Tommy Scott was born in a little town near Toccoa, Georgia, up in the mountains
about 100 miles east of Atlanta. Tommy began his musical career when he was
around ten years old, playing the guitar and singing for old-time square
dances and parties.
When he graduated from high school, his first job was with a platform medicine
show, where they played about a week in each town they went to.
In 1933, Tommy did his first radio show over WTFL, a small radio station
near Athens, Georgia.
Along the way, he worked at several other small radio stations and travelled
in shows such as circuses, radio dramatics and variety shows.
In 1937, Ramblin' Tommy met up with Uncle Pete and Minervy and was part of
their home town show which was a fifteen minute dramatic show over WPTF
in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It wasn't too long though before he joined a well known recording group
and started working on the WWVA Jamboree out of Wheeling, West Virginia.
There, Tommy became a featured soloist and did a black-face routine (who's
character name may have been "Lightning")
which he did for audiences in several states. Another character was that of "Luck McLuke"
(a talking mannequin) which was said to be his favorite comedy routine throughout
his career up to that point.
Ramblin' Tommy then moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1939 where he began doing
an early morning broadcast over WHAS. When he wasn't working on the station,
he was busy making personal appearances with other groups in the nearby towns
in the Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia areas.
Later on he started doing radio transcriptions which were at one time
broadcast on 82 radio stations across the United States. Some of these
stations included KRLD in Dallas, Texas; WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina;
WBIG in Greensboro, North Carolina; WSM in Nashville, Tennessee; and cities
such as Shreveport, Lousiana, Cincinnati, Ohio, Little Rock, Arkansas;
Memphis, Tennesse and on it goes.
Around 1948, he was doing his own show and was known as "Ramblin' Tommy
Scott's Hollywood Hillbilly Jamboree".
In 1939, he married his wife, Frankie. They had a child named Sandre Yvette
Scott. Both were a part of his show at the time.