of them broadcast on WPTF radio. How about that line-up? Smiling Eddie Hall! Little Cliff Beckwith! Looney Luke and Delphine! Okay, okay, the names are corny, but the acts were real. Google finds a few them of them, such as these memories of the Lone Star Quartet. Searching the great AllMusic site, however, finds far fewer. Wonder how many were regional versus local acts? Maybe our readers can provide some cultural or musical context. Wonder what kind of dancing was done, as well? This blogger's favorite is the two-step, has been around since the turn of the last century. Quick, somebody hand me my boots! Click once or twice to enlarge:

Hillbilly music is also called old-time music, and is described in this Wiki article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-time_mu..
Legeros - 07/06/09 - 21:43

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