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Elmer Snodgrass
and the Musical Pioneers
WAKE Greenville, SC
WMRC Greenville, SC

About The Artist

Elmer Snodgrass and the Musical Pioneers were starring over WGGA in Gainesville, Georgia back in the mid-1950s. Elmer led the group and handled the emcee chores.

This five member group had a broad array of talent it seems. Helen Farmer was the female vocalist who also played guitar. Their fiddle playing was handled by Stanford Lee, a champion fiddler of North Georgia. Chuck Atha was said to sing cowboy vocals and also do impersonations of other hillbilly singers.

The group had two shows - one at 1:05pm each day and another on 8:30pm on Saturdays. The second hour of their program was usually devoted to doing gospel numbers, including taking requests from the listening audience.

Timeline and Trivia Notes

Group Members included:

  • Elmer Snodgrass, emcee, bull fiddle and comedy
  • Helen Farmer, vocals, guitar
  • Bob and Gene Still, brothers, electric guitars
  • Stanford Lee, champion fiddle player
  • Chuck Atha, vocalist and impersonated other hillbilly singers, guitar

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 47; July 1956; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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