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Jim Hall
and the Radio Rangers
WFNS Burlington, NC
WSPA Spartansburg, SC
WSVA Harrisonburg, VA

About The Artist

Jim Hall was born in Dublin County, North Carolina. The story goes that "...he has always had a guitar in his hand and a song to go with it."

His career began in his early 20s when he worked at radio station WSPA in Spartansburg, South Carolina, just singing and strumming his guitar.

If you were in Burlington, North Carolina back in 1951 and listening to radio station WFNS, you probably heard Jim Hall performing as he did four and a half hours of radio work back then for them. According to one article, his shows had the largest listening audience in the area.

He was known for the variety he could do and had many of the stars of the day stop by and appear on his show, such as Pee Wee King, the Bailey Brothers, Johnnie and Jack, Ernest Tubb.

Jim was also a songwriter, having his tunes published by the Blue Ribbon Music Co. back then and was said to start recording for them.

Weekends in 1957 nights saw Jim Hall and the Radio Rangers doing two different barn dances. One was in Liberty, North Carolina, the other was in High Point, North Carolina.

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 15; December 1951; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT
  • Country & Western Jamboree; January 1957; Maher Publications, Inc.; Chicago, IL

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  402 A As Long As You Have That Smile
  402 A As Long As You Have That Smile
  402 B Rainbow At Midnight
  402 B Rainbow At Midnight
  426 A The Barn Dance Stomp
  426 B The World's Unfair
  429 A I'll Wear A White Flower For You
  429 B Light In The Valley
  438 A I've Cried And Cried
  438 B I Want To Be Alone