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The Kankakee Valley Boys

About the Group

About The Group

This Demotte, Indiana group was being heard over radio station WOLI in LaPorte, Indiana back in 1952, every Saturday, from 12:15pm to 12:45pm and in a 1952 article, were said to soon have a daily show on the station.

The group had recently finished a stint with WFBM-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In addition to the popular hillbilly tunes of the day, the band would also do gospel numbers as part of their show. In fact their personal appearances included many stints at churches throughout the area.

Timeline & Trivia Notes

Group Members:

  • Neal Knip, mandolin
  • Bernie Tysen, bass fiddle
  • John Nannenga, guitar and emcee

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 22; September 1952; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT