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Girls Of The Golden West
Hometown Jamboree
KMOX County Fair
Renfro Valley Barn Dance
WLS National Barn Dance
WLW Boone County Jamboree
KFBI Abilene, TX
KMOX St. Louis, MO
WLS Chicago, IL
WLW Cincinnati, OH
XER Villa Acuna,

About the Group

The Girls of the Golden West performed on WLS and on the Barn Dance in the mid-1930's were sisters and were from Mule Shoe, TX. They spent most of their childhood in Illinois however.

The gals got their break in the radio business when they joined station KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri. From there, they moved to a station out west (unknown as yet to us) and then to Old Mexico. From there, a WLS talent scout got them to appear on the WLS National Barn Dance. They stayed with the show for about two or three years.

Their talent was such that the NBC network wanted them in New York City. There, they appeared on such shows as the Rudy Vallee show, the Bob Burns show, etc.

In 1937, John Lair had organized the legendary Renfro Valley Barn Dance that was an NBC show appearing on WLW out of Cincinnati. He got the girls to appear on that show while it was on WLW. Later, Mr. Lair moved the broadcast of the Renfro Valley Barn Dance to WHAS. But Millie and Dolly decided they liked working at WLW and stayed there and left the Renfro Valley Barn Dance.

The Girls of the Golden West appeared on the "Midwestern Hayride" show that was on every Saturday night at 6:30pm. Millie also appeared with the Browns Ferry Four (an interesting group itself) and Dolly appeared on the "Circle Arrow" show, both of which aired over WLW.

They said back in 1948, if you could get WLW on your radio, then let the girls "...yodel your troubles away."

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Millie Good, wife of Bill McCluskey
  • Dollie Good, married to Tex Atchison of the Prairie Ramblers

Credits & Sources

  • Jamboree Magazine; October 1948; Western Song Club; Ventura, CA.

Sound Sample—(RealAudio Format)
Roll Along Prairie Moon

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Recordings
 
Bluebird
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5155 A I Started Out From Texas
  5155 B Colorado Blues
  5167A A You Get A Line And I'll Get A Pole
  5167B B That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
  5189 A Hi Ho Hi Ho
  5189 B Listen To The Story Of Sleepy Hollow Bill
  5226 A Baby's Lullaby
  5226 B Put Away My Little Shoes
  5318 A Home Sweet Home In Texas
  5318 B The Cowgirl's Dream
  5382 A Dying Cowboy On The Prairie
  5382 B Roundup Time In Texas
  5394 B The Tramps Mother
  5427 A Old Pal Of Yesterday
  5427 B When The Bees Are In The Hive
  5718 A Git Along Little Doggies
  5718 B Old Chisholm Trail
  5719 A Cowboy Jack
  5719 B Ride Ride Ride
  5737 A Lonesome For You Caroline
  5737 B Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
  5752 A Bucking Broncho
  5752 B By The Silvery Rio Grande
  8562 A Lonesome Valley Sally
  8562 B Two Cowgirls On The Lone Prairie
  8587 A Going Back To Mississippi
  8587 B Will There Be Any Yodelers In Heaven
 
Columbia
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20296 A Oh Darling, You're Breaking My Heart
  20296 B By The Grave Of Nobody's Darling
  20297 A On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies
  20297 B Cowboy's Love Call
  20298 A I Love Her Just The Same
  20298 B There's A Silver Moon On The Golden Gate
  20300 A I Want To Be A Real Cowboy's Girl
  20300 B Barn Dance Of Long Ago
  20301 A Roundup In Cheyenne
  20301 B Ragtime Cowboy Joe
  20335 A Will There Be Any Yodeling In Heaven?
  20335 B Only One Step More
  37719 A You're Breaking My Heart
  37719 B By The Grave Of Nobody's Darlin'
  37720 A On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies
  37720 B Cowboy Love Call
  37721 A There's A Silver Moon On The Golden Gate
  37721 B I Love Her Just The Same
  37723 A I Want To Be A Real Cowboy's Girl
  37723 B Barn Dance Of Long Ago
  37724 A Ragtime Cowboy Joe
  37724 B Roundup In Cheyenne
  37758 A Only One Step More
  37758 B Will There Be Any Yodelling In Heaven
 
Conqueror
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  9009 A On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies
  9009 B By The Grave Of Nobody's Darling
  9010 A The Roundup In Cheyenne
  9010 B I Want To Be A Real Cowboy's Girl
  9114 A Cowboy's Love Call
  9114 B I Love Her Just The Same
  9115 A Roamin' In The Gloamin'
  9115 B Texas Moon
  9696 A Texas Moon
  9696 B Ragtime Cowboy Joe
 
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4384 A Colorado Blues
  4384 B I Started Out From Texas
  4404 A Put Away My Little Shoes
  4404 B Baby's Lullaby
  4412 A Hi-O Hi-O
  4412 B Listen To The Story Of Sleepy Hollow Hill
  4455 A You Get A Line And I'll Get A Pole
  4455 B That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
  4461 A Roundup Time In Texas
  4461 B Dying Cowboy On The Prairie
  4486 A When The Bees Are In The Hive
  4486 B The Tramps Mother
  4802 A Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle
  4802 B I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl
  4803 A Faded Love Letters Of Mine
  4803 B Take Me Back To Renfro Valley
  4820 A There's An Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse Tonight
  4980 A On Treasure Island
  4980 B Red Sails In The Sunset
  7202 A Carry Me Back To Mountains
  7202 B My Dear Old Arizona Home
  7203 A Let Me Sleep On The Edge Of The Prairie
  7203 B Ride, Ride, Ride
  7204 A Bucking Bronco
  7204 B By The Silvery Rio Grande
  7860 A Cowboy's Heaven
  7860 B My Cross Eyed Beau
  7861 A My Dear Old Arizona Home
  7861 B Carry Me Back To The Mountains
  7862 A Will There Be Any Yodelers In Heaven
  7862 B Going Back To Mississippi
  7863 A We'll Meet At The End Of The Trail
  7863 B Two Cowgirls On The Lone Prairie
  M-4417 A Home Sweet Home In Texas
  M-4417 B The Cowgirl's Dream
  M-4801 A Roll Along Prairie Moon
  M-4801 B The Oregon Trail
 
Vocalion
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  04022 A Oh Darling, You're Breakin' My Heart
  04022 B By The Grave Of Nobody's Darling
  04053 A Will There Be Any Yodeling In Heaven?
  04053 B Only One Step More
  04103 A On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies
  04103 B Cowboy Love Call
  04147 A I Love Her Just The Same
  04147 B There's A Silver Moon On The Golden Gate
  04234 A Barn Dance Of Long Ago
  04234 B I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl
  04292 A Ragtime Cowboy Joe
  04292 B Roundup In Cheyenne
  04373 A Texas Moon
  04373 B Roamin' In The Gloamin'


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