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The Hometowners
WLS National Barn Dance
WLS Chicago, IL

About The Group

This group was with WLS in 1936 when we found them in an old WLS Family Album. They do not appear to be the same Hometowners group that we found mentioned in a 1957 Country Song Roundup magazine that had them on WLW's Midwestern Hayride. They may have been similar perhaps to the Hoosier Hot Shots group as they mentioned this group '...also plays funny tunes on funny instruments.' The smallest member of the group they said was William Racherbaumer and they said he had a big booming bass voice.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • William Racherbaumer, bass vocals
  • Paul Nettinga, tenor vocals
  • Phil Kalar, baritone vocals
  • Jack Eliot, second tenor vocals

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 51, August 1957, American Folk Publications, Inc. Derby, Ct.

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6014 A Keep Movin' On
  6014 B Nobody Knows

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