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Prairie Ramblers
WLS National Barn Dance
WLW Midwestern Hayride

About the Group

They were one of the popular groups on WLS and the Barn Dance. Back in 1938, they were selected by listeners as one of the top 3 acts on WLS. Patsy Montana also performed with the group.

We found an old song folio of theirs, "The Prairie Ramblers Songs Of The Trail" that indicated the group was formed in 1931 and performed for many years since.

Their song library included "...cowboy songs, mountain songs, old-fashioned spirituals and side-splitting comedy." As a matter of fact, four of them were actually born in log houses.

The group was also heard regularly on the "Smile-A-While Time" radio show that began at 5:30am.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Chick Hurt, married, wife was Gladys, daughter, Nancy; likes motorcycles - used to be a highway traffic cop. Played banjo and mandolin. He was born in Willow Shade, KY. Chick and his dad used to broadcast, but not over the radio as you might think, but over the local neighborhood party line. Imagine, neighbors would listen on the phone while they performed for hours on end. In a sense, it may have been the first 'network' show of its kind.
  • Jack Taylor, married to Clina, son Daniel; played bass fiddle, guitar and one of original members of group. Born in a town called Summer Shade, KY; said to have known as much about Cattle Calls as he did about Barn Dance calls.
  • Alan Crockett, began with Prairie Ramblers 1938; related to the infamous Davy Crockett of the southwest; played fiddle and was suspected of being one of the members of the duo 'Nap and Lige (Red Foley may have been the other). Began in show business when he was 11, touring with the Croket Family all over the US and Canada.
  • Bernie Smith, 1945 or so; played guitar and electric guitar, wife was named Elizabeth. He started his entertainment career at 15, and immediately got a reputation as a whiz with the guitar. Appeared with Tommy Dorsey and other reknown bands.
  • Tex Atchison, a left-handed fiddle player
  • Salty Holmes

Sound Sample—(RealAudio Format)
When I Grow Too Old To Dream

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Recordings
 
Bluebird
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5302 A Blue River
  5302 B Tex's Dance
  5320 A Go Easy Blues
  5320 B Do Blues
  5322 A Gonna Have A Feast Here Tonight
  5322 A Shady Grove My Darling
  5322 B Shady Grove My Darling
  5322 B Gonna Have A Feast Tonight
  5395 A Rolling On
  5395 B Next Year
 
Columbia
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20202 A Maple On The Hill
  20202 B What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul
  20205 A Nobody's Darling But Mine
  20205 B You Look Pretty In An Evening Gown
  20209 A How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  20209 B Jesus Hold My Hand
  20329 A Get Hot Or Go Home
  20329 B Booley Wooger
  20336 A Does Jesus Care?
  20336 B Nobody Loves My Soul
  20339 A Only One Step More
  20339 B The Lord Is Watching Over Me
  20800 A Answer To I'll Be Back In A Year
  20800 B I'll Be Back In A Year
  37603 A What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul
  37603 B Maple On The Hill
  37606 A You Look Pretty In An Evening Gown
  37606 B Nobody's Darling But Mine
  37610 A How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  37610 B Jesus Hold My Hand
  37752 A Booley Wooger
  37752 B Get Hot Or Go Home
  37759 A Does Jesus Care
  37759 B Nobody Loves My Soul
  37762 A Only One Step More
  37762 B Lord Is Watching Over Me
 
