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Claude Casey

November 21, 1982 OHC53 268 min.


Country music performer. Born September 13, 1912. Died June 24, 1999. Real name: Jesse Claude Casey. Career active late 1930s-1950s. One of several artists to come from the Charlotte area. Radio, stage, television, and movie performer. Formed the Pine State Playboys, late 1930s. Recorded for RCA Victor, late 1930s-early 1940s. Recorded for MGM, 1946-1953.

Interview Summary

1982 November 21
(4 hours, 28 minutes)
Country music performer Claude Casey discusses his career. Discussion includes early musical influences; performing as the Carolina Hobo and his early travels; his first group, the Pine State Playboys; RCA recording sessions with Eli Oberstein; the format and content of WBT’s Dixie Jamboree; the Tennessee Ramblers and the Sage Dusters; memories of fellow musicians in his Atlanta days; movie appearances; recording sessions with Steve Sholes, Eli Oberstein, and Dan Hornsby; and memories of Fred Rose and Chet Atkins.

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