A 1954 article mentions Rem Wall and his Green Valley Boys had been playing a "...mighty fine brand
of hillbilly music" in the Michigan area. At that time, Rem and his group had a radio show
that aired every Saturday night from 7:00 to 7:30pm over WKZO in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They
also dia television show on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 6:30pm.
A 1947 issue of Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder contains a letter from Rem Wall talking
about his group that reveals some details about his career up to that point and the band members.
For instance, we learn that Walt ("Cay" or "Coy") Martin was a steel guitar player, who was
at one time prior to joining the Green Valley Boys, with the famed Down Homers group over WOWO
in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rem mentions that Matt, his accordion player was a ham radio hobbyist
at the time.
Rem mentions in his 1947 letter that the group was "...pretty busy playing somewhere about every
night." But he mentions, they had their hearts set on a radio career.
His televsion show "Green Valley Jamboree" was said to have been on the air for over 34 years
in the Kalamazoo area.
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Rem Wall, vocals
- Matt Ogrin (or Aggrin), accordion ("folding piano")
- Chink Soule
- Sally Massey
- Leo Bounell
- Walt "Cay" or "Coy" Martin, steel guitar
- Bob Gillman, circa 1947, fiddle
- George Smith, circa 1947, guitar
- Dan Walker, (part of band, circa 1947), bass fiddle
- Marvin Francisca, bass fiddle
Credits & Sources
- Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; February-March 1947; Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co., Inc.
New York, NY
- Country Song Roundup; No. 31; May 1954; American Folk Publications, Inc.;