Conqueror
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  8536 A When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  8536 B Isle Of Capri
  8573 A Nobody's Darling But Mine
  8573 B You Look Pretty In An Evening Gown
  8576 A Red Sails In The Sunset
  8576 B The Oregon Trail
  8580 A Deep Elm Blues
  8580 B Just Because
  8600 A Down By The Old Mill Stream
  8600 B Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet
  8602 A On Treasure Island
  8602 B Take Me Back To My Boots and Saddle
  8655 A Woman's Answer To Nobody's Darling
  8655 B Put On An Old Pair of Boots And Saddle Up Your Horse
  8710 A I'm Looking For The Bully Of The Town
  8710 B Ridin' Down The Canyon When The Desert Sun Goes Down
  8712 A Maple On The Hill No. 2
  8712 B What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul
  8713 A There's More Pretty Girls Than One
  8713 B We Parted By The River Side
  8726 A How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  8726 B Jesus Hold My Hand
  8786 A I'm a Wild And Reckless Cowboy
  8786 B With A Banjo On My Knee
  8811 A Will I Ride The Range In Heaven
  8811 B There's No Disappointment In Heaven
  8830 A Raise The Roof In Georgia
  8830 B Bacon Rind
  8831 A Kansas City Rag
  8831 B Smoky Mountain Schottische
  8832 A Somebody's Darling Not Mine
  8832 B In The Dog House Now
  8891 A I'll Be True To The One I Love
  8891 B Paint A Rose On The Garden Wall
  8892 A Maple On The Hill No. 4
  8892 B Cactus Blossoms
  8975 A By The Grave Of Nobody's Darling
  8975 B I wish I Had Never Seen Sunshine
  8976 A On The Sunnyside Of The Rockies
  8976 B Ten Little Miles
  8977 A High Wide and Handsome
  8977 B Headin' For The Rio Grande
  8978 A Nobody Loves My Soul
  8978 B Does Jesus Care?
  9002 A I'll Be Hanged (If They're Going To Hang Me)
  9002 B He Was A Traveling Man
  9024 A Fetch Me Down My Trusty .45
  9024 B Old Cowboy
  9109 A Somebody Knows
  9109 B Mountain Home
  9110 A Somebody's Smile
  9110 B Poor Ole Davy
  9153 A I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
  9153 B The Lonesome Trail Ain't Lonesome Any More
  9263 A Singing In The Saddle
  9263 B A Rip-Rip-Snortin' Two Gun Girl
  9264 A The Lord Is Watching Over Me
  9264 B Only One Step More
  9265 A Please Send Me To Jail, Judge
  9265 B They Can't Shoot Me In The Morning
  9272 A Hitch Up The Horse And Buggy
  9272 B Sour Dough Dan
  9322 A I'd Love To Be A Cowboy
  9322 B I Wanna Be A Western Cowgirl
  9326 A Just Because You're In Deep Elem
  9326 B I Just Don't Care Anymore
  9327 A Back In '67
  9327 B You Can't Break The Heart Of A Farmer
  9588 A Get Hot Or Go Home
  9588 B Sugar Hill
  9590 A Be Honest With Me
  9590 B Since I Lost My Darling
  9669 A Maple On The Hill #4
  9717 A Dese Bones Gwine Rise Agin
  9717 B Wine, Women And Song
  9722 A Sing It Fast And Hot
  9722 B Old Mississippi Moon
  9723 A All I Ever Do Is Wait
  9723 B I Won't Mind
  9724 A Booley Wooger
  9724 B Good Old Fashioned Hoe Down
  9725 A I'll Be Back In A Year (Little Darlin')
  9725 B I've Got A Gal In Ev'ry State
  9726 A I'll Come Back To You
  9726 B The Mountains Will See Her Face No More
  9727 A Little Turtle Dove
  9727 B Double Crossing Mama
  9754 A Rustic Schottische
  9754 B Smoky Mountain Schottische
  9755 A Kansas City Rag
  9778 A I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart #2
  9778 B Rodeo Sweetheart
  9825 A Don't Say Goodbye Little Darling
  9825 B Sergeant! Can You Spare A Girl
  9826 A Answer To I'll Be Waiting For You
  9826 B Double Crossin' Daddy
  9827 A My Darling Of The Valley
  9827 B Lonesome For You, Annabelle
  9828 A My Head Went Round And Round
  9828 B Nellie's Not The Same Nell Now
  9829 A Don't Think Anymore About Me
  9829 B Tell Me Little Gal, Ain't I Your Feller?
  9830 A Smile Through Tear Drops
  9830 B Darling, Do You Love Another?
  9831 A I'll Love You Til I Die
  9831 B You Were Right And I Was Wrong
  9832 A An Old Revival Meetin'
  9832 B There's No Place For The Devil In My Home
  9927 A Beaver Creek
  9927 B Rollin' Along
 
Melotone
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  7-09-51 A Will I Ride The Range In Heaven
  7-09-51 B Maple On The Hill No. 4
 
Mercury
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6019 A Many Tears Ago
  6019 B You Ain't Got No Hillbilly Anymore
  6023 A I Don't Love Anybody But You
  6023 B South
  6032 A Girl At The End Of The Bar
  6032 B I'm A Married Man
  6035 A Jolie Blon
  6035 B Open Up That Door, Hiram
  6051 A Have A Heart, Taft Hartley
  6051 B One Hour - Puppy Love
  6072 A You're The Fly In My Ointment
  6072 B You'Ve Got Me In The Doghouse Now
  6097 A Hula Hula Babies
  6097 B That New Vitamin
  6101 A Easy To Please
  6101 B No Other Darlin'
  6116 A Broken Heart For Sale
  6116 B Don't Send My Boy To Prison
  6143 A Deed We Do
  6143 B You Ain't Got No Hillbilly Anymore
  6167 A Just A Minute
  6167 B Wish I Was On That Train
  6283 A Open Up That Door, Hiram
 
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4418 A De Blues
  4418 B Go Easy Blues
  4471 A Shady Grove My Darling
  4471 B Gonna Have A Feast Here Tonight
  4472 A Tex's Dance
  4472 B Blue River
  4483 A Next Year
  4483 B Rolling On
 
Perfect
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  19125 A You Look Pretty In Evening Gown
  19125 B Nobody's Darling But Mine
 
Vocalion
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  05002 A Down The Lane Of Memory
  05002 B Who Will Love You When I'm Gone
  05081 A Gotta Hit The Texas Trail Tonight
  05231 A Please Come Home
  05231 B I'm Just A Poor Hillbilly Looking For A Hill


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