Marian Hall was a bit of a trend setter back in the 1950s, she was
the "Queen of Steel" when up till then, the steel guitar was a male-dominated
Marian and her sister, Joan Hall, got a break when they were signed
by KFI-TV to do a 13 week television show of their own called "Western Jubilee".
They sang as a duo, Marian singing and playing the steel, while Joan sang
and played rhythm guitar. After the show's run ended, they did other
radio and tv shows in the area.
Then, Marian went on a tour that took her to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister
Joan took to singing in the Western night clubs. But in 1952, Marian
came back home, rested a bit, then joined up with Skeets McDonald for
a national tour.
In 1955, the Town Hall Party out of Compton, California was showcasing
her as the feature steel player on the show.
In September 1955, she married Larry Landers, an engineering student
at UCLA at the time. They were living in southeast Los Angeles, near
where the Town Hall was located.
Credits and Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 45; March 1956; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT