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."
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