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Jimmy Kish

September 5, 1975 OH87 77 min.


Country performer. Career most active 1940s-1960s. Square dance caller and musician. Worked on Pee Wee King’s radio show and appeared in several movies with Red River Dave McEnery. Known as “The Flying Cowboy” for his skill as a pilot and use of airplanes for travel to personal appearances.

Interview Summary

1975 September 5
(1 hour, 17 minutes)
Country entertainer Jimmy Kish talks about his career. Discussion includes the start of his entertainment career in a 1940s medicine show; his early musical influences; the development of his band and his role as a square dance caller; working for Pee Wee King; his work as a radio performer; experiences as a traveling performer, including work with Smiley Burnette; his experiences as a licensed pilot; his work with Red River Dave; and an overview of his recording career.

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