Slim Rhodes and his Mountaineers were a popular act
in Memphis going back to the 1930s.
So much so, that the Sun Record company signed them to a
recording contract in the 1950s.
The group got its start back in 1932, when Slim and two of his brothers
formed a group while they were in high school and played such venues
as the country fairs.
In a 1946 letter to the editor attributed to Slim Rhodes, he mentions
they were on WMC in Memphis, Tennessee at 11:30am each day as well
as the Central Quality Network, sponsored by Mother's Best Flour. Slim
said they had been with their sponsor for seven years by then.
It was written in a 1955 article we found that
a state senator gave the boys their colorful nicknames after hearing
them perform - Slim, Dusty and Speck.
Some may recognize the name Speck Rhodes. He played the bass fiddle then
and did comedy work. Remember him now? Later in his career, he was
part of Porter Wagoner's band. And yes, Slim, Dusty and Speck were brothers.
Slim Rhodes and his Mountaineers had a weekly Saturday show over WMCT
in Memphis, from 12:00 to 12:30. They also had a 30-minute show over KATV in
ine Bluff, Arkansas every Tuesday.
Slim was mentioned very briefly a couple times in the book, "For the Record:
Sun Records, An Oral History" by Dave Marsh, including one mention that
they recorded "Romp and Stomp".
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Slim Rhodes, guitar, emcee, manager
- Dusty Rhodes, violin, vocals
- Speck Rhodes, bass fiddle, comedy
- Buddy Simmons, electric guitar, steel guitar, vocals
Credits & Sources
- The Mountain Broadcast and Prairie Recorder; June 1946;
Mountain Broadcast Pub. Co.; New York, NY
- Country Song Roundup No. 40; September 1955;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
- For the Record, Sun Records, An Oral History;
By John Floyd; Avon Books; 1998