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Smilin' Sam
WHO Iowa Barn Dance Frolic
WHO Des Moines, IA (1931)

About The Artist

Smilin' Sam was born Albert Bysinger. They said he always brought both "...his grin and his guitar to the microphone for one of his many versed hill-billy ballads." (For some reason, some publications would spell it hill-billy back then versus the more common, hillbilly.).

They said he got his start in broadcasting back in the late 1920s, using his real name then. He came to WHO in 1931 and continued to entertain the audiences of the Iowa Barn Dance Frolic through it appears at least the late 1930s.

Credits & Sources

  • Souvenir Program, W-H-O Barn Dance Frolic; Publication date, circa 1939