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Marvin Montgomery

June 17, 1988 OHC198 110 min.


Country performer. Born 1913. Died June 6, 2001. Real name: Marvin Wetter. AKA: “Smokey” Montgomery. Died June 6, 2001. Tenor banjoist. Joined the Light Crust Doughboys in 1935, appointed bandleader in 1948. Remained active with the band until his death.

Interview Summary

1988 June 17
(1 hour, 50 minutes)
Marvin Montgomery, member of the Light Crust Doughboys, discusses his long music career. Discussion includes childhood and early musical influences; his move to Texas and the early years of his career; joining the Light Crust Doughboys; recording sessions with Art Satherley; stories of W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel; appearing in Gene Autry films; memories of Knocky Parker’s addition to the group; experiences traveling with the band; his work during World War II; his first television appearance; and milestones from his long career.

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