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Rosalie Allen
Born:  June 27, 1924
Died:  September 24, 2003
Country Music DJ Hall of Fame (1999)
Western Music Association Hall of Fame (1993)
WCOP Hayloft Jamboree
WCOP Boston, MA
WOV New York, NY (1944)

Rosalie Allen Rosalie Allen was one of eleven children, born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. Her family was said to be poor. And from those humble beginnings, when she was just nine years old, she took her first job to help the family. A 1949 article recalls that her first job was all of $2.00 a week for a restaurant, washing dishes. But through those times, she had a strong love for music and learned many a song by radio or playing the records as well as learning the art of yodeling. Her brother Joe taught her to play the guitar.

It was noted that her mom didn't exactly approve of her career intentions, but music won out. In fact, another article in 1952 hints that her mom didn't women should have careers. Rosalie began to enter amateur contests and at one of those contests.

One of those contests occurred when she was 17 (about 1941 or so) when a cowboy singer by the name of Jack Karnes put on an amateur contest in Wikesbarre, Pennsylvania. When she made her appearance, she did one of her yodeling numbers that won the crowd over and the contest as well. That also got her a regular spot on Jack Karnes' radio show.

She learned to play the guitar and mandolin, then teamed up with Gary Montana to do radio and personal appearances.

Rosalie was affectionately known as the "Queen of the Hillbillies" as well as "Champion Girl Yodeler of America" and "Queen of the Yodelers". When she was on the Boston's WCOP Hayloft Jamboree, she was a recording artist on RCA Victor. Rosalie was a bit of a trail blazer - becoming the first female "hillbilly disc jockey" - working at WOV in New York. That job came about in July of 1944, and the show was known as "Prairie Stars".

Rosalie Allen Ozark Ed Burton wrote in his 1951 column in Country Song Roundup that Rosalie was the only country music disc jockey in New York City. She had a show from 9:00pm to 11:00pm Monday through Saturday. Her show over WOV included the songs of the day as well as the stars visiting in the area. Pee Wee King mentioned he appeared on his show in his "Corn Fab" column in 1952. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were another duo that were intereviewed by her. On occasion, she would also sing along to the accompaniment of her guitar.

Some sources indicate she left WOV in 1956. But in a Country & Western Jamboree magazine article in May 1955, it notes that Rosalie had left WOV after having been there for ten years. It notes that what she did along with other stars such as Elton Britt, Denver Darlin, Zeke Manners, Montana Slim, Shorty Warren and his Western Rangers were the pioneers that helped establish country music on the east coast in the New York area.

Rosalie was a regular columnist in Country Song Roundup, writing about the latest recordings of various hillbilly artists in the "Your Song Spinner" column in the early issues of the magazine in the late 1940s and early 1950s..

She was also a song writer - she co-wrote "I Think I'll Go Home and Cry" with Roy Acuff. She co-wrote "Tomorrow's Just Another Day To Cry" with Billy Hayes.

During her recording career, she teamed up with another yodeler of fame, Elton Britt along with the Skytoppers to record several tunes together.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 1; July-August 1949; "Queen of Song"; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup No. 10; February 1951; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup No. 16; February 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country Song Roundup No. 18; June 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country & Western Jamboree; May 1955; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL

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Rose Of the Alamo

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Recordings
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-1924 A Custar Polka
  20-1924 B I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
  20-2021 A Rose Of The Alamo
  20-2021 B Me Go Where You Go, Amigo
  20-2154 A Cowpuncher's Waltz
  20-2154 B Po' Folks
  20-2237 A Hitler Lives
  20-2237 B I Can't Tell That Lie To My Heart
  20-2333 A I'll Never Grieve, Oh No No No
  20-2333 B On Silver Wings To San Antone
  20-2486 A Believe Me I'll Be Lonely
  20-2486 B Mountain Polka
  20-2608 A Never Trust A Man
  20-2608 B Take It Back And Change It For A Boy
  20-2744 A Aha San Antone
  20-2744 B If I'd Only Been True To You
  20-2853 A He Lived In Texas
  20-2853 B Whoa Sailor
  20-3022 A He Taught Me To Yodel
  20-3022 B I Wasn't Born Yesterday
  20-3138 A I'd Rather Be A Cowboy
  20-3138 B Spanish Polka
  20-3279 A Wide Rollin' Plains
  20-3279 B You Ain't Where You Come From Now
  20-4227 A If You Don't Believe I'm Leavin'
  20-4227 B Playhouse Of Love
  20-4425 A I've Paid For My Mistake
  20-4425 B Shoot Him High, Paw
  20-4683 A Hills Of Pride
  20-4683 B Tomboy
  20-4752 B Wallflower Waltz
  20-4853 A It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  20-4853 B It'd Surprise You
  20-4987 A I Gotta Have You
  20-4987 B I Laughed At Love
  20-5100 B Dream Train
  20-5121 A Hard-Hearted Woman
  20-5121 B Let Me Share Your Name
  20-5178 B Side By Side
  20-5308 A Bring Your Sweet Self Back To Me
  20-5308 B Just Wait Till I Get You Alone
  20-5322 B On And On With You
  20-5379 A Castaway
  20-5379 B My Old Familiar Headache


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