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Vagabonds
WSM Grand Ole Opry

About The Group

The Vagabonds were an early star act on WSM's Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s. The act was a bit different in that they had a "Traveling Unit". They wrote that it was organized so that radio audience could see in person the outstanding acts of the Opry.

They said their show was a "theatrical production" and not just an amateur routine of radio talent. Much time and money was said to have been spent so that the audience could see the "true personality" of each of the performers.

Each performer in this show was said to be a true native of the hills of Tennessee and not a synthetic product which you so often saw in theatres in the larger cities in this country.

The Vagabonds' Traveling Show appeared in some of the best theatres in the country and was said to always have attracted large crowds.

Back in the mid-1930s, the show was produced and booked under the management of the Old Cabin Company, Inc., Hitchcock Building, out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Credits & Sources

  • The Vagabonds, Herald, Dean, Curt, Old Cabin Songs No. 3; Forster Music Publisher, 1934, Chicago, Illinois.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Bluebird
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  5072 A That Little Boy Of Mine
  5072 B My Pretty Quadroon
  5103 A In The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee
  5103 B Little Shoes
  5124 A The Old Rugged Cross
  5124 B How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  5137 A In The Vine Covered Church Way Back Home
  5137 B When It's Moonlight Down In Lovers Lane
  5197 A Father, Mother, Sister, Brother
  5197 B Little Mother Of The Hills
  5244 A Forever And Ever More
  5244 B Little Old Brick Church
  5282 A Ninety Nine Years
  5282 B Death Of Jesse James
  5297 A Red River Valley
  5300 A When The Work's All Done This Fall
  5300 B Barbara Allen
  5315 A In The Valley Of Yesterday
  5315 B Four Thousand Years Ago
  5335 A Sourwood Mountain
  5381 A Old Sweet Song For A Sweet Old Lady
  5381 B At The End Of Sunset Lane
  5402 A I Will Always Call You Sweetheart
  5402 B It's Time For The Whipoorwill To Sing
  5588 A Give My Love To Mother
  5588 B Drifting In A Lover's Dream
  5989 A In My Book Of Dreams
  5989 B Sweethearts Paradise
  B-5472 A Leavenworth Jail
 
Columbia
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  38552 A If I Were A Kid
  38552 B Salt
  38691 A Marcelle Vahine
  38691 B Please Louise
 
Montgomery Ward
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  4238 A That Little Boy Of Mine
  4239 A In The Sleepy Hills Of Tennessee
  4239 B Little Shoes
  4240 A How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  4240 B The Old Rugged Cross
  4307 A My Pretty Quadroon
  4307 B Ninety Nine Years Is Almost For Life
  4382 A In The Vine Covered Church Way Back Home
  4382 B When It's Moonlight Down In Lover's Lane
  4406 A Father, Mother, Sister And Brother
  4406 B Forever And Ever More
  4422 A Four Thousand Years Ago
  4422 B In The Valley Of Yesterday
  4442 A Barbara Allen
  4442 B When The Work's All Done This Fall
  4443 A Ninety Nine Years (Is Almost For Life)
  4443 B Death Of Jesse James
  4444 A At The End Of Sunset Lane
  4444 B An Old Sweet Song For A Sweet Old Lady
  4445 A Give My Love To Mother
  4445 B I Will Always Call You Sweetheart
  4477 B Sourwood Mountain
  4479 B Red River Valley


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