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Bob Shortridge

April 20, 1989 OHC262 189 min.


Country performer. Born May 31, 1918. Career most active 1930s. Popular regional country entertainer and radio show performer.

Interview Summary

1989 April 20
(3 hours, 9 minutes)
Bob Shortridge recalls his career as a country musician during the 1930s. Discussion includes a brief family history; his early musical influences; formation of the Mountain Melody Boys; sponsorship by the Continental Baking Company; experiences during the early years of his career, including working at The Village Barn in New York City; his role as group comedian; a description of his early shows and the accompanying advertising; the formation of the Hilltop Harmonizers; working at WNOX; appearing on the Grand Ole Opry; their hit songs, including “We’ll Rest at the End of the Trail” and other songs written by Fred Rose and Curt Polten; working for the group Salt & Peanuts; the Boys From Kentucky; joining the Army in 1940; his wife’s career as a member of the Cowgirl Swingsters; and his life outside of the music industry.

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