Back to Oral History
  • Oral History

Bill Callahan

January 4, 1979 OHC50 126 min.


Country performer. Born March 27, 1912. Died September 12, 2002. Career active 1930s-1950s. Real name: Homer C. Callahan. With brother, Walter “Joe” Callahan, formed the harmony duo the Callahan Brothers. The duo was known for their blues influence, expert yodeling, and comedy. Recorded for Decca during the 1940s and Columbia during the early 1950s.

Interview Summary

1979 January 4
(2 hours, 6 minutes)
Country performer Bill Callahan talks about his career as a member of the Callahan Brothers. Discussion includes family history; childhood and the start of his music career; the performance style of the Callahan Brothers; his recording career and early radio work; memories of performers he worked with through the years, including Bill Boyd and Moon Mullican; the role of comedy in their act; and the importance of personal appearances in the career of a performer.

We use cookies in the following ways: (1) for system administration, (2) to assess the performance of the website, (3) to personalize your experience, content and ads, (4) to provide social media features, and (5) to analyze our traffic. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website. Please consult instructions for your web browser to disable or block cookies, or to receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your computer or mobile device. Read our Privacy Policy.