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Pete Cassell
Born:  August 27, 1917
Died:  July 29, 1954
Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame (1984)
WSB Barn Dance
WWVA Original Jamboree
WARL Arlington, VA
WSB Atlanta, GA
KWTO Springfield, MO (1948)

Pete Cassell, "The King of the Hillbillies", was born down in Atlanta, Georgia. He was blind since childhood, but it didn't hinder his ambitions. He started off studying in Atlanta Law School, but got interested in radio work and then eventually gave up the law for working on the air.

He was at WWVA a few times and was part of the WWVA Jamboree cast.

Pete was a singer and guitar player mostly, but could play the piano they said in an 'artistic style'.

Around 1949 or so, his career saw him on WARL out of Arlington, VA where he was appearing on Connie B. Gay's "Radio Ranch". On top of doing his own musical show over the station every day, he also played the part of disc jockey. His wife would type or cut the daily scripts in braille for him. During this time, he was recording for Mercury records.

They described him as about five feet eleven inches tall and about 135 pounds back then.

Credits & Sources

  • National Jamboree; October 1949; Words to Songs, Inc.; 1 East 42nd Street, New York 17, NY

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Recordings
 
Coral
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  64010 A I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
  64010 B Why Don't You Come Back To Me
 
Decca
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  46084 A Freight Train Blues
  46084 B St Louis Blues
  46104 A I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
  46104 B Why Don't You Come Back To Me
  5934 A Why Don't You Come Back To Me
  5934 B I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome
  5954 A Freight Train Blues
  5954 B St Louis Blues
  6077 A One Step More
  6077 B I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
 
Majestic
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6006 A The Last Letter
  6006 A Where The Old Red River Flows
  6006 B Where The Old Red River Flows
  6006 B The Last Letter
  6007 A Oh How I Miss You
  6007 A Oh, How I Miss You
  6007 B Letter Edged In Black
  6007 B The Letter Edged In Black
  6017 A I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In
  6017 A I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In
  6017 B Just A Message
  6017 B Just A Message
  6019 A Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals
  6019 A I Kissed You And Told You Goodbye
  6019 B I Kissed You And Told You Goodbye
  6019 B Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals
  6033 A Burning Of The Winecoff Hotel
  6033 A If You Call That Gone, Goodbye
  6033 B If You Call That Gone, Goodbye
  6033 B The Burning Of Winecoff Hotel
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6150 A Moss Covered Mill
  6150 B It's A Lonely Trail (When You're Travelin' Alone)
  6151 A The Last Letter
  6151 B Where The Old Red River Flows
  6152 A Oh, How I Miss You
  6152 B The Letter Edged In Black
  6168 A The Letter Edged In Black
  6168 B Just A Message
  6186 A It's Too Late To Say (That You're Sorry)
  6186 B Memories That Live
 
Varsity
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  45213 A Oh, How I Miss You
  45213 B The Letter Edged In Black
  8044 A Oh, How I Miss You
  8044 B The Letter Edged In Black


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