Sleepy Marlin was born back in 1915 in Southern Illinois to a family
that owned a farm. Took up the fiddle rather early - they wrote he
was born with it practically in his hands. He started his radio career
when he was just 18, with a band he had called the "Drifting Pioneers"
and got a bit of a reputation. But World War II broke up that act.
When he got out of the service, he was in Louisville, Kentucky in 1948
to start his career up again. And he got it started again in a big way.
He entered the National Fiddle Contest at the Kentucky State competition
and took the first prize two years running.
Those feats got him noticed and led to appearances as a guest on Faye
Emerson's "Wonderful Town" show that aired on the CBS-TV network out
of New York. He was also on the Canadian Broadcasting Company network
that was coast to coast Canada. And also guested on the National Barn
Dance that aired over WLS in Chicago.
Mid 1954 found him with WHAS radio in Louisville, Kentucky, a CBS network
Sleepy didn't rest on us US National laurels in fiddling competition. In
1953, he entered the Canadian National Fiddle contest, an annual event
hosted in Shelburne, Ontario and took first place there, too, becoming the
"Canadian National Champion Novelty Fiddler".
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 32; June 1954; American Folk
Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT.