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Elmer Snodgrass
and the Musical Pioneers
WAKE Greenville, SC
WMRC Greenville, SC

Elmer Snodgrass and the Musical Pioneers were starring over WGGA in Gainesville, Georgia back in the mid-1950s. Elmer led the group and handled the emcee chores.

This five member group had a broad array of talent it seems. Helen Farmer was the female vocalist who also played guitar. Their fiddle playing was handled by Stanford Lee, a champion fiddler of North Georgia. Chuck Atha was said to sing cowboy vocals and also do impersonations of other hillbilly singers.

The group had two shows - one at 1:05pm each day and another on 8:30pm on Saturdays. The second hour of their program was usually devoted to doing gospel numbers, including taking requests from the listening audience.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Elmer Snodgrass, emcee, bull fiddle and comedy
  • Helen Farmer, vocals, guitar
  • Bob and Gene Still, brothers, electric guitars
  • Stanford Lee, champion fiddle player
  • Chuck Atha, vocalist and impersonated other hillbilly singers, guitar

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 47; July 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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