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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pappy O'Daniel & His Hillbilly Boys Radio Broadcast from 1939

I listen to a lot of old radio programs, but I hadn't found any of Pappy's noon-time programs until recently. This is a recording from 1939. Bob Wills & other prominent members of the Light Crust Doughboys had quit working for O'Daniel well before 1939, so this is another band O'Daniel formed to promote his Fort Worth-based flour company. If I've got my dates correct, Pappy was Governor of Texas while he did this show.

As a national magazine reporter wrote at the time: "At twelve-thirty sharp each day, a fifteen-minute silence reigned in the state of Texas, broken only by mountain music, and the dulcet voice of W. Lee O'Daniel."