About the Group
In 1943, Edgar Clayton and Quinton Claunch got together and formed a group
that came to be known as the Blue Seal Pals, with their own radio show over
station WLAY in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The original members of the group included Edgar on vocals and guitar
wiht Quinton on electric guitar, vocals and a comic character known as "Washboard".
Bill Cantrell and his fiddle joined the group in 1944 while Dexter Johnson became
a member in 1945.
In 1946, the group expanded its horizons a bit. They moved from radio station
WLAY to WJOI in Florence, Alabama. The Blue Seal Network was formed with their
sponsor the Columbia Mill and Elevator Company, who made Blue Seal Flour. The network
grew to twelve stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.
The group caught the attention of the Solemn Old Judge George D. Hay of WSM and the
famed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. The Judge asked the group to audition
for WSM and they were subsequently asked to host The Sun Up Serenade show on
WSM on Saturday mornings.
Their personal appearances took them all over the southern part of the United States
and the East coast. They toured for a time with the Rod Brasfield show. Quinton
would play the part of Brasfield's "Gal Susie" and Dexter Johnson played the role
of "Doctor" in those shows. Other tours were with Cowboy Copas and with Minnie Pearl
on her International Harvester shows.
The Blue Seal Pals broke up as the 1940s came to an end. The group sensed that radio
was moving away from "live" performances to recordings.
Timeline & Trivia Notes
- Edgar Clayton, guitar, lead vocals, co-founder
- Quinton Claunch, guitar, vocals, co-founder
- Dexter Johnson, upright bass, mandolin, vocals
- Bill Cantrell, fiddle
- Buddy Bain, accordion, piano
Credits & Sources
- Hillbilly-Music.com wishes to thank William W. Love, who's family
was part owners of the Columbia Mill and Elevator Company in Columbia, TN that
manufactured Blue Seal Flour for providing us with information and details
about the Blue Seal Pals and the group members.
- Country Song Roundup; Issue No. 44; June 1956;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT